Titans sprint past Cowboys
Hosting the Meeker Cowboys Tuesday in New Castle, the Coal Ridge Titans boys basketball team was able to sit its starters in the fourth quarter while cruising to a 63-35 win to pick up its first win of the season.
Following a loss to open the season on Saturday to Colorado Academy, Coal Ridge bounced back in a big way as senior forward Hunter Gerber led the way with 14 points, while senior forward Eziel Ruiz added 13 points in the 28-point win.
The Titans raced out to a 17-7 lead after one quarter of play as Ruiz knocked down two three-pointers, while his cousin, sophomore guard Aaron Arreola, added two three-pointers of his own.
Junior guard Brandon Herrera and senior guard Martin Camunez then canned three-pointers in the second quarter as Gerber added four points to stretch the Titan lead to 29-13 at halftime.
Coming out in the third quarter, Gerber caught fire scoring eight of his 14 points in the quarter, while Ruiz added seven of his 13 points as Coal Ridge scored 22 points as a team to put the Cowboys away.
In the fourth quarter, junior guard Brody Morgan — getting some action in the blowout — knocked down a three-pointer and later hit a jumper to give him five of his eight points in the win. Juan Vasquez knocked down a three-pointer of his own in the fourth quarter.
“We bounced back well tonight after a tough game with Colorado Academy,” Coal Ridge Head Coach Paul Harvey said. “The guys stepped up the defense, which led to some timely offense.”
The Titans will tip off with the Paonia Eagles Friday at 7 p.m.