The basketball teams from Hotchkiss High School will play their last games of the regular season tonight at Meeker.
The boys face a key matchup against the Cowboys as the Bulldogs are in the thick of the race for positioning in the 1A/2A Western Slope League. Hotchkiss stands at 8-10 overall and has a 7-4 tally in league action.
The girls' squad fell in another league game this past week to make the Bulldogs' overall record stand at 3-14 with a 2-8 mark in league play.
Results of the Hotchkiss girls' game at home against Plateau Valley last Saturday were unavailable at deadline.
Bulldogs 44, Bruins 35
The Hotchkiss boys got a big win at home against Cedaredge last Tuesday.
The Bulldogs were propelled by a 12-2 first quarter and enjoyed a 21-15 advantage at halftime.
Leading scorer Clayton Oxford once again led the way for the Bulldogs with 19 points. Zack Allen threw in 10 for the winners and Sam Rodriguez scored seven key points for the home team.
Cedaredge battled back to take the lead in the third quarter, holding the Bulldogs to just seven points and leading 29-28 after that frame.
But Hotchkiss rallied with a 16-6 effort in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Bulldogs 61, PV 45
Hotchkiss made it two in a row last Saturday with another win at home.
The Bulldogs blazed ahead 22-5 after the first quarter, but Plateau Valley had a strong second quarter and trailed 34-21.
Action slowed in the second half as the Bulldogs won the third quarter 14-9 and then held on.
Oxford scored 13 of his 23 points in the first quarter to pace the Bulldogs and senior Will Drbolav threw in 11 for the winners. Sam Rodriguez was next for Hotchkiss with eight points.
"These were two big wins for us," Hotchkiss coach Eric Hollembeak said. "My boys are working really hard right now. They are turning up the defensive intensity and it is starting to help them win games."
Hotchkiss has played in a lot of close games this year. The Bulldogs could have a vastly different record with a break here or a bounce there.
"I still think that our best basketball is ahead of us," Hollembeak said. "We have to continue to get better every day."
Bruins 69, Bulldogs 40
Hotchkiss put in a solid effort in the girls' game, but the No. 3 Bruins just had too much depth for the Bulldogs to keep it close last Tuesday night.
Cedaredge took a 22-13 lead after the first quarter and led 37-25 at halftime.
Nellie Freeman had 19 points for the winners and Kendall McHugh chipped in with 17 points for Cedaredge.
Hannah Gilmore rounded out a well-balanced Bruins attack with 16 points.
The Hotchkiss girls won their second league game of the year on Feb. 5, beating Caprock 41-28. Both of the Bulldogs' wins in league action came against the Eagles.
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