West Grand boys salvage win in finale at Granby tournament
December 17, 2007
Middle Park and Meeker both got the best of the West Grand High School boys varsity team during the weekend in the Mountain Parks Electric 2007 4th Annual High Country Invitational Basketball Tournament hosted by Middle Park High School.
West Grand defeated the Middle Park JV, 62-34, in the tournament finale. Coach Leo Pesch used his varsity starters sparingly in the win and was able to play 13 players in the game on Saturday.
In the first round of the tournament, Middle Park outscored West Grand in each of the first three quarters and built a 54-32 lead. In the final frame, West Grand enjoyed a 16-8 advantage to decrease that advantage to 62-48 at the end of the game.
Mackenzie Widener of West Grand led all scorers with 20 points. He was able to get to the basket on a variety of forays into the lane. Cory Davis scored nine points for the Mustangs and Marshall Kraker chipped in with seven points. Fletcher Flanagan and Ryan Smith hit the only three-pointers of the night for West Grand.
For Middle Park, Mike Schmidt scored 14 points, Zilinias Sutkus scored 13 and Ian Sutton put 11 points on the board.
Leo Pesch, West Grand head coach, said the Panthers are a versatile and deep team. They also run the floor well and play an aggressive defense that should help them win a number of games this season.
On Saturday, the Mustangs faced Western Slope League rival Meeker. A 15-point first half doomed the Mustangs as Meeker built a 30-15 lead. Coach Pesch’s charges were unable to reduce that advantage in the second half, and the Cowboys from Meeker held on for a 55-37 victory over West Grand.
Widener again led the team in scoring, this time with 11 points. Kraker had 10 points and Davis chipped in with eight. Coach Pesch used 12 players as he tried to find a winning combination for the Mustangs.
Against the Middle ParkJV, nine different players scored for the Mustangs. Kraker was a dominant force as he scored 15 points and led the team in rebounding. Davis had nine points and Widener added eight to the winning tally. Also scoring for West Grand were Sky Handyside and Flanagan with six and Tim Ritschard with five points.
Coach Pesch said his players are working hard and have made strides since the beginning of the season.
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