Broersma leads Sunnyside Christian to boys 1B title
by Josh Liebeskind, SWX Content Coordinator - email
Brandon Broersma calmly stepped to the line and hit a free throw. Then he another. And another. And another.
Behind those four clutch free throws and an incredible game overall by Broersma, Sunnyside Christian won its fifth state championship in the last seven years with a 44-36 win over Neah Bay on Friday evening at the Spokane Arena.
Hanging on to a 38-36 lead with 50 seconds left, Broersma calmly stepped to the line for a 1-and-1 opportunity and nailed both attempts. After a Neah Bay turnover, Broersma went to the line again and gave a repeat performance, knocking down a pair to give the Knights some breathing room.
"We came into this game undefeated in championship play and I didn't want to be the one to let them down," said Broersma at after the game, standing at center court with the net draped around his neck.
Broersma didn't just get it done at the end; the 6-foot-7 senior played a huge role defensively and finished with a triple-double -- 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks.
"His defensive presence is the reason that we built our team around defense," Sunnyside Christian head coach Brian Bosma said. "I still like to lace up the shoes once in a while and I'll scrimmage against him. I'm like, 'I can't get a shot off against this guy.' I know how hard that is.
"If you can surround him with four quality defenders and let him protect the rim, then you're going to set up for some very tough shooting percentages from the other team."
Broersma and the defense got the job done and held Neah Bay to 22.2 percent (14-of-64) shooting from the field.
Despite the horrific performance from the field, Neah Bay had multiple opportunities to make it a one possession game in the final 30 seconds, but couldn't convert, despite a multitude of offensive rebounds. Joel Martin and Alex Brouwer both hit free throws at the end for the final score, 44-36.
Sunnyside Christian put Neah Bay on the ropes early in the third quarter, expanding a 22-10 halftime lead to 30-12, as the Red Devils began the half with nine missed shots.
But Neah Bay responded by putting the game into frantic mode and was able to get results out of its full-court press. As the game sped up, Sunnyside Christian got sloppy with the ball and had trouble finishing near the rim. The Red Devils finished the third quarter on a 14-2 run.