West Grand boys come close to sweep in league play
January 12, 2010
The West Grand High School Mustangs rallied from a 15-point deficit against the Hayden Tigers on Friday night, Jan. 8, but couldn’t quite get over the hump in a 39-32 loss.
However, the Mustangs were able to salvage the weekend with a win on Saturday against the De Beque Dragons, 64-39.
The shooting touch for West Grand was ice cold on Friday night and the Mustangs only put 10 points on the board in the first half. Hayden scored 25 points and appeared to be in control of the contest.
The second half was a different story, however, as the Mustangs clawed back in the contest. Led by the scoring of Travis Gore with 17 points, and the defense of Stetson Sabados, who limited Hayden’s leading scorer Graig Medvesk to two points, West Grand closed the gap two points.
Hayden was held to four points in the third quarter while the Mustangs crawled notched eight points of their own. The rally continued into the fourth quarter as West Grand threatened to tie the score.
The Tigers then regained their footing and were able to withstand the charge and pull away to the final score.
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Luke Miller led the team in rebounds with seven and Fletcher Flanigan had six steals to lead the team in that category.
“I was happy with the poise we showed to get back into the game,” coach Leo Pesch said. “We played good team defense and Stetson (Sabados) did a good job of defending their top scorer.
“It was also nice to see a good and vocal crowd at the game. They were very important during our comeback. The excitement I felt in the gym was good,” Pesch continued. “I would like to thank the people who attended for making it a good atmosphere.”
Against De Beque on Saturday, it was a reversal of roles for the Mustangs. West Grand raced to a 16-7 lead after the first quarter. The Dragons crawled back into the game by outscoring the Mustangs in the second quarter, 14-10, and closing the gap to 30-19 at the halftime break.
Debeque continued to rally in the third quarter and got within three points before West Grand withstood the charge on a couple of key buckets by Gore and Flanigan. In the fourth quarter, the Mustangs pulled away to the final margin by outscoring the Dragons, 24-7.
Flanigan and Gore were the leading scorers with 17 points apiece. Tim Ritschard was the leading rebounder with 11 and Flanigan snared 10 caroms off of the boards.