The Paonia boys basketball team ended the first week of play with two non-conference wins and a loss.
The Eagles opened the season with a 43-17 win at Olathe.
"Our defense looked really good," said head coach Chase Roeber.
Eric Carney and Taylor Walters each had seven defensive rebounds in the win.
Turnovers were a problem for the Pirates, as Paonia made 20 steals in the game, including five by Josiah Spano and Walters, and four by Carney.
Shooting guard Jason Sturgis scored eight points and had four assists.
Offensively, Paonia's shooting percentages could have been better, said Spano, the starting point guard.
Paonia shot 40 percent of its field goals and 3-pointers, and 50 percent from the free throw line. "If we could change that to 60, 70 percent, we would have done a lot better."
Paonia expected to be tested last Friday at Telluride, and it was. One point separated the two teams at the end of the first period; at the end of the half, Paonia trailed, 29-30. Telluride increased the lead by five to end the third period, and Paonia came back to score 22 fourth-period points for a 63-61 win.
Sturgis scored eight points, was 1-of-3 from the three-point line and had three assists. Spano shot two 3-pointers and scored a career- and game-high 30 points for the Eagles.
Spano was also 12-of-20 from the line. Linnell had one trey and was 4-4 from the line to end the game with 11 points.
Walters scored eight points on field goals and made 12 rebounds and one steal before fouling out.
On Saturday, the Eagles suffered a non-league, 64-28, loss to Rifle, a Class 4A team in the Western Slope League. This year the Bears return six seniors to their roster.
Four seniors, including 6-foot-6 center Tanner Quick, are 6-foot-1 or taller.
Connor Courter scored a team-high 21 points for the Bears, and fellow senior Sam Demas added 11.
Walters fouled out to end the game with 8 points, five defensive and two offensive rebounds. Freshman Colby Simpson added one 3-pointer.
The Eagles are at Grand Valley to take on the Cardinals on Friday.blog comments powered by Disqus