Cedaredge High School Bruins head boys basketball coach Craig Cerise found his team in a pair of tight games at the Vail Christian High School tournament, Dec. 6-7. Although it was on the losing end of both contests, the team played tough and is bound to learn a great deal from competing in close games.
In its 37-30 loss against the Class 2A Vail Mountain High School Gore Rangers, the Bruins had six players put points on the scoreboard. Junior Jacob Brown paced the team with nine points all by way of three-pointers. Alex Barron (7), Conner Brooks (5), Jasper Thomas (4), Owen Craig (3), and Damon Hudson (2) rounded out the scoring for the Bruins. Cedaredge had nine players bring down rebounds on the night. Craig led in that department with five of his own. Barron picked five of the team’s 10 steals in the contest.
On the consolation side of the bracket Cedaredge suffered a defeat at the hands of the 2A Soroco High School Rams 46-42 in a closely-contested game. The Bruins led 11-9 after one quarter behind four points apiece by Barron and Hudson. Five players scored for Cedaredge in the second quarter to help the team take a 23-19 lead at halftime.
The Rams flipped the script in the third quarter by outscoring the Bruins 13-9 despite five points by Craig. Senior Fabian Barron did all he could to help lead the team to victory by scoring two points of his own in the final frame. Brown also scored a bucket and knocked down four free throws. Soroco, however, was able to score 14 points to Cedaredge’s 10 to end the contest.
Cedaredge’s high scorer was Brown with 13. Others to score were: Craig (eight), Damon Hudson (seven), Alex Barron (six), Fabian Barron (two), Brooks (four), Thomas (two) completing the team’s balanced scoring.
Despite the losses, Cerise appeared enthusiastic about the team’s outlook and potential.
“I was pretty happy with the fact that we are keeping up on the defensive side,” Cerise said. “That’s been the main point of emphasis. We’ve kept the scoring down and definitely opposing teams shooting percent was down.”
“We need to improve our shooting. We got a lot of shots that we wanted, but these first games looked a lot like what you might see starting out,” continued Cerise. “We just rushed some shots here and there and need to make more in the future.”
Cedaredge played the Rangely High School Panthers last night. Up next for the Bruins is a contest against the Nucla High School Mustangs on Dec. 13. It is the first home contest for the team this season. Junior varsity action is set to begin 12:30 p.m. with varsity set to get underway at 3:30 p.m.