The Falls High School boys' basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak Monday, beating the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers 61-60 at home.

The win puts the Broncos' record at 6-7.

Top scorers

  • Armando Barrios - 18 points (7 field-goals and 4 free-throws)
  • Max Olson - 15 points (4 three-pointers, 1 field-goal and 1 free-throw)
  • Cullen Rein - 14 points (3 field-goals, 2 three-pointers and 2 free-throws)

Game summary

Both teams found little trouble finding the basket in the opening minutes of the game, using quick ball movement to find open shots.

The Broncos and Rangers traded leads through the first part of the opening half, but the home team gained a slight lead by pulling in key rebounds.

The Broncos were able to maintain a four-point lead throughout the rest of the first half, heading to halftime with a 32-28 lead.

At the beginning of the second half, the Rangers scored some three-point shots to take back the lead.

Both teams spent the rest of the second half trading shots and leads, though the Rangers came away with a one point lead with under a minute to go.

The outcome of the game fell on the shoulders of senior guard Garrett Koenig, who was fouled with three seconds to go in the game.

Koenig said it all came down to focusing on the task at hand and getting his team the victory.

"I knew I needed to block out the noise and focus on the rim," he said.

Koenig went on to sink both free-throws to give the Broncos a one-point lead, sealing the victory.

Head coach Amis MacKenzie said the Broncos had the winning edge from the teamwork they showed.

"This has probably been the best game for us to show what we are capable of, because this was a very good Mountain Iron team we just beat," he said.

MacKenzie also said he was happy to break a five-game slide in such a fashion.

"It feels great. We have a couple tough ones coming up on Friday and Saturday, so hopefully a game like this will keep us on the right track," he said.

Koenig echoed the sentiment, saying he believes if the Broncos keep playing with the energy they had against the Rangers, they can close out the season with some more wins.

"We need to keep the energy we showed tonight along with the same intensity. If we do that we'll be set," he said.

The Broncos will be back on the court at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, when they host the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers.

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