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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta freshman Kyle Mock challenges a Palisade defender with a layup in last week's meeting on Jan. 19. The Bulldogs had too much for the young Panthers and scored a 79-47 4A WSL win.

Delta's Panthers returned to the hardwood this past week with three games being played in six days. A Jan. 19 contest at home with Palisade started the week off. The Bulldogs took advantage of a 34-7 third quarter to blow the game open for a 79-47 4A WSL victory.

The Panthers were on the road to Gypsum and another league matchup against Eagle Valley on Friday. Delta lost this contest, 69-56.

Delta's final game of the week was played in Delta against Glenwood Springs on Saturday. The Demons were too much for the Panthers in a 71-56 decision.

PHS 79, Delta 47

In a rematch against the Bulldogs on Tuesday, the Panthers were in the game until a third-quarter explosion by Palisade essentially put the game away with a 34-7 run.

Kyle Mock and Jonny Ponce scored six points each for Delta in a 17-14 advantage for the Bulldogs in first-quarter play.

Palisade scored another 17 points in the second frame, and Beau Byers netted six of the Panthers' 11 counters for a 34-25 Palisade halftime lead.

The difference in the game came in the third quarter as the Bulldogs were on fire with a variety of shots in a 34-point barrage. Max Noland scorched the net with 12 points in the quarter to lead a torrid shooting Bulldogs' squad.

The big Palisade lead, 68-32, was just too much for the Panthers to overcome in a 15-11 run in the fourth quarter.

Ponce's 13 points paced Delta scorers with Byers adding another 12 counters. Palisade's Noland claimed game scoring honors with his 26 points.

EV 69, Delta 56

The battle in Gypsum took a turn for the worse in first-quarter play with Eagle Valley powering its way to a huge 24-7 lead. Three Devils scored six points in the run, with another adding four.

Delta bounced back to outscore the Devils by 10 in second-quarter action. Jaspar Carmichael was blazing hot for the Panthers with 12 of the 22 points scored by Delta in the period. The Panthers trailed by seven, 36-29, at halftime.

Mock was the lone bright spot for Delta in the third quarter as he scored six of the nine Delta points in the period. Meanwhile, the Devils added four points to their lead after scoring 13 points in the frame.

Mock tacked on seven more points to his totals in the fourth quarter to finish with 17 points. Carmichael had five points in the second half and finished with 19 points to lead all scorers in the game.

GS 71, DELTA 56

Delta began the contest with confidence and a 15-11 lead after the game's first eight minutes of play.

Glenwood Springs, the league's third-place team, went bonkers in the second period and hit six 3-pointers in the period on its way to a 28-17 run, and a 39-32 lead at halftime.

Ponce's seven-point effort in the third stanza wasn't enough to get the Panthers closer to Glenwood Springs' lead as the Demons stayed ahead with a 20-point effort and a 59-48 lead going to the fourth quarter.

Glenwood's Cam Horning scored six points in a 12-6 final quarter, finishing with 19 points to lead all scorers. Teammate Zach Johnson had 11 points for the winners.

Ponce led the Panthers' offense with 16 points while Beau Byers had 12 and Mock 10.

The week's losses leave the Panthers with a 2-7 league mark and 6-8 overall. Rifle, 7-0 and 12-1, leads the 4A WSL, with Palisade, 5-2 and 5-8, resting in second place. Glenwood is third with records of 5-2 and 7-6.

Delta is at Battle Mountain on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff and faces Rifle in Delta on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m.

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