Hayden In their first clash as middle school basketball players, the seventh grade teams from Craig and Hayden each picked up a win and a loss.
Playing their third game of the middle school basketball season, CMS seventh graders traveled to Hayden and played two games against the Tigers Saturday morning. Both teams from Craig had good fourth quarters, but only one came away with a win.
First up was the CMS B team, which struggled early on the offensive end and fell behind 5-2 after a quarter. The Bulldogs turned the ball over too often in the first half and then continued that trend in the third quarter.
Hayden guard Daylon Frentress took advantage the most, finishing on several fast breaks throughout the game to give the Tigers a 22-11 lead after three.
“In the first couple (quarters) we really struggled,” said head coach Jason Buhrman. “We got off the bus, and it just took us awhile to get going.”
The fourth quarter was a different story, but it was not enough to turn the game result. The Bulldogs came out with six quick points to close the gap, but Hayden had enough to hold them off. Frentress buried a couple more layups after steals and kept the Tigers ahead for a 26-19 win.
“Our second halves have been strong,” Buhrman said of his team. “Against Meeker, we came back and won, and here we made a game of it.”
In the second game Saturday morning, Craig and Hayden battled for three quarters before the Bulldogs pulled away in the final frame. It was a defensive battle with the teams tied 6-6 after one quarter, and Craig leading just 17-16 when the third ended.
CMS had been using a zone press throughout the game but hadn’t capitalized on many of the turnovers it created.
Finally in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs broke through. Tyler Gonzales made two jumpers in under 10 seconds, igniting a huge run that put Craig ahead for good. The press kept doing its job, and the Bulldogs were finishing on the offensive end.
“We stayed with it (the press) and stuck with our game plan,” Burhmran said. “Again, it took us awhile to get going, but it was a matter of doing our job.”
All in all, Craig outscored Hayden 20-2 in the fourth quarter for a 37-18 win.
“If we run it right, nobody should get past half court on us,” Buhrman said. “We’ve got a lot of athletes out here.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.