As it turned out, 37-35 was a popular score for boys basketball in Craig on Saturday.
Mimicking what Moffat County High School had done earlier in the day, Craig Middle School decided to wait until the last minute for a win.
Playing Saturday in the middle school championships at CMS, the Bulldogs and Meeker Cowboys were tied at 35-35 with 32 seconds remaining in the game.
The Cowboys had the ball, but a steal by Taft Cleverly gave the Bulldogs possession coming out of the timeout.
Cleverly posted for a jump shot, which ricocheted off the backboard.
Enter Dyland Trevenen.
The forward collected the rebound and sunk a shot with five seconds left to give CMS a 37-35 victory.
“I just threw it up and hoped I would make it,” Trevenen said. “I was excited after it went in. It feels really, really good.”
The eighth-graders were not alone in their victory, however, as the seventh-grade team defeated Meeker’s seventh-graders, 31-13, to claim the top spot in their championship.
In the eighth-grade bracket, the Bulldogs knocked off Rangely, 42-18, to advance to the finals, while Meeker toppled Steamboat Springs Middle School, 44-14, to set up the final round.
In a consolation game, Steamboat Springs defeated Rangely, 42-34, for third place.
The seventh-grade bracket played out a similar way, with the CMS seventh-graders beating Rangely, 30-5, in the first game and Meeker winning against Steamboat Springs.
Meeker and CMS eighth-grade teams came into the tournament with matching 5-1 records with their only loses coming at the hands of each other.
While Craig had the advantage in outside shooting, Meeker had a much larger presence in the paint, making the two teams almost even.
With contributions from Cleverly, Kelly Campbell, Colten Yoast, Thorin Jackson, Jorge Torres, Colter Tegtman and Curtis Dunlap, the Bulldogs breezed to a 25-13 lead at halftime.
But Meeker, with a strong performance from center Kevin Eli, was able to muscle its way back into the game.
“We were getting nervous,” Trevenen said. “Especially towards the end when it was tied.”
With a minute remaining in the game, Dunlap scored two points to tie the game at 35.
After two missed shots and an Eli rebound, Meeker was poised to take the middle school championship.
During the team’s timeout, Trevenen said CMS coach David Grabowski told his players to press the Cowboys’ ball-handler and try to force a turnover.
“And that’s what we did, except we did it (on our end),” Trevenen said. “And we got off the shot.”