Craig Cerise, and the Cedaredge Bruins, played four games away from the friendly confines of Cedaredge High School and made the most of playing on the road with three wins and a single loss.
Cedaredge began the week in Ridgway with a game on Dec. 5 with a 47-24 victory. On Dec. 7 the Bruins were in Meeker for the White River Shootout where they faced Rangely. The Bruins won their second game of the week, 53-39. A Friday contest, in Meeker, with the host Cowboys was a 71-38 loss. Saturday's 75-58 win over Soroco concluded Cedaredge's week on the hardwood.
The Cedaredge girls played in Ridgway this past week and scored a 57-5 win over the Demons.
Bruins 47, Demons 24
A sluggish first quarter kept scores low in Ridgway.
The Demons weren't overpowering in the first quarter of play but they did own an 8-4 lead.
Whatever coach Cerise drew up to begin the second quarter must have been the magic potion needed to spark a fire. Cedaredge responded with 19 points in the second frame and the Bruins' defense tightened its perimeter to limit Ridgway to just four points.
When the two teams went to halftime, Cedaredge owned a 23-12 lead that would not be challenged the rest of the way.
Second half play was more of the first half with the Bruins lumbering to a 24-12 advantage to post a 47-24 decision.
Peter Carlson was hot and found a rhythm for 27 points to lead all scorers. Carlson also posted 15 rebounds (six offensive and nine defensive) and three blocks in the contest. Junior Jared Reynolds scored eight points with sophomore Fabian Barron dishing out seven assists.
White River Shootout
Bruins 53, Rangely 39
The Panthers provided more competition for Cedaredge and a 30-26 halftime lead for the Bruins indicated just that.
There was more separation in the second half with the Bruins outscoring the Panthers by 10 points to earn the 14-point win.
Carlson was accurate once again for the Bruins and led all scorers in the game with 22 points. He had another 15 rebounds to his credit and recorded five blocks in the game.
Senior Baylee Piper scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds and had two assists and four steals in the game. Senior Jacob Lewis had five assists and three steals while Craig Claunch posted four assists and five steals for the winners.
Kobe Broome paced Rangely scorers with 18 points and Patrick Scoggins finished with 11 points with six assists and six steals.
Meeker 71, Bruins 38
The Cowboys were not gracious hosts and started the game with 17 points in the first quarter while strapping the Bruins down with a defensive effort which allowed just six points.
The game's flow remained about the same for the next two quarters with Meeker putting up 32 points on offense and limiting the Bruins to 15 points. Meeker owned a 49-21 lead heading into the last quarter.
Cedaredge's offense was more productive in the final eight minutes but was still outscored 22-17 to make the final score 71-38.
Carlson continued to shine for the Bruins with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Piper had nine points and seven rebounds with Jared Reynolds chipping in eight counters.
Bruins 75, Rams 58
Cedaredge enjoyed a game in which it outscored its opponent in each of the four quarters on the way to a 17-point victory.
The Bruins led 27-22 after two quarters of play had concluded and outscored Soroco 48-36 in the second half to post the 75-58 decision.
Carlson's 26 points gave him a total of 88 points for the week and a 22-point scoring average to begin the season. Carlson also cleaned the glass with 18 rebounds against the Rams and finished with 10 blocked shots, six assists and three steals.
Lewis' 19 points shows the explosiveness the Bruins possess on any given night. Lewis also had seven rebounds.
Soroco's Nick Estes finished with 19 points and Colton Stroup had 15.
The Bruins open this week's second annual First Colorado National Bank Tournament against Hotchkiss on Friday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 p.m. Tournament play concludes on Saturday with games at 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.