Broncos hit 11 3s, hold off Trojans by 15

BLAIRSBURG – Northeast Hamilton hung around for a while here last night, but eventually Belmond-Klemme’s long-range bombers began to hit their target.

And there wasn’t much the Trojans could do to stop the Broncos.

Belmond-Klemme – a force in the rugged North Iowa Conference – scorched the nets for 8 3-point baskets in the first half and 11 in all in a 55-40 non-conference victory over Northeast Hamilton.

The Broncos (16-6) knocked down five 3s in the opening quarter – they had just one field goal inside the arc during that stretch – and they seized control for good with a 10-0 run early in the second quarter.

NEH head coach John Seiser found plenty of things to be pleased about with his team, but he said the Broncos’ balance was just too tough to stop.

“That was one of our better overall efforts this year, but they’re a really good team,” he said. “They’ve got three or four guys that can hit (3s), so it’s just really tough. We really didn’t have an answer for that.”

Court Christianson rained in four triples in the first half and he finished with five and 15 points to set the pace for the Broncos. Caleb Torkelson knocked down three 3s for nine points, and Colin Lane, Elijah Kinseth and Nathan Hildebrand all had one.

Lane and Kinseth both finished with eight points.

NEH (7-11) trailed 45-28 after three quarters and then outscored Belmond-Klemme 12-10 over the final 8 minutes.

Noah Ronnfeldt and Logan Seiser again did the majority of scoring and rebounding for the Trojans. They both had a double-double; Ronnfeldt with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Seiser with 13 points and 10 boards. Seiser also blocked six shots, including three in the first quarter to help the Trojans stay within two, 11-9.

NEH will be back at home on Friday to face Prairie Valley. The junior varsity game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the varsity contest.