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Panther boys' wins set up playoff game

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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta's Logan Freed, 12, pulls down a rebound in front of a Grand Valley player during game action in Delta last Saturday. The Panthers completed a weekend sweep of games with a 68-32 3A WSL win. Freed finished the game with 11 points

Delta's boys basketball team needed two wins over the weekend to secure fourth place and a chance to host for a spot in this weekend's 3A district tournament held at Central High School.

A 51-46 win in Craig on Friday got Delta headed in the right direction. Saturday's home game against Grand Valley was a dominating 68-32 WSL win.

Delta 51, MoCo 46

The Panthers needed all their energy and skill to polish off a determined Moffat County quintet on Friday.

The Bulldogs (2-7, 4-15) put up a spirited fight and led 15-13 after one period of play. The Bulldogs were up 28-24 at halftime and seemed confident with their play.

Following the intermission break Delta got six points from Dylan Hollenbeck as the Panthers stormed to a 15-8 advantage and a 39-36 lead after three quarters of action.

Jaspar Carmichael's 4-4 shooting from the free throw line helped Delta to a two-point advantage in the fourth quarter to preserve its 51-46 win.

Hollenbeck was Delta's leading scorer with 15 points with Carmichael and Beau Byers chipping in 10 and nine points respectively for the Panthers.

The Bulldogs' Justin Dugan was the game's leading scorer with 24 points. Teammate Keenan Hildebrandt added 11 points.

Delta 68, Cardinals 32

The Panthers were ready to play on Saturday against the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals. Carmichael's 16 points paced a Delta attack which saw, all but one of the players on the roster, score at least one point.

Logan Freed ignited a 16-10 run for Delta in the first quarter and the Panthers rolled to a 27-12 lead at halftime.

Carmichael nailed a pair of 3's and Jon Robinson had one in Delta's 20-11 third quarter helping the Panthers stretch their lead to 24, 47-23, heading to the final stanza.

Delta closed the game with nine of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 21 points making the final score 68-32.

Carmichael's 16 points topped Delta shooters with Freed's 11 giving the Panthers two players with double figure scoring.

Garrett Magee had three 3's on his way to 16 points for the Cardinals.

Saturday's win assured Delta of a home playoff spot on Tuesday (Feb. 21) against Grand Valley. Results of that contest will appear in next week's DCI.

A win Tuesday would send the Panthers to Central High School in Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday for semifinal and finals competition in district play.

Winners from Tuesday's play-in games advance to Friday where the first semifinal game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the second is slated for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff.

Friday's winners (boys) play for a district title at 2:30 p.m. with the third place game set for 11:30 a.m.

The top two teams at districts, and any team with a top RPI rating, will advance to regional play next week.

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