Middle school basketball starts undefeated

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The Craig Middle School basketball seasons got underway Saturday with home openers against Steamboat Springs. The season start yielded an undefeated beginning for all of the teams.

"I'm not sure anybody watching could tell we were running a set offense," said seventh-grade coach Brett Sperl. "But we did a good job defensively."

The seventh-grade B-team led in its game 22-0 at one point. The final score ended up being 36-8. Leading scorers were Kelton Willbanks and Armondo Lopez with eight apiece. Nine players scored in the game for the Bulldogs.

The A-team took its game, 36-8, with Scott Dockstader and Mike Peters leading the way with seven points each. In that game, seven of the players scored points, meaning that 16 out of 20 seventh graders scored a point in their middle school debuts.

"We have four games in two weeks coming up," Sperl said. "That is where they'll learn a lot."

In the eighth-grade games, the B-team won, 34-17, and the A-team put up some big points with a 59-45 win.

In the A-game, Eli Buckner led all scorers with 26 points and Colton Conrad added 12.

"Steamboat had a good team," coach Craig Conrad said. "We did a good job of staying with their top scorer in the second half."

The B-game was full of big-time highlights for the eighth graders. A day after shooting half court shots for fun in practice, Anthony Flores and Ryan Shearer hit long-range bombs at the end of each half. Also in the game Keifer Townsend scored his first points ever in a game.

"We had a good start," Conrad said. "We'll see how we can keep improving."

The teams play in Meeker Saturday.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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