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Bella Vista Falls to Antelope in Semifinals

Smith's 27 not enough for Broncos, Nor Cal tournament next.

In the end, Ahmad Smith alone wasn't enough for the Bella Vista Broncos boys’ basketball team to defeat the mighty Antelope Titans.

With perhaps the best game of his career, Smith, a junior guard, scored 27 points as the Broncos fell 55-49 in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal game at Power Balance Pavilion.

That Bella Vista, which is now an impressive 25-5 on the season, made the 29-1 Titans sweat until the end is a testament to Smith's performance, which included five three-point baskets. Cristian Salhani added seven points and 11 rebounds for BV.

What hurt the Broncos, however, was an off night from key players and 2-for-12 shooting from the free throw line.

"In the second half, we played much better but you can't go 2 for 12 from the line and expect to win," said Bella Vista coach Dave Gonzalez. "Ahmad was great... but we haven't seen athleticism like (Antelope) this season and we were still right there."

But the Broncos' season is not over yet. They still qualify for the Nor Cal tournament and will rest today before finding out Sunday which opponent they'll face on the road next week.

"We can learn from this (Antelope) game," Gonzalez said. "We need to keep our heads up and this team is very capable of winning a couple of games to keep going."

David Hill March 01, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The Bella Vista boys played their hearts out and performed like champions. Very, very proud of the way the fought and clawed and got within two at the very end. The Antelope Titans deserved the victory that night as they played almost error free ball and made a high percentage of shots. I haven't seen a stat sheet yet, but I only counted one turnover for Antelope and a bunch of blocks and they made their freethrows. But....there we were fighting like terriers down to the final shot, Great bunch of kids, great coaching and a great season. We need everyone to support these guys next Tuesday in the NorCals. Go Broncos
Victor Calderon March 02, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I agree completely David. What a monster game by Ahmad Smith. Best of luck to BV in Nor Cals! -Victor in Carmichael

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