Cowboys beat Cowboys and Saints

Cowboy senior Eli Newman pulls a rebound away from above a Vail Christian player in a Western Slope League game, which the Cowboys won last Saturday, to increase their overall record to 9-3. Newman had a double-double against the Saints, leading the Cowboys with 19 points and 13 rebounds. The Cowboys will play in Vail this Saturday against the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers in another league contest. BOBBY GUTIERREZ PHOTO

RBC | The Meeker boys’ basketball team increased its record to 9-3, after wins against the Plateau Valley Cowboys and the Vail Christian Saints last week. The Cowboys will not play again until Saturday, when they travel to Vail to play the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers.
The Cowboys played last week’s games without their big-man, Zach Dinwiddie, who was out due to a concussion, yet they were able to win both Western Slope League games, beating the Cowboys 47-38 and the Saints 68-58.
“Against Plateau Valley, we just gutted out a win,” Meeker head coach Klark Kindler. “We were without Zach and then got into big-time foul trouble, which forced some young guys in and they did a great job. We should get Zach back this week.”
Meeker led by four at the end of the first quarter and led 26-19 at halftime. The second half was played a lot closer, with the Meeker Cowboys outscoring the Plateau Valley Cowboys by one point each period of the second half.
Senior Logan Hughes led his team with a double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. Doak Mantle and Valentin Rosas each finished with seven points, Eli Newman scored six and recorded nine rebounds, while Ryan Phelan scored four, Trapper Merrifield and Kale Burke, each added a basket.
Against the Saints, who came in with a 10-1 record, Coach Kindler said his team “played well.” Meeker jumped out to a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it by by at halftime. The Cowboys were outscored by three in the third quarter but came back to outscore the Saints in the fourth and get the Western Slope League win.
“We shot the ball better and we did a great job of attacking the rim,” coach Kindler said. “We did a good job on their leading scorer, holding him to seven points.”
Newman led the Cowboys with a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 13 rebounds against the Saints. Hughes finished with another double-double, scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds, Mantle also scored 11 points, while Stephen Walsh finished with eight. Merrifield and Rosas both added six, Brennan Jensen added four and Kale Burke added three.
The Cowboys will play the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers Saturday in Vail.
“Every game from here on out, is important,” Kindler said.