Rifle boys defeat Eagle Valley
RIFLE – Scott Rust made a triumphant return to the court, scoring 24 points to lift the Rifle boys basketball team over Eagle Valley 71-51 on Friday night.After sitting out Wednesday’s 49-46 victory over Glenwood, Rust returned to the lineup and lead the charge for the speedy Bears who stole and used fast breaks to bypass the Devils in a Class 4A Western Slope League showdown. Rust swiped four of Rifle’s 14 steals, with younger brother Tyler and Keenan Ross each nabbing three.While the ending score revealed a wide margin, the first half was quite the opposite. Both teams traded points, never getting far away from each other. Eagle Valley stayed in it mainly due to the hot hand of Cesar Castillo, who hit four 3s in the first half. Three of his treys came on consecutive Devil possessions, giving Eagle Valley a short-lived lead.Rifle came back with Rust and fellow guards Hazen Moss and Eric Laudick attacking the basket, and the Devil ball handlers, with fury.”I was happy with the pressure we put on the guards in the second half, but I don’t think we got out on them as well as we could have in the first half,” said Rifle head coach Chris Lowther.Their efforts put the Bears ahead 30-27 at half.”I think we were just a little bit slow,” Lowther said of the first half. “Kinda fatigued maybe a little bit, not real energetic.”Then came the Bears’ offensive outpouring in the third quarter. Rifle scored 26 points, held Eagle Valley to 15, and gained a lead it never lost. By the start of the fourth quarter, the Bears were up 56-42.Outside of Scott Rust’s 24 points, Rifle was led by Laudick with 15, Moss with 12 and Tyler Rust with 11.Castillo was the top scorer for the Devils, finishing with 21 points.Rifle, 6-6 overall, 3-1 WSL, will play another league game today at 5:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain, while Eagle Valley, 2-9, 1-3 WSL, will be at Battle Mountain on Tuesday. “I am pretty pleased with the start,” Lowther said. “We have a long time left to go, it is just a start for us, but it’s a pretty good start.”
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