Middle school teams end regular season undefeated
With the A-team for the eighth-grade Craig Middle School boys basketball team picking up a win against Rangely that head coach Brett Sperl called a “sleeper,” 38-14, the B- and C-teams provided the entertainment.
“The B-game was one that the players will always remember,” Sperl said. “I would almost say it was one for the ages.”
Despite a technical foul from incorrect bookkeeping and a CMS player scoring in the Rangely basket, the B-team was able to rally. After being down by six points with four minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs came back to tie it in the final seconds.
Going into overtime, the score was 24 all, but the Bulldogs pulled away, 33-26, with Kaleb McKey scoring four of his team-high eight in the overtime.
“Kaleb really played well, but all 12 guys contributed for us,” Sperl said.
In the C-game, Flint Dillon led the way for the Bulldogs with seven points as they won, 26-18.
While the A-team game may not have been too exciting to watch, it was the 19th straight win for that team.
Andrew Magas led the team in scoring with 13 and Evan Hertzog controlled the offense that faced a zone designed to spread out and slow down the Bulldogs.
In the seventh-grade games, the A-team knew what it was up against as several of the same Rangely players that had been in the C- and B-games were on the A-team as well.
“The same guys had helped beat the B- and C-teams, so I wanted to make sure we came out aggressive and didn’t let the same thing happen,” coach Dustin Ence said.
The seventh-grade Bulldogs did what their coach had asked, winning by the margin of 60-20.
“The win was lopsided but I felt that the starters needed to play to prepare for the district tournament next weekend,” Ence said. “It had been a while since they had played because of Thanksgiving break so I kept them out there.”
Eli Buckner wasn’t rusty from the break as he scored 37 points. Josh Satterwhite added 12 points from the other block.
The win completed an undefeated regular season for the Bulldogs and set them up for a No. 1 seed in the district tournament in Rangely Saturday.
Both teams will be playing to retain the travelling champion trophies that they currently have in their possession.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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