Two wins in three outings last week positions Delta High School's boys basketball team in fifth place with an 8-6 league mark and 10-10 overall. Rifle (12-2, 15-3) leads the 4A WSL, with Glenwood Springs (10-4, 15-5) in second, Steamboat Springs (10-4, 15-5) in third and Palisade (9-5, 12-8) holding down fourth place.
Delta owns victories over all the teams ahead of it except Rifle.
The Panthers began last week at home against Battle Mountain, a reschedule from the recent snow storm which wreaked havoc all over the state. The Panthers had little trouble with the Huskies in a 68-46 blowout.
On Friday, the trek east to "Maine" quoted head coach Von Mitchell turned out to be a slip, with Summit playing as if it had nothing to lose. In the end, the Tigers held on for an exciting 64-63 win.
Saturday's contest with number four Palisade proved to be equally exciting, with Delta going to overtime before disposing of the Bulldogs, 53-51.
Delta 68, BM 46
Delta's Eian Baier netted 20 points and Ryan Whiteside scored 19 to guide the Panthers' offense. Each had at least four points in each period on his way to double-digits.
The Panther's defense held Battle Mountain to single-digit numbers in the first two quarters to take a 40-17 halftime lead.
Summit 64, Delta 63
Keaton Reiher had two 3-pointers late in the game to spark a big rally that almost spelled a win for the Panthers. Rami Fausto also canned a trey in the fourth period to get Delta to within one late in the game.
Baier's 13 points topped Delta shooters, with teammates Reiher and Jonny Ponce chipping in 12 and 10 points respectively. Summit's Johnson had 14 to lead all scorers.
Delta 53, Palisade 51
Saturday's contest against Palisade was perhaps one of the most exciting of the season for the Panthers and their fans.
Delta jumped on the Bulldogs for 34 points in the first half while its defense held Palisade to just 16 points in the first half.
The Bulldogs began whittling away at Delta's lead with a 19-9 third quarter, to take a 35-34 lead with eight minutes left to play.
Each team had a lead at one time in the waning moments of the game and each team had chances to salt the game away.
Delta trailed by three, 49-46 as time ticked away. Kenny Wood got the ball around 11 feet beyond the three-point arc and stroked a perfect shot to tie the game as time expired in the period and sent the game to overtime.
The Panthers got a pair of free throws from Reiher and a field goal from Ponce to outscore Palisade 4-2 in the extra period.
Reiher's 13 points were high for Delta, with Wood chipping in 12. Skyler Miller and Ian Schieland had 14 points for the Bulldogs.blog comments powered by Disqus