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Kremmling " West Grand boys drop game to league leader

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News
Kremmling, Colorado

The West Grand High School boys basketball team dropped a couple of games this weekend, including a league loss to Western Slope powerhouse Meeker.

In a Friday night contest, the Mustangs traveled to Meeker and lost, 54-25. The Cowboys had 11 players score in the game as they raced to a 30-6 halftime lead. Leading the way for the host Cowboys were Mitch Jacob and Brian Crowe, who each chipped in with 11 points.

The Mustangs bounced back a bit in the third quarter, holding Meeker to 10 points while scoring eight. Sky Handyside led the Mustangs with 11 points, including two three-pointers. Freshman Travis Gore added seven to the cause.

The other points for West Grand were scored by Fletcher Flanigan with three points and Dylan Rohr and Cody Wilson who each tallied two points. Meeker is undefeated in Western Slope League play and has a stranglehold on the top spot.

“They showed the balance that has taken them to the top of the league,” West Grand coach Leo Pesch said. “They look to have the inside track for the league and district titles.”

After the game on Friday, the Mustangs have an overall record of 4-11 and a league record of 1-5.

On Tuesday, the Mustangs traveled to Granby to play country rival Middle Park. The two teams battled for one half, with the score knotted at 16 points apiece late in the second quarter. Unfortunately for the visiting Mustangs, the Panthers were able to shut out West Grand in the third quarter while scoring nine points of their own.

The Mustangs were never able to overcome the 29-16 third quarter disadvantage and Middle Park rolled to the 45-21 victory.

Handyside led the Mustangs in scoring with eight points while Luke Miller added five to the effort. Hitting three-pointers for the visitors from West Grand were Miller, Gore and Ryan Smith.

The Panthers were led in the scoring column by Ross Eaton with 13 points while Jordan Reynolds added 11, including two three-pointers. Zane Bickler and Mike Schmidt each scored seven points while Jared Rojo chipped in with five points.

“They have too many weapons,” coach Pesch said. “We weren’t able to contain them in the second half.”

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