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Brendan Baier (21) fits for a rebound in Delta's season opener vs Roaring Fork.

Sometimes, the other team makes all the shots.

For the Delta High School boys basketball team, they ran into a hot-shooting Roaring Fork squad last week and lost 57-54.

The Rams knocked down 9 of 22 shots from deep, with River Byrne and Eddie Hernandez each dropping in 19 points.

While the Panthers were able to keep in close throughout, coach Rob Ames said they couldn’t quite match their opponent shot-for-shot down the stretch.

“They made ‘em and we didn’t,” Ames said. “We didn’t didn’t pressure their shooters particularly well even if your ball pressure was good in other areas. We got some squeezes late but they made their shots. They made the most of their opportunities. Overall, though, I’m happy with how we played in a lot of ways and it’s a good first step. It’d be great to win the first game of the season, but losing our first one, in a way, made our practices last week even better.”

Tucker Johnson led the Panthers with 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Ames credited the sophomore for his skill and work ethic, especially given his age.

Easton Baier added nine points and Brendan Baier had eight. The Panthers made six 3-pointers as a team and finished 8 for 19 from the free-throw line.

On defense, Delta forced 27 turnovers.

“That’s our DNA,” Ames said of the defensive pressure. “We want to pressure the ball of for all 32 minutes and generate the momentum we need for offense that way. We want to go for the big stops and I’m happy with how we did on defense (against Roaring Fork).”

The Panthers will next travel to Grand Junction High School for a tournament. They play Battle Mountain on Thursday, Montezuma-Cortez on Friday and close out against the host school on Saturday.

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