Delta's boys are still atop the 4A WSL standings despite an overtime loss to Rifle last Friday night. The Panthers hit rough times late in the fourth quarter and Rifle tied the game at 41 to force an extra period.
The Bears outscored Delta 11-4 to score a 52-45 win. The win vaulted Rifle (3-1 and 6-2) from fourth in the standings to second behind the Panthers (4-1 and 6-5).
Saturday's visit from Summit's Tigers was more favorable for Delta as they used an early lead to withstand a rally for a 61-51 decision.
Rifle 52, Delta 45 (OT)
Rifle is never an easy place to earn victories. The Bears defend their court well and Friday was no exception. An ugly start for Delta produced a 12-6 Rifle lead after the game's first eight minutes of play.
Momentum swung full circle in the second quarter as Delta rallied for a 13-6 run that gave them a narrow 19-18 halftime lead. Kenny Wood provided six points of offense in the frame to pace Delta.
Following halftime, the game slowed down considerably. Fortunately for Delta, the Panthers added four points to their lead with a 9-5 surge. Keaton Reiher sparked Delta's offense with a pair of treys.
An 18-13 run by Rifle in the fourth quarter tied the game to send the contest into overtime. Tanner Quick and Trenton Brown ignited the Bears' offense with seven and six points respectively.
Once in overtime, Rifle gained control of momentum and outscored the Panthers 11-4 to preserve the win.
Brown was 4-4 from the free throw line and Tanner Rust scored five points to lead Rifle's offense in the extra frame.
Brown had 14 points to claim game scoring honors while Quick added 13 and Rust another 10 for the Bears. Delta's leading point-producer was Reiher with his four baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Whiteside and Wood had nine points each for Delta.
Delta 61, Summit 51
Delta exploded for 20 points in the first quarter of this contest. Seven players figured in the scoring with Wood's five counters leading the parade. Baier added four points to the big run.
Delta maintained its offensive presence with an 18-14 second-quarter run for a 38-26 halftime lead. Baier scored seven of his team-high 17 points in the quarter. Thomas DeBonnville dumped in eight points for Summit in the period.
The Panthers added one to their halftime lead with a 15-14 advantage in the third quarter.
Summit stole back three points in the fourth quarter with its 11-8 run to make the final score 61-51.
DeBonnville, the game's leading scorer, netted 23 points for Summit in the loss.
Delta coach Von Mitchell was pleased his team came back from the loss in Rifle.
Even more pleasing to Mitchell was how the Panthers notched their sixth win of the season. "I was pleased with our win today. We did it without two starters," noted Mitchell. The two players referred to by Mitchell were senior Jorge Olivas, who was injured in Rifle, and junior Cade Gafford who suffered a groin injury early in the game against Summit.
Mitchell also had several players whom he wanted to give a shout out to. "Sergio Andrade had a great game for us as did Rami Fausto. Kenny Wood played well all weekend and deserves a nod as well," said Mitchell.
Delta is at home in a rematch with the Rifle Bears this Friday. The Panthers will be looking to get some leverage in the league standings with a win against the Bears. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Fans can help the Panthers win by participating in a "Green-Out" on Friday night. There will be games, prizes and a raffle. Anyone wearing green may put its name into a drawing for a big prize.
The Panthers are on the road to Edwards for a 4:30 p.m. contest with Battle Mountain on Saturday.blog comments powered by Disqus