Kevin Dunbar's Cedaredge Bruins' basketball team played two league games this past week. Unfortunately for the Bruins, both were losses. Cedaredge fell to Gunnison on Friday (Jan. 6) 55-45 and suffered a 60-42 defeat at the hands of Olathe on Saturday.
The Cedaredge Bruins couldn't find enough offense to stay with Gunnison last week. Luke Wieben scored 12 points for the Bruins and was the only Cedaredge player in double figures. Trent Walker had nine points with Miguel Barajas, Reid Gates, and Drew Beach scoring eight points each.
Gunnison got the early advantage with a 13-9 first quarter and then held on with a 10-10 second period and a 23-19 halftime lead.
It was more of the same in the second half with Cedaredge's offense just off the pace as the Cowboys scored 16 points in the third frame while Cedaredge managed 14 points.
A 16-12 fourth period stretched Gunnison's final margin of victory to 55-45.
The Bruins held a slim 12-10 lead after one quarter of action in Olathe. If the first and last quarter of this game was the determining factor, Cedaredge would have picked up a win. The Bruins outscored Olathe 13-12 in the final eight minutes.
It was the middle quarters that spelled defeat for the Bruins. Olathe was able to score 19 points in each of the second and third quarters while the Bruins scored 10 and seven points in the same time span.
Cedaredge scored the game's final six points, but it was too little and too late.
The Bruins are at home against Aspen's Skiers this Friday. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. A Saturday contest in Hotchkiss is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Junior varsity contests precede each of those games.