Boise State basketball holds scrimmage in front of live audience

The Boise State basketball team scrimmages at Bronco Gym on Saturday.

The Boise State basketball team scrimmages at Bronco Gym on Saturday.

The Boise State men’s basketball held an open scrimmage Saturday in front of about 1,000 fans at Bronco Gym, giving the blue and orange faithful their first look at the 2013-14 squad.

Boise State began practice Friday, and though coach Leon Rice said that naturally the team is “by no means” ready for a game, its focus on defense was already evident.

“It’s already showing, but they don’t know what they’re doing yet — that’s what the next month is for,” Rice said. “The biggest thing is you get them on film and you can do some good teaching off it.”

The Broncos’ Orange team won two of the three games over the Blue team. The Orange squad featured Jeff Elorriaga, Thomas Bropleh, Edmunds Dukulis, Joe Hanstad, Derrick Marks, Mikey Thompson, James Webb III, Robert Heyer and Jake Ness.

Thompson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the first game, 10-9, while the Blue team won the second 15-6, and the Orange came back with a 15-8 win in the third.

“Jeff’s teams never lose,” Rice said.

Some of the team’s newcomers made an impact — freshman guard Dez Trent had a 3-pointer and a driving baseline layup in a minute’s span for the Blue team, while Webb had a thunderous fastbreak dunk, flashing the jumping ability teammates and coaches have raved about in offseason workouts.

“Dez is one of those guys where his head’s spinning a little bit … when the dust settles, he’s a scorer, and he showed that a little bit today,” Rice said.

Rice called the turnout “terrific” despite the short notice, as the scrimmage was announced earlier this week and said it could become a yearly tradition.

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