Cowboys 5-4 in league play

MHS sophomore Ryan Phelan takes a shot as teammates and RHS rivals look on. Meeker bested the Panthers 63-29. TIFFANY JEHOREK PHOTO

MEEKER | Two wins on the weekend and Cowboy basketball now stands 5-4 on the league and 7-8 overall. The team is averaging 46.2 points per game, up from the previous week as they bested Rangely 63-29 Friday, then traveled to Granby, bringing home another victory over West Grand 50-45.

Cole Rogers sank 31 points over the weekend, 21 from the seven three pointers. Rogers is now up to 22 three-point field goals for the season.

Andy Kracht and Lane Anderson both had completion percentages in the 70s and a combined 17 points against the Panthers. After a slow start in the first quarter, the Cowboys pulled down 18 defensive rebounds, and beat the Panthers off the boards.

Squeaking past the Mustangs on Saturday, once again it was Kale Burke and Rogers putting up 14 points each and leading the team.

“We are shooting the ball much better,” said head coach Klark Kindler. “The West Grand game was a very good game, both teams played extremely hard; it was a big win for us.”

West Grand had a record of 4-3 but with the additional loss handed to them by the Cowboys they now sit at 50 percent and are two below Meeker in league standings.

This weekend, the Cowboys will take on Soroco Thursday, then Hotchkiss, and wrap up at Little Snake River for a rematch on Saturday. Friday is the only home game. The Bulldogs—who have an identical Western Slope league record—lost to Soroco 74-53 last weekend and it should be a good game.

“Two more big games for us this weekend, Soroco and Hotchkiss,” said Kindler, “we need wins to try to get home court for the district tournament.”

Little Snake River barely slipped by Meeker 41-38 the last time these two teams met, but since then the Cowboys scoring and overall play has improved. This is a non-league game, but will hopefully improve their overall record.

 

By Tiffany Jehorek | Special to the Herald Times

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