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Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Grand Valley Cardinals boys basketball team made the long trek to Walden to take on the North Park Wildcats in a Class 2A Western Slope League encounter Saturday night and came away with an easy 94-60 win.The seniors made it their night. Luke Braby dominated the Wildcats in the lane, blocking shots and tearing down rebounds for putbacks, helping him score 16 points in the game. In the first quarter, senior Danny Manzanares bombed two treys and senior Mitchell Belden added a couple of field goals to give the Cardinals a 20-12 first-quarter lead.In the second quarter, it was senior Richard Gallegos pulling down four of his six rebounds on the night and converting three free throws and a field goal. Senior Sam McKinley got involved and pounded the Wildcats with five 3-pointers. Braby continued his dominance inside, and Belden continued to contribute for a 51-24 halftime lead.The third quarter belonged to Belden and McKinley. Belden accounted for eight points early, and the final two of McKinley’s seven treys on the night had Cardinal head coach Scott Kiburis taking off the press and clearing his bench with five minutes left in the quarter and the Cards with a 74-28 lead. Tyler Jensen had a trey and field goal in the quarter, and Michael Shepherd’s two steals and scores ended the quarter 78-42.The final quarter was for the sophomores. Colton Cowan came up big with two treys and two field goals, Michael Shepherd added another field goal, and William Waugh scored the last of the 14 Cardinal 3-pointers for the night.McKinley finished with 25 points; Braby had eight rebounds, six blocks and five assists; and Belden had 14 points.The Hayden Tigers will visit the Grand Valley gym on Friday at 7 p.m. for the last league game for the Cardinals.

The Coal Ridge boys basketball team outscored Hotchkiss 31-22 in the final quarter of the Titans’ home battle against the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t enough to make up the 18-point deficit going into the quarter as Coal Ridge fell 71-62 on Saturday night.Eric Schmitz led the Titans with 17 points, 12 of which came in the final frame. Tyler Williams added nine points for Coal Ridge, while Skyler James chipped in eight.The Titans will be back in action of Friday when they host Aspen at 7 p.m.Results from the Coal Ridge-Hotchkiss girls game were unavailable.


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