Cards recover from Meeker loss with 57-26 win over West Grand
MEEKER, Colo. The Grand Valley boys basketball team fought hard, but fell two-points shy of coming away with a win at Meeker on Thursday night. The Cards lost to the Cowboys, 53-51 in overtime.After a back-and-forth second half, the fourth quarter concluded with two Meeker free throws that tied the game at 40 and sent it into OT.In overtime, Luke Braby scored first to give the Cards (4-2 Class 2A Western Slope League, 12-3 overall) the lead, but the Cowboys (5-1 WSL, 13-1 overall) started fired back with two straight treys. Sam McKinley’s four free throws then tied the game at 46 with less than two minutes to go. A technical foul on the bench gave the Cowboys two free throws and the ball and that proved to be the final straw that broke the Cardinals. Braby’s bucket and three more McKinley free throws weren’t enough.The Cardinals now fall to 2-2 in league play. McKinley finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Braby scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had four blocks while Tyler Jensen totaled 12 points, including two 3s – the only ones for Grand Valley all night.After the tough loss on Thursday, Grand Valley came out stale, but overpowered the West Grand Mustangs 57-26 to go 3-2 in league play.Braby had his way under the basket, snagging nine rebounds and 23 points. Mitchell Belden scored 13, including a trey, with the majority of his scoring coming on driving layups. He contributed four steals to go with his points. Sam McKinley scored almost all of his nine points in about 30 seconds in the third quarter and finished with 7 rebounds and four assists. Jensen had five points, five steals and four assists.The Cards were up 47-12 going into the final quarter before the coach cleared his bench.Grand Valley will head to Plateau Valley on Thursday for another league contest. The girls will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m.
In Class 3A Western Slope League action, the Coal Ridge boys lost a close 55-49 battle at Cedaredge on Saturday. Further information about the game or scores from Roaring Fork’s games against Olathe on Saturday were not available.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.