MEEKER I After a slow start to the season, the Cowboys sealed second place in the league last weekend after their win at Hotchkiss.
“We played some big games this weekend,” commented head coach Klark Kindler. “We played well every game, just ran out of gas at Little Snake after getting home from Hotchkiss at 1 a.m. the night before.”
Thursday at home the Soroco Rams played the Cowboys in a nail biter.
“We got off to a bad start,” Kindler said. “We made one out of our first 16 shots, but we stayed patient, waited for shots to start falling, and got the stops we needed in the end.”
The final score was 60-53 led by seniors Elijah Deming and Cole Rogers who each had 16 points.
Behind at the half, the Cowboys had a big 22-point third quarter and never looked back to beat the Rams and begin their 2-1 weekend.
Friday on the road was another big win.
“We got off to a great start, opposite of the night before,” Kindler said. “We shot well, got the lead and maintained it throughout the entire game. Hotchkiss had to play catchup but we did really well stopping the runs.”
The 12 point victory, 67-55, found Rogers with 20 points, Deming with 15, and Spud White with 14.
Saturday, once again on the road, the Cowboys fell to Little Snake in a close 52-45 game. Their record now stands at 8-3 on the league and they are 50% overall, 9-9.
Friday will be their last regular season game, at home, but the outcome will not impact their league standing or regional play. The Cowboys host the Hayden Tigers with varsity to begin at 7 p.m.
The Cowboys will begin district play at home Tuesday with their opponent to be decided. A win Tuesday and the Cowboys will play Friday and Saturday in DeBeque. A loss Tuesday means they move to the consolation bracket and play will begin Thursday in DeBeque. A win Tuesday guarantees the Cowboys will make it into the regional tournament, location to be determined, and if they win districts, they will host the regional tournament in Meeker.
By TIFFANY JEHOREK
Special to the Herald Times