RANDOLPH — After a loss in the season opener, the Blue Valley-Randolph boys' basketball team evened its season record Friday, beating Onaga at home 46-39.
Blue Valley-Randolph head coach Blake Fronce credited Onaga for playing well.
“(Onaga) was hitting shots in the mid-range,” Fronce said. “They are a good team. They are pretty evenly matched with us. I thought if we just kept doing what we were supposed to be doing, eventually we could make a run and maybe take the lead.”
The Rams (1-1) made a run and took the lead late, and then created some distance in the fourth quarter, pushing their lead to double digits at 41-31.
Fronce said his team's experience allowed it to hold the lead for the entirety of the second half.
“We were young last year, but a lot of these guys played last year,” Fronce said. “I thought they really got the urge to want to win this year. I thought they played confident. They have had the experience and they have been there. They knew what it took to win.”
Senior Clayton Budenbender was a forceful presence in the post for the Rams, as his size was too much for Onaga (1-2) to handle. He finished with a game-high 15 points.
“Clayton is a good player for us,” Fronce said. “We played a 2-3 (defense) and I put him in the middle, and I thought he would really help us on defense, which he did. The surprise was how well he played on offense. In years past, we have not looked at our big man like we should. Tonight (our players) were feeding him the ball.”
But the biggest story of the night for Blue Valley was its defensive performance: The Rams held the Buffaloes to 39 points.
“We knew (Onaga) was big,” Fronce said. “We had a game plan coming in and we definitely executed it. We gave up 33 free throws against Wetmore, and tonight we cut that down to six free throws.
Up next, the Rams will host Twin Valley League power Hanover on Tuesday.