Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia’s Jason Sturgis denies Reid Gates of Cedaredge in the battle for third place at the Delta Classic basketball tournament. Cedaredge won 55-43 in overtime.Reid Gates scored 14 points to lead the Cedaredge Bruins to a 55-43 win in overtime Saturday against Paonia and place third at the First Colorado National Bank Classic Tournament held in Delta on Dec. 21-22.
Ben Linnell scored 10 points and Jason Sturgis nine for the Eagles.
Paonia's defense allowed the Bruins only one field goal and four first-period points.
Gates scored four points and James LeDonne hit back to back three-pointers to tie the game at 19-19 at halftime. Trent Walker added another three for the Bruins, and Aaron Henrie scored his only goal of the game in the second.
Three-point shots by Taylor Katzer and Sturgis gave the Eagles a narrow three-point lead heading into the final period. Paonia faced foul trouble in the fourth, sending the Bruins to the line where they shot six of 12.
With Paonia trailing 35-38 late in the game, Eric Carney forced two Bruin turnovers that resulted in field goals by Linnell and Sturgis and gave Paonia a slim one-point lead. Cedaredge tied up the game on a free throw by Tylor Beach, and Katzer put Paonia ahead by two with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Gates drew the foul, and shot 2-2 to end the game in a 41-41 tie.
In overtime, Gates drew an early foul and again hit 2-2 from the line. Before Paonia could pull together a plan, Dillon Smith scored a field goal, and Walker put up two quick goals to give Cedaredge an eight-point lead; Lane Clawson, a lead blocker for Paonia, fouled out with 2:52 remaining in overtime.
Cedaredge maintained control of the ball. Henrie drew two fouls and was 3-4 from the line, and Corey Reynolds added a field goal.
Walters scored the Eagles' only overtime points on a lay up. Walker was fouled and shot 2-2 to give the Bruins a 56-43 win and secure third place for the tournament. Gates ended the game with 14 points, and Walker scored two 3-point shots and a game total eight points.
Linnell was high-scorer for Paonia with 10 points, and Sturgis and Katzer each added nine.