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Late surge: Boyd bested by Berkner in bi-district
By Richard C. White, email@example.com
GARLAND -- Despite playing them close for much of the night, McKinney Boyd was unable to repeat its early season success as the Broncos were beaten by Richardson Berkner, 59-48, in Tuesday night's bi-district matchup from Naaman Forest High School.
Boyd had previously beaten Berkner 58-50 earlier this season on Dec. 4. Boyd finishes the 2012-13 season with a 20-10 record while Berkner (29-5) continues on to play in the area round.
Although they were unable to beat Berkner for a second time this year, the game marks the end of a memorable season for Boyd's basketball program.
Senior Mikel Parish led the way in scoring for Boyd with 17 points, followed by 12 points from senior Michael Grant and seven points from junior Taber McFadden.
Berkner, meanwhile, had four players in double digits, led by Soma Edo's 16. Also scoring for the Rams were Keenan Evans and Torey Everett, who had 12 apiece, and K. Harris, who had 10.
The Broncos took the edge in the first, but the Rams made sure to keep close pace as Boyd only led 14-12 after the opening frame. The Rams would turn the tables in the second, claiming the narrow edge themselves, outscoring the Broncos 15-10.
Boyd trailed Berkner by only three points at the half, as the Rams' second quarter efforts allowed them to take a 27-24 lead into halftime.
The game got even tighter in the third quarter as Boyd and Berkner matched each other shot for shot, scoring 13 points apiece.
The fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Rams outpaced the Broncos the rest of the way, as the 19-11 margin sealed the victory for Berkner and ended the Broncos season.
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