Edgar Robles scored 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter to enable South Beloit to jump out to an 18-7 lead against Orangeville in the opener of its own Martin Luther King Basketball Tournament Friday night.
The lead came in handy because Orangeville spent the rest of the game trying to turn the tables on the SoBos.
The Broncos nearly did, too, before South Beloit converted 13-of-18 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull out a 53-44 victory.
The SoBos’ Matt Saari had converted only 2-of-5 free throws in the first three quarters, but he was deadly in the fourth, hitting 9-of-10. He finished with 11 points in the quarter and 15 for the game.
Josh Draper also hit 4-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 points for South Beloit, which led 25-20 at halftime and 35-33 after three.
Robles was 8-for-8 at the line, 6-for-6 in the first quarter. he led the team with 16 rebounds. Saari had seven boards for South Beloit (8-7)
Orangeville (2-13) was led by Tanner Kleckler’s 20 points.
In the opening game, North Boone knocked off Ashton-Franklin Center, 69-45.
Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. with Orangeville taking on Harvard. North Boone plays twice, meeting Dakota at 2 p.m. and East Dubuque at 7:20 p.m. South Beloit will play Mooseheart at 6 p.m.