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Kremmling " West Grand boys drop pair of league tilts

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News
Kremmling, Colorado

The West Grand High School boys basketball team faced two of the top teams in the Western Slope league and came up on the short end of the scoreboard in both games.

The Soroco Rams brought their attack to Kremmling last Friday night and defeated West Grand 49-30.

In another home game on Saturday, the Plateau Valley Cowboys defeated the Mustangs, 59-23.

“We faced two powerful teams this weekend,” coach Leo Pesch said. “Both teams shoot the ball well, they run and they have front lines that are physical.”

The Mustangs hung with the Rams on Friday night, and the contest was tied midway through the first quarter at 10 points. Sky Handyside and Ryan Smith both nailed three-point shots and Luke Miller added a two-pointer to keep the Mustangs in the game early.

However, the Rams scored the last eight points of the quarter and advanced to an 18-10 lead.

In the second period, West Grand was held to a field goal by Fletcher Flanigan and a Travis Gore free throw. Soroco scored 14 points and effectively salted the game away.

The Mustangs put up a valiant effort in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points and holding Soroco to 12 points. Flanigan dropped in five points in the frame, while Gore nailed a three-pointer and Handyside scored a two-point shot.

“We battled hard. I couldn’t ask for more effort and hustle,” Pesch noted.

Handyside, Flanigan and Gore led the Mustangs in scoring with seven points each. Smith dropped in five points, while Miller and Matt Johnson each added two to the total.

Plateau Valley

The buzzsaw known as the Plateau Valley Cowboy basketball team simply had too many scoring weapons.

In addition, the Cowboys held West Grand to a total of 11 points through three quarters of play.

Flanigan was again the leading scorer, this time with eight points. Johnson, Gore and Tim Ritschard each scored four points, Smith notched a two-pointer and Miller added one point.

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