Cedaredge had a good start to its basketball week in boys play. The Bruins defeated Delta for the second straight time, 62-52, on Feb. 6, after losing to the Panthers 71-54 back in December.
The next two games were not so memorable with losses to non-league foe Vail Christian (Feb. 9) 57-52 and a 44-30 loss in Aspen on Feb. 10.
After losing their first game of the season to Grand Valley (38-34) on Jan. 26, Cedaredge's girls have won five straight games, including three games this past week, 34-30 over Delta (Feb. 6; see related story), 36-35 over Vail Christian (Feb. 9) and 41-10 in Aspen on Feb. 10.
Saints 57, Bruins 52
Cedaredge's offense was ineffective in the first half with the exception of Peter Carlson's play. The talented senior scored eight of Cedaredge's 10 first-quarter points while Vail Christian's Bryan Trujillo led the Saints' 13-point charge with seven counters.
An 18-9 run for the Saints gave Vail Christian a 31-19 halftime lead.
Vail Christian was four points better than the Bruins in the third quarter and led 47-32 heading to the final stanza. Cedaredge, behind the shooting of Jared Reynolds (3-3s) outscored the Saints 20-10 in the final quarter to fall short in its quest for a win, 57-52.
Carlson paced Cedaredge scoring with 14 points while teammates Jacob Lewis and Reynolds finished with 13 points each.
Trujillo's 20 points topped all scorers in the game with Sebastian Moritz adding another 17 counters for the Saints.
AHS 44, CHS 30
Saturday night's contest in Aspen began slowly with the Bruins holding a brief 6-4 lead as the two teams began play in the second period.
The Skiers put together a 26-8 run through the second and third periods to lead 30-14 with one quarter of play remaining.
Cedaredge won the final period by two creating the final losing margin of 44-30.
Carlson's 20 points, 11 rebounds and 13 blocked shots highlighted the Bruins game against the Skiers.
Cedaredge coach Craig Cerise commented on games played this past week.
"We just didn't shoot well that night (against Vail Christian) until we got hot in the fourth quarter. Peter (Carlson) had a good night again, but the rest of the team struggled with shots. Vail Christian was also pretty good at finishing their shots on drives (in particular Bryan Trujillo) with a few high shots over Peter.
"Against Aspen we had our worst shooting game of the year and we really didn't bring as much effort as we usually do which wasted a superior effort by Peter who had his second triple-double of the week with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 13 blocks (he also had a triple-double against Delta on Feb. 6). For whatever reason, we just couldn't hit shots against Aspen and they hit enough on their end. Hats off to Aspen because they played hard."
Cedaredge falls to 1-6 in 3A WSL play and is 7-10 overall. Aspen finished the week at 2-5 and 4-13. Vail Christian (2A District 5) is 9-2 and 12-6 heading into this week's games against Roaring Fork and Hotchkiss (Feb. 13 and 16 respectively).
Cedaredge ends the regular season against Roaring Fork at home (7:30 p.m.) and is on the road to Craig for the last game with Moffat County (4:30 p.m.).
Bruins 36, Saints 35
This game was up for grabs from the start with neither team showing a strong offense.
The Bruins crept to a 7-6 lead after one period and built a 14-10 advantage by halftime.
In the third quarter each team matched its first-half totals giving Cedaredge a 28-20 lead with eight minutes left to play.
Jesse Raitt's seven points in the fourth quarter helped Vail Christian play to a 15-8 advantage that made the final score 36-35.
Cedaredge's Grace Andrews' seven points in the fourth quarter enabled her to finish the game with 13 points and kept the Bruins in front at the final buzzer. She had seven of the eight Cedaredge points in the fourth quarter.
Raitt finished with 15 points to lead the Saints' offense. Maddie Ellsworth added 10 points for Vail Christian.
The Bruins went to the foul line four consecutive trips down the floor with one-and-one opportunities three times and a double-bonus try the fourth time. Each time the shots failed to fall and the Bruins kept possession with key rebounds.
Vail Christian had one final shot with 1.9 seconds left and the ball just missed on a nearly three-quarter court shot to end the game.
Bruins 41, Aspen 10
Cedaredge had a more productive game on Saturday in Aspen where the Bruins scored a 41-10 victory in Aspen. Statistics for that contest were not available.
The Bruins will end their regular season schedule this week with games on Feb. 17 at home against Roaring Fork (6 p.m.) and in Craig on Saturday (2 p.m.) to face Moffat County's Bulldogs.