A trip to Rangely over the weekend proved to be an exciting adventure for Craig Cerise's Cedaredge Bruin boys basketball team. The Bruins and Panthers were involved in a back-and-forth ballgame for much of the night with the outcome in doubt until the end.
Cedaredge held a one-point advantage at the conclusion of the first and second quarters to take a 26-24 lead to halftime.
Rangely earned a three-point edge after a 22-17 third quarter run to set up a wild finish in Rangely.
Coach Cerise sent a detailed report of the final quarter. "The game was back-and-forth until the fourth quarter when, at one point, Rangely took an 11-point lead. With 1:20 left in the game we (Cedaredge) were still down by eight points. After some stops, and made baskets, we had cut their (Rangely's) lead to two points with 34 seconds left. Jacob Lewis hit a 3-point shot with about 14 seconds left in the game for a one-point lead. Jared Reynolds was called for a foul on a Rangely drive. After a time out, the Rangely player hit both shots of a one-and-one to take a one-point lead. With 10 seconds left, Peter Carlson dribbled the length of the court and hit a runner off the glass from just to the right of the key with four seconds left to give us a one-point win."
According to Cerise, "The gym was filled with people and very loud. It was a good environment and experience for us to play in."
Cedaredge's Carlson was the game's leading scorer with 26 points and he finished with 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocks for the Bruins. Reynolds had 13 points and seven rebounds with Baylee Piper scoring 12 points and grabbing six caroms. Lewis scored 10 points and added eight rebounds for the winners.
Kobe Broome had 17 points to pace Rangely's offense. Other Panthers scoring double digits included Cameron Filfred (16), Devin Ramirez (15) and Patrick Scoggins (13).
The Bruins (0-0, 5-3) played Delta (1-1, 6-2) on Tuesday and are scheduled to meet Coal Ridge (0-0, 6-2) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.