A big win, 60-42, over Cedaredge helped Delta's Panthers keep a foothold on a top-four place in the tough 3A WSL.
Beau Byers scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, 13 coming in the third period, to lead Delta's third win of the season over the Bruins.
Delta owned a 24-16 lead at halftime and continued adding to that marginal difference with a 36-26 second half.
Christian Reynold's second half play produced 13 of his team-high 19 points. Reynolds scored 10 of the Bruins' 17 points in the third quarter.
Cedaredge's Peter Carlson finished with 14 points to give the Bruins two players with double-digit scoring.
Jaspar Carmichael added 16 points to the Delta scorebook while Jonathon Robinson combined the second and third quarters to produce his 11-point contribution in the win.
Rams 54, Delta 42
With third place on the line in Carbondale, Delta's Panthers could not hold off a quick and opportunistic Roaring Fork boys basketball team in a 54-42 WSL loss.
The Panthers fell behind early but used a determined effort in the latter stages of the opening quarter to tie the game at 13-13 going to the second quarter. Jaspar Carmichael's seven counters paced Delta's turnaround in the period.
Delta's offense missed scoring opportunities in the second frame and the Rams capitalized with a 14-6 run and a 27-19 halftime lead.
Blake Reiher sparked a third quarter effort from the Panthers with two 3s and 2-pointer to score the first eight points of the third period. Delta got back into the game with a defensive effort that limited the Rams to three points in the same time frame.
Delta's offense, and defense, disappeared for about a four-minute span of the fourth quarter and a 34-30 Panther deficit ballooned to a double-digit deficit, 47-33, before eventually falling, 54-42.
Reiher's 11 points topped Delta's scorers with Byers and Carmichael adding nine points each to the Panthers' scoring totals.
The Panthers have one week of regular season basketball remaining. This week's schedule has the Panthers traveling to Craig to face Moffat County (2-5 and 4-13) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers return home to host Grand Valley's Cardinals (4-3 and 9-8) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.