Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bronco Basketball Update

As we told you earlier today, the commitment of Zach Haney meant that someone was leaving, and we now have word from Twitter that Edmunds Dukulis and Joey Nebeker will not be returning next year.

Broncos Sweep Utah State

There's good news out of Dona Larsen Park.  The Broncos rallied to beat Utah State 11-9 in the game resumed from yesterday's rainout.  Then, Boise State whipped the Aggie women 10-1 to sweep the mid-week three-game series, something the Lady Broncos had to do to have a good shot at the Mountain West title.

Boise State shattered the Mountain West record for stolen bases.  Jordan Kreiger's swipe of second base in the sixth inning of the nightcap gave Boise State 88, and the opportunistic Broncos recorded five more after that to give them 93 for the season.

Boise State has now won nine of their last eleven.  The Lady Broncos moved into fourth place, one-half game ahead of 10-7 UNLV, and in a statistical tie with the three co-leaders (Fresno State, Colorado State and San Diego State, all with 9-5 records).

Although Boise State is now up with the conference leaders, they have a long ways to go to win the championship, because there are so many teams bunched up.  The Broncos have six games remaining, and probably need at least five wins to finish in first, and probably need at least two of three in their season-ending series at San Diego State. 

After a game at Idaho State, Boise State returns home for a three-game series next weekend with New Mexico.

Here are the current league standings:

1.  Colorado State 9-5
1.  Fresno State 9-5
1.  San Diego State 9-5
4.  Boise State 11-7
5.  UNLV 10-7
6.  San Jose State 8-6

Boise State Reduces Size Disadvantage

Boise State head basketball coach Leon Rice recognized right away that to compete with the elite of the Mountain West Conference, he would need height on his roster.  This year, with the addition of David Wacker, Kevin Allen and now is newest recruit, Zach Haney, Rice has addressed that need.

Haney, 6-11, 222 pounds from Atascocita High School in Texas, has verbally committed to Boise State.  That gives Boise State 14 players on scholarship, one over the limit, meaning that someone is leaving or has already left the program.

Haney chose Boise State over offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, Nevada, and Stephen F. Austin and interest from Colorado State and Virginia Tech.