BHS Tops HHS

Posted: December 14, 2013

Broadway's Austin Phares drives against Harrisonburg on Friday. Bhs won 54-36. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
BROADWAY — The first half was not good for the Broadway High School boys’ basketball team Friday night. It managed just 13 points on three field goals. It made three of seven free throws. But what needed to change had nothing to do with Xs and Os.

“When things weren’t going well and they’re down on themselves — free throws aren’t going in, we’re not making shots, we didn’t have any energy — you’re the only person who can change that,” BHS coach Dwight Walton said. “You have to change what’s going on out there.”

So the Gobblers did.

“I got mad,” BHS senior guard Austin Phares said. “Everybody else got mad in the locker room. We all realized that, if we don’t start playing the way we know we can, we’re going to lose, and so that kind of made us mad, and we started playing hard.”

BHS rallied after trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half to outscore Harrisonburg 20-3 in the third quarter en route to a 54-36 win.

The angry Phares led the Gobblers (2-1) with a game-high 23 points, making two 3-pointers and going 7-for-11 from the free-throw line — while lamenting the alley-oop that almost was at the 5:07 mark in the second quarter.

“That was completely my fault,” Phares said. “Tyler [Williams] threw that perfect. I should have thrown that one down.”

Sophomore guard Brenlee Reedy added 10 points for BHS, which led by as many as 22 points with 1:26 left in the game.

“They came out just like they always do, battled every possession, got every loose ball, every offensive rebound and wanted it more than we did,” Harrisonburg coach Scott Joyner said.

The Gobblers more than tripled their scoring output from the first to second half — 13 to 41 — and they got help to do it. HHS (0-5) had 27 fouls, and BHS made 20 of 35 free throws. The Blue Streaks made just six of 14 from the foul line, and none of their players had double-figure points.

HARRISONBURG

Whitelow 3 1-2 7, Zingg 3 0-2 8, Wise 1 2-2 5, Cruz 3 0-2 6, Imeson 1 1-2 3, Marcum 2 0-2 7, Philips 0 0-2 0. Totals 13 6-14 36.

BROADWAY

Williams 2 2-6 6, Phares 7 7-11 23, Reedy 3 4-7 10, Hahn 2 2-3 6, Miller 0 1-2 1, Skidmore 1 3-4 5, Mills 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 20-35 54.

Harrisonburg       12 8   3 13 — 36
Broadway               6 7 20 21 — 54


3-point goals—HHS 4 (Zingg 2, Wise 1, Marcum 1), BHS 2 (Phares 2). Fouled out—HHS (Philips, Zingg), BHS (Hahn). Total fouls—HHS 27, BHS 14.