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Tourney gives GV fresh start

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox DeBeque High School's Forest Matis goes up for a shot against Grand Valley High School defense Luke Braby (44) and Sam McKinley (25) during Tuesday night's game in DeBeque. Also shown, GVHS's Dylan Culver (30). DBHS won the game XX-XX.
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There’s one thing about playing in a district tournament, as the Grand Valley boys basketball team will on Saturday: It gives teams that have been on the skids, like the Cardinals have lately, a chance to redeem themselves.

Grand Valley (5-2 league, 9-9 overall) concluded the regular season Tuesday with a 59-48 nonleague loss to DeBeque. The defeat extended the Cardinals’ losing streak to three games.But thanks to the district tournament format – which smaller schools, like the Class 2A Cardinals play in – the slate’s been cleaned. Each of the eight teams in the single-elimination tournament have a shot at advancing to the next level. Grand Valley, who earned the No. 2 seed, hosts No. 7-West Grand (1-6, 3-14) at 2:30 p.m.

The Cardinals won their previous encounter with the Kremmling-based Mustangs, in a 71-63 decision in Parachute on Jan. 21.Dylan Culver poured in 25 points in that contest. He and Sam McKinley are the Cardinals’ leading scorers. McKinley averages 19.1 points per game. Culver is good for 16 points a contest. Both are especially dangerous back of the 3-point line.

The two players have drained home 107 treys to date between them.Winning teams from Saturday’s first-round games advance to next Friday’s semifinals at Hayden High School. Rangely, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, has assured itself of one of the two regional playoff spots by winning the league title.Semifinal winners advance to the district championship game the following night.


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