Bears beat Grand Junction Central, 44-33 |

Bears beat Grand Junction Central, 44-33

The Class 4A Rifle Bears boys basketball team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 44-33 victory over Class 5A Grand Junction Central Friday night. Eight different players scored in Rifle’s balanced attack, led by eight points each from Bryan Cloninger and Travis Jensen and seven points from Adam Krick and Stuart Stapleton.Central (1-5) had the game’s only player in double figures with Sam Greenwald netting 12 points.Meeker Cowboy ShootoutThe Grand Valley boys basketball team rebounded from a 53-31 loss to Hayden on Friday night to defeat North Park 71-59 on Saturday at the Meeker Cowboy Shootout high school basketball tournament.Dylan Culver was the long bomber of the day for Grand Valley, hitting for five three pointers and a game-high 31 points to lead the Cardinals. Sam McKinley had a pair of treys and finished with 12 points.The Cardinals led by just four points after the third quarter, but ran away with the game in the fourth. Culver tallied 9 points and Mitch Belden had five in the frame as Grand Valley outscored North Park 21-10 in the final eight minutes.Hayden downed Grand Valley for the second time this season, in part due to the tough man-to-man defense. Hayden Held Grand Valley to single digits in every quarter except the third when the Cardinals scored 10 points. Sam McKinley was the high scorer for Grand Valley with 11 points.

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