Coach Kevin Dunbar's Bruins began their journey through the 2016 2A District 5 tournament with a 61-37 win over West Grand on Feb. 23 in Cedaredge. The win moved the Bruins into Saturday's semifinal round against Vail Christian in De Beque, where they scored a 36-29 victory. Saturday's title game against Paonia resulted in a 50-23 win for the Eagles.
Bruins 61, WG 37
Cedaredge put together an 18-point first quarter and continued to grow its lead for a 24-point win in round one of the 2A District 5 tournament.
The Mustangs trailed by nine points after one period of last Tuesday's game in Cedaredge.
Cedaredge's up-tempo game produced an 11-6 run for the Bruins in second-quarter action and a 29-15 halftime lead.
West Grand's best offensive outing came in the third quarter after an 18-point effort. The Mustangs went on a 6-0 run early in the third frame, cutting Cedarege's lead to 29-21. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Cedaredge also had its best scoring quarter with 21 points.
The Mustangs refused to fold and battled back to trim Cedaredge's lead to 36-29 with 3:42 left in the third. From there the Bruins exploded for 14 more points and a 50-33 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Cedaredge added another 11 points to its totals in the fourth period and finished with a 61-37 win.
Sophomore Peter Carlson was electric on offense for the Bruins. He ripped West Grand's defense for 23 points, 10 coming in the third quarter, to lead Bruin shooters. Ivan Mendoza's 13 points were the most scored by a Mustang in the game.
Bruins 36, VC 29
Cedaredge led from the start, taking a 15-4 lead in the first period. The Saints made a run at Cedaredge in the second quarter with a 12-6 edge which cut the Bruins' lead to 21-16 at the half.
Both offenses were lacking bite in the third frame, with Cedaredge getting the better deal in a 7-4 effort.
The Bruins lost a point to Vail Christian in the final period, leaving the score at 36-29 in favor of Cedaredge.
Cedaredge advanced to the title game with its win over Vail Christian and took on a hungry Paonia Eagles' team. That story, and detailed accounts, are in the Paonia boys' story in today's paper.