With last week's loss to Fremd still fresh on Barrington's mind, the Broncos boys basketball team was determined not to let another conference win slip through their grasp.
Shooting 81 percent for the entire second half, the Broncos thwarted a previously surging Saxons squad, 52-37, at home on Friday night to improve to 14-4 on the season.
"We knew they (Schaumburg) were a dangerous and talented team," said Broncos head coach Bryan Tucker. "In their last two conference games (wins against Fremd and Palatine), they beat the teams who had beaten us … they certainly had our attention all week in practice and we knew we would not be playing the same team we played back on December 1st."
In that contest, the Broncos led 26-19 at the half and then used a 10-1 spurt to end the third quarter to lead by 16 (42-26) and cruise to a 53-30 victory.
Additionally, Barrington held the Saxons to just 37 percent shooting from the field and Schaumburg was just 7-for-16 from the fre...
It's been the Barrington Broncos mantra this year and it was on full display Thursday night in Palatine when the team dug deep and got past the host Pirates, 26-24, in a colossal MSL West showdown.
Using a combination of ball control and stout defense in the second half, the Broncos turned a 14-14 tie at intermission into a 26-14 advantage with just seconds to go in the game in order to move to 6-0 overall on the year. Palatine dropped to 3-3.
"These guys played with the heart of a champion tonight," said Broncos head coach, Joe Sanchez. "We've had some great games in this rivalry, we've had a lot of guys that have been close, but to get over the hump and win one tonight … it feels good."
The Broncos entered the matchup having dropped the last three contests against their conference foes and 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series overall.
And it appeared that the Pirates, whose only losses on the year were to perennial power...