LAKIN — When Lakin's Diego Davila hit a 3-pointer with 1:40 to play in the game, it was a milestone shot.
That shot — his sixth trey of the game of 13 field goals — gave him 34 points, but more memorably put the Broncs over the century mark against Hugoton.
At the final buzzer, it was Lakin 104, Hugoton 77, the first 100-point game for the Broncs in the records MaxPreps has been keeping tally.
The Broncs (16-4), will host a game Monday as the second-seed in the Colby sub-state.
For now, it was enjoy the moment on senior night.
The five senior starters and one reserve scored 95 of the team’s 104 total, as they hit 18-of-37 shots from beyond the arc and 37-of-68 overall.
Hunter Kirby scored 23 points, Dawsen Shalberg 18 and Fernando Chavez 13 to lead a potent Broncs offense.
“It’s fitting for senior night for these boys,” coach Nate Schmitt said. “It was nice to be able to see that in their final regular season game against a quality team.”
Quality is right, because Hugoton — now 11-8 — had come into this game with an average point deficit of 3.5 points in its other seven losses.
They also came in riding a five-game win streak, but it wasn’t in the cards this night.
“They play in a tough league and they play a tough schedule,” Schmitt said of his opponents. “Fortunately for us tonight, we played well and shot the ball well.”
But give credit to the Broncs’ defense for forcing the tempo much of the game.
“It wasn’t much in the full-court defense. I feel like we gave up a lot of layups,” he said. “But when you play that style, you give up a few. The main thing is, we sped them up and made them play our pace.”
The Broncs might have given up a layup on the Hugoton’s end, but his team seemed to counter most of those with a layup of their own, or one of their plethora of 3-pointers.
“We’ve got to do a better job of matching up in our press,” he noted, “but we controlled the tempo. When you’re giving them 2 and you’re hitting a 3, I guess it’s okay.”
That stretch of layups included a number of them from Mitchell Hamlin, who scored all of his team-high 20 points in the middle two quarters.
Damian Lewis and Sawyer Harper added 13 each and Ivan Valles had 10.
Lakin started out hot, scoring on its first five possessions and 11-of-14 overall in that quarter, taking a 26-14 lead. Hugoton fought back, though, cutting the lead to six at 32-26 midway into the second. But that would be the closest the Eagles could come.
Hugoton scored 28 points in the third, but Lakin actually won the quarter by a point, and the Broncs used a 25-12 fourth period to get to the century mark. They also finished with 28 assists and out-boarded the Eagles 28-18, with Davila leading with 12.
A low number of boards for the Broncs considering the shots, but Schmitt thought his guys did as well as they could with all shots from both teams that did go in.
Lakin also had just six turnovers to Hugoton’s 13.
“That’s impressive for us,” Schmitt said. “We’re usually right about 13 or 14.”
The Broncs are off until Monday’s postseason game, but Schmitt said his team isn’t ready to be done.
“We’re going to give them (Wednesday) off, because after that we’ll practice through the weekend because we play Monday,” Schmitt said.
The ultimate prize is to get to state, but his team is taking a one-game-at-a-time approach.
“We spend a lot of time with this group on and off the court, especially out of the season and summer,” Schmitt said. “We have a little over four years together. I just don’t think we’re ready for it to end.”
Hugoton hosts Holcomb Friday in what might be a tune up for a sub-state final, which starts the following Friday at Holcomb.