Rangely boys split games at Manila

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(Left) Rangely junior Austin Davis takes a shot at a basket during the game against the Dugway Mustangs at the Manila Shootout. Davis was the second leading scorer in the game for the Panthers with 10 points. The team travels to Telluride Friday.

RANGELY | Rangely’s boys’ basketball squad split their two contests at the Manila Shootout on Dec. 6-7. On Friday, the Panthers fell 28-103 to a vastly improved Intermountain Christian team out of Salt Lake City. According to the Deseret News, ICS is the favorite in 1A region 22 and one of the top small-school teams in the state. The ICS Lions pressed effectively through all four quarters and Panther turnovers kept Rangely from keeping pace. Sydney Cole led the Panthers in scoring with eight points followed by Austin Davis and Gabe Polley with six points apiece.

Rangely’s defense proved to be the deciding factor against the Dugway Mustangs on Saturday.  The Panthers captured a 45-33 victory over the Mustangs by limiting their inside game. Down 21-15 at halftime, Dugway utilized a full-court press to rally, but the Panthers regained their composure to extend their lead. Cole led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Austin Davis with 10 points.

“We played with great effort all weekend, even against ICS’s press into the fourth quarter, and the boys responded well to adversity against Dugway. I’m very pleased with the growth the boys have shown this weekend,” said coach Kyle Boydstun about the Manila games.

The Panthers lost to Cedaredge Tuesday at home 50-45 and travel to Telluride on Friday (game times 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.). Rangely will also host Plateau Valley on Dec. 20 to round out the December schedule.

Special to the Herald Times