Photo by Wayne Crick Delta senior Douglas Hawkins avoids the arm of Summit High School’s Garrett Tousey during action last Saturday in Frisco. Delta came out flat and fell behind early. A rally late in the game fell short and the Panthers lost for the first time in seven games, 66-53.A terrible start in the first quarter of Delta's varsity boys' basketball game in Frisco against the Summit Tigers cost the Panthers their longest winning streak of the season. Summit jumped on the Panthers for a 24-14 lead after the game's first eight minutes of play and went on to defeat Delta 66-53.
On Friday, the Panthers started slow but were able to bounce back to score a 57-50 win over the Rifle Bears. That win was Delta's sixth straight of the season. Delta had shared the league lead with Palisade before its Saturday loss to Summit.
Palisade leads the 4A WSL with a 6-0 record and is 8-3 overall. Eagle Valley moves into the number two spot at 5-1 and 9-2 overall while the Panthers slipped to third.
Delta 57, Rifle 50
The Panthers trailed early in the first period against the Bears but pulled even (12-12) as the quarter came to a close. Trent Brown had six of the Bears' 12 counters while Robin Milabo and Keaton Reiher sank treys to lead Delta with three points each.
Delta went on a 17-11 run in the second frame with Milabo, Chris Black and Reiher hitting three-point goals for the Panthers.
Delta led 29-23 at the half.
Eian Baier scored four points for Delta in the third quarter and Jake Statler had a pair of three pointers for the Bears in a close 12-11 edge for the Panthers in the period.
Black paced Delta's offense in the final stanza with six points as both teams scored 16 points to make the final score 57-50.
Baier and Black shared team-high scoring honors for the Panthers with 10 points each. Reiher finished with nine markers while Milabo and Douglas Hawkins contributed eight points each. Tanner Quick had 17 points to lead the Bears.
Summit 66, Delta 53
Summit got off to a start that made one think the Tigers were on their way to a rout. A 7-0 lead drew a time out from Delta head coach Von Mitchell.
Sluggish ball movement coupled with an aggressive Tiger defense caused numerous turnovers that cost the Panthers points. Summit controlled the first quarter for a 22-14 lead heading into the second quarter.
Delta shaved four points off the Tigers' lead with a 14-10 Summit advantage in the second quarter. Reiher's three for three at the charity stripe was the lone bright spot for the Panthers in the period. With Black and Hawkins in foul trouble, the Tigers were able to control the game's tempo to take a 36-24 halftime lead.
Second-half play was even with both teams collecting 12 points apiece in the third period and the Tigers edging Delta 18-17 in the fourth quarter. Tom DeBonville sparked Summit in the period with eight points down the stretch, including six for six at the free throw line. DeBonville finished the game with 12 of 12 from the line and had 18 points for the Tigers. McDonald scored 22 to lead all scorers.
Delta played Palisade on Tuesday and is set to face Rifle for the second time in a week on Friday. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Delta hosts Battle Mountain with a scheduled start time of 3:30 p.m.