MEEKER | With a weekend split between away and home games, the Meeker Cowboys now have a league record of 2-1 and are 50 percent overall. Looking for a win on the road the Cowboys handed the Caprock Academy Eagles a loss on their home turf winning 60-25.
“At Caprock we got off to a great start,” said head coach Klark Kindler, “And then slowed down and didn’t react well when they changed defenses.”
Putting up 26 points in the first quarter, “It was the best start of the season,” said Kindler. Scoring was led by Stephen Walsh, and Ryan Phelan and both Walsh and Rogers drained two, three pointers. Defensively, Johnathan Lopez and Phelan led the team grabbing over half of the rebounds from missed Caprock shots.
Vail Christian made the journey on a Saturday for games in Meeker. The Cowboys couldn’t seal the win and lost by 17 points, 61-44. “Saturday was the complete opposite from Friday,” said Kindler, “We got down early and missed way too many easy shots and dug a 16 point hole.”
The Cowboys only scored two points in the first quarter, but allowed 13. Led by seniors Kale Burke who had a 55 percent field goal completion rate and defensively by Andy Kracht who pulled down eight rebounds, put up double digits in the remainder of the game. The Cowboys battled their way back said Kindler, “We responded well and cut the lead to seven in the third quarter and then did not answer their run or get stops when we needed them.”
This is a busy week for varsity basketball with games Thursday and Friday at home, then Saturday traveling to Paonia. Thursday boys JV and varsity have games beginning at 5 p.m., Friday no JV, varsity only against Debeque, games beginning at 5:30 p.m.
By TIFFANY JEHOREK | Special to the Herald Times