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Rifle boys’ quickness leaves Battle Mountain behind

Mike VidakovichGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. The Rifle boys basketball team came out of the gates quickly against the visiting Huskies of Battle Mountain and never looked back en route to a 75-56 win.With junior point guard Scott Rust being the catalyst for the Rifle offense, the Bears jumped out to a quick 27-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.In the second quarter, it was Tyler Rust and Zach Whitmore scoring on hard drives to the basket to put Rifle up 33-17. Then it was back to Scott Rust, who hit a jumper in the lane to give the Bears an 18-point cushion at halftime with the score at 44-26.Battle Mountain’s effort in the second half was helped by Ashlin Romero, who also played in the junior varsity game for the Huskies. Romero came off the bench to score 11 points for his team, but Battle Mountain could not gain enough momentum to cut into the Rifle lead.The quickness of the Rifle backcourt gave the Huskies fits all night long. Whether it was the timely outside shooting by Scott Rust, who led the Bears in scoring with 26 points, or the slashing moves to the basket by Tyler Rust and Whitmore, Battle Mountain seemed to have no answer.The Bears took a commanding 63-39 lead into the fourth quarter and maintained close to that margin for the duration.In the scoring column for Rifle, Tyler Rust added 13 points and Whitmore chipped in with seven points.With the win, Rifle improved to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the Class 4A Western Slope. Battle Mountain, on the other hand, fell to 0-12 overall with the loss and 0-5 in league.It was the third win in a row for the Bears, who defeated Eagle Valley 70-63 on Friday night.


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