Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge junior Reid Gates shoots over a couple of Grand Valley defenders during game action against the Cardinals on Jan. 12. Gates has been one of the Bruins’ top scorers this season and connected for 17 points in this game, a 67-38 win for Cedaredge. The Bruins defeated Coal Ridge 61-59 on Friday (Jan. 18) and lost to Moffat County, 71-41, on Saturday.Last week's 3A WSL schedule had the Bruins facing Coal Ridge on Friday (Jan. 18) and Moffat County on Saturday. Both games were played out of town with the Bruins slipping past the Titans 61-59 and losing to Moffat County 71-41.
With the split in games over the weekend, Cedaredge is resting in fourth place with a 4-3 league mark and 6-4 overall.
Friday's encounter with the Titans began with Cedaredge trailing 16-13 after one period of action. Trent Walker and Dillon Smith had six and five points respectively to pace the Bruins' attack. Coal Ridge's Richie Winkler canned seven points.
Cedaredge, in particular Reid Gates, got going in the second frame and outscored the Titans 19-11 and took a 32-27 halftime lead. Gates had seven points while Aaron Henrie had five.
Each team scored 12 points in the third quarter with Ely Arreole hitting a pair of threes and finishing with seven points for the Titans.
The Bruins held on to preserve the win but had to withstand a rally by Coal Ridge. The Titans used the offense of Arreole (seven points), Andy Bowles (six points) and Walker (five points) to outscore Cedaredge 20-17. A big quarter from Gates helped the Bruins stay in front as the junior swingman dumped in 13 points.
Gates' 22 counters topped all shooters in the game with Walker chipping in 10 to give the Bruins two players in double digits. Coal Ridge's Bowles finished with 17 points with teammates Arreole and Winkler collecting 14 and 12 points respectively.
Coal Ridge fell to 1-6 in league play and 1-9 overall. On Saturday, the Moffat County Bulldogs started in high gear and pretty much stayed there the entire game. A 15-8 start helped set the tone for Moffat County.
The Bulldogs kept pressure on Cedaredge in the second quarter and managed to hold the Bruins to just seven points while their offense produced 18 markers. At the half, Moffat County owned a comfortable 33-15 lead.
Cedaredge performed better in the third quarter but came up five points shy of the Bulldogs' total in a 20-15 run. Gates got his rhythm in the period and scored nine of the Bruins' 15 points.
Moffat County regained some of its previous momentum in the fourth quarter and put up 18 points to just 11 for the Bruins.
Gates finished the game with five points in the fourth quarter and 19 points overall to lead the Bruins' offense. Smith was next high with eight and Corey Reynolds had seven.
Cleverly and Davis had 15 to pace Moffat County.
The Bruins host Roaring Fork on Friday and Olathe on Saturday.