A huge first period from Montrose senior Kade Terrell was instrumental in propelling the Indians to a 49-43 non-conference basketball win in Delta last Friday night. Terrell tossed in 14 points (including four three-point goals) enabling Montrose to take a 16-7 lead to the second quarter.
Saturday's encounter with 3A league foe Gunnison was much more enjoyable for the Panthers as they rolled to a 53-22 decision to earn a split in hardwood action over the weekend.
Montrose 49, Delta 43
Kade Terrell came out shooting against the Panthers on Friday and hit four treys to set Delta on its heels early. A stout Montrose defense, and some inaccurate shooting, led to the one-sided score after one period of play. Terrell finished with five 3s in the first half and scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half.
Montrose stayed effective offensively in the second quarter with 17 points with the Panthers staying close with 13 counters of their own.
The Indians' 13-point halftime lead dwindled rapidly in the third quarter with a furious Delta rally cutting the deficit to three (36-33) after a 13-3 run.
A final period score of 13-10 moved Montrose's win to a six-point advantage, 49-43.
Delta coach Rob Ames was excited following the game. After taking a deep breath, Ames quoted, "Boy, that was fun! They (Panthers) played their tails off. This feels like a win instead of a loss!"
Senior Logan Freed elevated his game in the second half and scored 10 of his team-high 12 points and sparked a spirited comeback effort by the Panthers. Senior Jaspar Carmichael was next high with 10 points and Andrew Baier finished with eight counters.
Delta's junior varsity claimed a 59-49 win with Nate Workman's 14 points leading the way. Teammates Hunter Hughes (13) and Rowyn Carmichael (12) were also double-digit scorers for the winners. Montrose's Autin Martinez was the game's leading scorer with 22 points.
Delta 53, Gunnison 22
Following Friday's loss to Montrose, the Panthers wanted to establish their intentions early, and did so with a 20-6 spurt in the opening quarter to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Freed's 11-point effort in the first period helped him become the game's leading scorer with 18 points. Carmichael finished the game with 11 points.
Delta's defensive effort against Gunnison was superb as the Cowboys were unable to score a double-digit number in any of the four quarters played.
Braden Wood's six points were the most scored by a Gunnison player.
Gunnison built a double-digit lead in junior varsity action but had to hang on to pull off a 50-45 win. Delta trailed 38-25 going to the fourth quarter and used a 20-12 run before falling short by five points.
Hunter Hughes scored eight points in each of the second and fourth quarters on his way to a game-high 19 points. Nate Workman finished with 10. Braden Wood had 16 to lead Gunnison's offense.
Delta played Cedaredge on Tuesday (Jan. 16) and will host Telluride's Miners on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Basalt brings the Longhorns to town on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. (varsity) contest.