The future is bright for the Cedaredge High School boys basketball team. There was a point against Hayden on Friday where coach Lane Varner surveyed the court. On the hardwood were two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman.
The Bruins went on to win 67-41 with three players scoring in double figures. Junior Kevin Barron had 17 points while fellow junior Gideon Gilmore finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Kyler Parker dropped in 10 points as well.
“In Kevin and Kyle we have a couple of guys who are more than capable of doing that for us every night,” Varner said. “When do that, it sure does help our team quite a bit. The balance makes a lot of things easier.”
Cedaredge followed that up the next day with a 61-57 come-from-behind victory over Plateau Valley.
Down 47-42 after three quarters, the Bruins surged for 19 points in the final frame to put the game away.
Sophomore Luke Maxey finished with 19 points on 8-of-25 shooting and Varner said Maxey’s bombs-away attitude comes from a competitive spirit.
“He’s just a tremendous competitor more than anything,” the coach said. “If one of their guys hits a 3, his first thought is we’re going to come down and match that.”
Gilmore had 18 points with 16 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass. Varner credited Gilmore for his fight and grit, saying he’s “hacked like none other a lot of the time” and he’s willing to do the dirty work that it takes to win games.
Camden Myers finished with 10 points and was one of three players, alongside Maxey and Logan Tullis, to notch four assists.
“Coach (Mike) Vig has a tremendously well-coach team and they had a good gameplan for us,” Varner said. “We were down by seven at one point and we were able to retake the lead late because of how we fought. It was a good game for the Bruins.”