Cowboys batter Rams in season finale

MEEKER — Parents’ night at the final home varsity basketball games is a tradition that allows players an opportunity to show appreciation to their parents and supporters prior to the game and it’s always made better when the home team can achieve a victory. Saturday the Meeker High School Cowboys ended the final game of the regular season and parents’ night in convincing style with a 60-46 victory over the Soroco Rams.
Starting his two seniors for their final regular season game, Cowboy Coach Klark Kindler gave the nod to Tyler King and Joseph Galvan to lead the Cowboys. Meeker started out slow, only gathering seven points to the Rams 13 at the end of the first period. However, the ‘Pokes gained control of the game in the second period with six points apiece from Brian Crowe and Tyrel Gerloff to open up a 23-18 halftime lead. In the third stanza, Crowe continued his scoring with six more, and was aided by six from Dakota Rowlett and four from Seth Boesch. By the end of the third, Meeker had opened up a 13 point lead, 42-29. The Cowboys maintained their lead for the final quarter on the strength of Rowlett’s 11 points and another five from Crowe to finish the game victoriously 60-46. “I was pleased with our effort tonight,” said Kindler, “we played without Mitch (Jacob) after the second quarter, lost Tyler (Matrisciano) to an injury, and Brock was sick, I thought we handled the adversity well.”
For the night Crowe scored 20, Rowlett counted for 19 and gathered 21 rebounds, Gerloff eight, Brock Campbell six, Boesch four, Tyler Matrisciano two and Galvan one.
This week Meeker will host Plateau Valley in the first round of the District Five basketball tournament. Meeker won the league contest 70-60 at home back in January. The winner of the contest will move on to Paonia for the final four of the district. Game time is presently scheduled for 2:30 p.m. after the girls’ varsity game against Rangely.