Basalt boys gun down Rangely
The Basalt High School boys basketball team returned from a two-week holiday break Saturday with a 28-point win over league opponent Rangely.
Basalt, 5-3, won 89-61 over Rangely, 2-5, in the non-league contest. The teams meet again for a league game Feb. 2 at Rangely.
“The game was a lot closer than the final score,” said BHS coach Paul Cain. After the first quarter, the Basalt Longhorns led by just three, and Rangely rallied back to take the lead briefly in the third quarter.
“Rangely did a real good job of pushing the ball up the floor,” Cain said.
Basalt’s shooting proved to be the difference. Led by senior forward Danny Martinez with 28 points, the Longhorns shot 63 percent from the field and went 14-for-14 from the foul line. Senior shooting guard Jack Lutzeier netted 16 points, junior point guard Ki Mulcahy and senior center Chris Keran each added 15 points, Brad Unglert had 13 and Thomas Tankersly rounded out the BHS scoring with 2.
Rangely’s Toby Lopez led his team in scoring with 27 points.
“We shot the ball well,” Cain said, “but we were a little rusty on defense and we didn’t take care of the ball real well.
“Rangely made many runs at us but our kids kept their composure, stuck together and had a great fourth quarter,” outscoring Rangely 25-11, Cain said.
Basalt opens its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Olathe. On Saturday, Basalt plays another league contest at Gunnison. The team plays at Meeker Jan. 19 before returning home Jan. 20 to host its first league game against Paonia.
“We’re going to stay in our routine,” Cain said. “We’re going to continue to work on our defense and just try to fine-tune things on offense.”
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