Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge senior James LeDonne (3) drives around Grand Valley’s Ben Coleman in last week’s game won by the Bruins, 67-38.The Cedaredge Bruin boys' basketball team is currently in fourth place in the 3A WSL. A pair of wins last week moved their league record to 3-2 and 5-3 overall.
Cedaredge topped Basalt (2-2; 3-4) by the score of 71-65 in an overtime game on Friday and roared past Grand Valley (0-6; 0-9) 67-38 on Saturday.
Against Basalt, the Longhorns kept things close all the way. The Bruins took a 20-16 first-period lead on the strength of Reid Gates' 11 points. With Gates netting six more points in the second quarter, Cedaredge built a 36-30 halftime lead. Basalt's Garcia had 10 points in the first quarter and Glascner eight in the second frame to help keep the Longhorns close.
Basalt outscored the Bruins 14-13 in third-quarter play and then scored five more than Cedaredge in the fourth quarter (16-11) to tie the game at 60-60.
An 11-point overtime period for the Bruins produced the win as Basalt could only muster five points in the extra period.
Gates was Cedaredge's leading scorer with 29 points (four in overtime) on 12 field goals and five of 10 from the charity stripe. Trent Walker and Dillon Smith chipped in 11 points each. Basalt's Garcia canned eight three-pointers on his way to the game's high-point leader with 30.
Saturday's matchup against Grand Valley was controlled by Cedaredge after the first period had been played. The Bruins were leading 11-10 going to the second stanza. Aaron Henrie nailed a pair of treys in the period to lead the Bruins to a 15-9 surge and a 26-19 lead at halftime.
The intermission did not slow down the Bruins too much. Gates connected for nine points in the third quarter helping Cedaredge outscore the Cardinals 16-8.
A 22-point fourth quarter from the Bruins more than provided the help Cedaredge was looking for to blow the game open. Walker and Corey Reynolds sparked the Bruins' run with seven points apiece.
Gates was once again the Bruins' leading scorer with 17 points. Teammates Walker and Henrie reached double figure scoring with 12 and 11 points respectively. Ty Scott's 13 points were the most scored by a Cardinal player.
Head coach Kevin Dunbar praised his squad for its play and dedication so far this season. "The team chemistry and atmosphere is the best it's been since I've been here. The kids are having fun playing basketball and it means something to them. They all play hard, care about each other and care about what they do on the court. They are learning how to win close games, which is really important in this league, as I think most games will be decided by 10 points or less. This team is a talented group of young men who play hard and our staff couldn't be more proud of the work and time they have put into practices to earn some early success."
The Bruins will face a unique experience this week as they prepare for both Coal Ridge and Moffat County. Both are road trips and will mean an overnight stay in Silt following the Coal Ridge contest on Friday. That game begins (boys varsity) at approximately 7 p.m.
Saturday's contest in Craig is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with players loading the bus early to make the trip to Craig for an 11 a.m. JV girls' starting time.