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Broncos remain undefeated

Todd Rose | Daily Press Bark River-Harris’ Nick Javurek (14) shoots a layup against Stephenson Wednesday at Bark River.

HARRIS — With a Wednesday night victory, the Bark River-Harris Broncos boys’ basketball team (8-0) remains undefeated in the 2020-2021 basketball season as they beat the Stephenson Eagles (3-3) 55-44 in Harris.

“Collectively it was a good win,” Broncos head coach Marc Zawacki said. “I’m happy with where we are at.”

Even with the success, Zawacki is keeping himself and the team grounded.

“It’s nice, but it’s a pretty long road,” coach Zawacki said. “We’re not looking forward or past anybody, we’re just trying to improve each game.

“We’re going to regroup tomorrow, (have) a quick practice and start preparing for North Central on Friday.”

Consistent scoring all night was the key to victory for the Broncos. After opening the game with a 16 point first quarter, they scored 13 in each quarter after that.

Trenton Wood-Keshick, who had 15 points in the first half –22 total — put up the first points for Bark River. However, Wood-Keshick’s two would elicit a quick response from the Eagles as Jett Starzynski — all 12 of his points coming from triples — nailed a three. The 3-2 lead was the only time Stephenson would be ahead the whole night.

In the opening seconds of the third, Wood-Keshich earned his third foul of the night. With their leading scorer on the bench, the rest of the Broncos stepped up.

“I took him out for a little bit,” said coach Zawacki. “He’s, obviously, a big part of our team. (But) they all are, everybody is from top to bottom … If he’s not on (Wood-Keshick) or they’re taking something away we’ve got other guys who are stepping up, so that’s always nice.”

On top of Keshick’s 22, Carter Zawacki and Joey Stein each put up ten points for the Broncos.

Eagles head coach Christina Londo, despite the loss, is happy where his team sits right now. Especially after the team won only two games last season.

“I thought my guys played hard, Bark River’s a really good team,” said Londo. “This is the same team that won only two games last year … With last year being a two-win team, we’re already above and beyond that.”

Even though the Eagles lost, Londo was still happy with improvements made by his team.

“We played them (Bark River) the first time and lost by 14, here by 12, so it’s getting better,” he said. “We’re moving the ball a lot better, and the shots are going down … We just got to keep moving the ball and get those open shooters.

“That was a good team we played today (and) we have four games next week to continue to get better.”

The first of the four games for the Eagles is a home contest against Mid Peninsula on Monday.

The Broncos, who won the JV game 54-15, host North Central Friday.

Stephenson 13 7 9 15 — 44

Bark River-Harris 16 13 13 13 — 56

Stephenson — Kuehnau 15, Starzynski 12, James Coldren 8, Cappaert 3, Kolby Thoune 2, Elson 2, Wyatt Thoune 2; F:19; FT: 1-3; Fouled out: James Coldren; 3-point field goals: Starzynski 4, Cappaert.

Bark River-Harris — Wood-Keshick 22, Zawacki 10, Stein 10, Javurek 7, Robinette 3, Peterson 2, Dylon Lippens 2. F: 8; FT: 13-19; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Zawacki.

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