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Cardinals fall in heartbreaker

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Grand Valley boys basketball team ran into a very big, strong Paonia team that came to fight a tough battle on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Paonia came away with the 63-62 win.Grand Valley managed to jump out to a 14-12 first-quarter lead helped by Jon Lantz and Tyler Jensen 3-pointers.A Paonia intentional foul at the end of the first half on Sam McKinley allowed him to hit a free throw, and the Cards led, 28-27, going into the locker room. Mitch Belden’s trey and field goal had the Cards up, 35-30, but Paonia surged ahead with 20 seconds left in the third quarter to lead 44-42.McKinley’s 14 fourth-quarter points, including 3 treys, wasn’t enough to mount a comeback for Grand Valley. McKinley’s first of three treys in the fourth, plus free throws by Luke Braby and Jensen, had the Cards up for the first time in the final frame 51-50, but Paonia tied it back up at 54 with under three minutes left. A McKinley field goal, along with a free throw, had the cards up 58-54, but Paonia reclaimed the lead again at 61-58. McKinley’s final trey of the game, in addition to a free throw, gave the Cards the lead again, this time at 62-61. But once again Paonia came back with a field goal with 29 seconds left to seal the win. McKinley lead all scorers with 25 points and also had 11 rebounds, three steals and five assists. Belden added 11 points with three assists and two steals, Braby scored 11 points with six boards and Jensen chipped in 10 points to go along with seven steals.


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