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GV boys head to regionals

The Grand Valley boys basketball team took care of business in the essential Class 2A District 5 game Friday night, but it took a toll and the Cardinals fell short on Saturday in the title game.Despite losing one of their top offensive threats in Sam McKinley during Friday’s game, Grand Valley ensured itself a spot in next weekend’s regional round in Grand Junction with a 47-44 victory over Hayden on Friday. In Saturday’s district championship, however, top-seed Rangely was too much to overcome as the Panthers downed Grand Valley 57-40.”A lot of kids were playing different positions, and there were a lot of kids who hadn’t played varsity basketball before,” said Cardinals coach Scott Kiburis. “I thought our kids really proved themselves and played as a team on Friday,” he added. “They fought through a lot of adversity and now have a chance to go to the state basketball tournament.”In Saturday’s game Dylan Culver did his best to make up for the absence of McKinley with 23 points, including six 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough against the league’s top team.In Friday’s game against Hayden, Culver posted a game-high 19 points with four treys in the win, while Richard Gallegos chipped in nine points. McKinley scored five points before being sidelined by a knee injury.McKinley’s status for the regional playoff is uncertain, according to Kiburis.McKinley’s status for the regional playoff is uncertain, according to Kiburis.


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