Bullpups square off with Rangely

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The Craig Middle School basketball teams had an up-and-down day Saturday against the Rangley Panthers.

For the eighth-graders, the Bullpups A team fell to the Panthers, 40-35.

"In the A game we were back and forth the whole game," said eighth-grade coach Norm Yoast. "Like the first time we played them we got in some foul trouble. We played some really good defense. They took six charges and so I was really pleased with the way we played defense."

The B team downed its counterpart, 32-24, and Rangely ran past the C team, 28-18.

"The C team only scored four points in the first half and that really hurt them," said Yoast. "The B team jumped on Rangely early and just maintained their lead."

The seventh-graders dropped all three games to the Panthers.

"Rangely is a good team," said seventh-grade coach Lori Dodge. "In the A game they beat us by 20 points. On defense we did a good job, we just struggled on offense. Rangely will be the team to beat in the district tournament."

For the eighth-graders A team they were paced by Anthony Loughran who poured in 12 points and Aaron Sanchez finished with 11 points.

In the B game Cody Palmer had game-high honors with 11 points and Steven Marlotte chipped in with eight points. In the C game Billy Erickson, Nathan Silva and Daniel Baker had four points each.

"Cody (Palmer) and Ben Frazier both play on A team and they did a really good job in the B game," said Yoast. "Steven (Marlotte) did a really tough job on defense and he ran the press really well."

The Bullpups will next be in action Friday when they host Vernal, Utah, at the middle school gym. Start time for the seventh-graders is 5 p.m. and the eighth-graders will follow.

"Vernal is going to be improved because the first time we played them that was their first game of the season," said Yoast. "It should be a lot of fun. Saturday we go to Meeker for the district tournament."

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