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Snake bitten

Rattlers end CMS 5-game win streak

John Vandelinder

In a middle school basketball matchup between two undefeated teams, somebody had to leave with a loss.

Unfortunately for Craig Middle School hoops fans, it was the Bulldogs that came out on the short end of the stick at Little Snake River Valley.

The Rattlers (5-0) used a balanced attack, a girls ball and a rowdy home crowd to blow past CMS, 58-35.

“We were two guys down from our original starting lineup from the beginning,” CMS coach Dave Grabowski said of the absence of starters C.J. Chavez and Wyatt Oberwitte. “We adjusted well in certain situations, but in others, not so well.”

Bulldog post player Tyler Hildebrandt went to the bench after picking up three first-quarter fouls, essentially giving the Bulldogs a six-man squad against a pumped up Rattlers team.

LSRV has lost one game the past two years – a one-point defeat at CMS last season.

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The home team didn’t waste any time exacting a bit of revenge, running out to an 8-0 first-quarter lead.

CMS shooting guard Paul Laliberte drained a 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to five.

Trailing, 12-3, the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter, cutting the deficit to two points entering the second frame.

The two-point deficit was as close as the Bulldogs (5-1) would get.

Rattler Grayson Lee caught on fire in the second, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the quarter as LSRV took an 8-point lead into the halftime intermission.

“I just wanted to keep our record perfect,” Lee said. “I felt good coming in. Some of my free throws didn’t fall, but I had a pretty good game.”

CMS had no answer for the balanced attack of the Rattlers in the second half, as the home team’s lead ballooned to 13 points as the teams headed into the final quarter.

The Bulldogs could only muster five, fourth-quarter points, while LSRV sealed the deal, scoring 15 points in the game’s final six minutes.

“We played some really good, solid defense there at the end,” Rattlers coach Brent Lee said. “All around, we played an excellent game. Each one of these kids really went after it tonight.”

Laliberte led the Bulldogs in scoring, tallying 22 points in the loss.

“We learned that we have to rebound better,” Laliberte said. “They got a lot of second-chance points on us tonight. We’ve got to get to the boards better.”

Cousins Grayson and Conner Lee, who each tallied 15 points, led LSRV. Cole Gourlay scored 10 and Garrett Grieve had nine.

The Bulldogs look to rebound today at 4:30 p.m. against visiting South Routt County.

CMS 23 LSRV 13

The Bulldogs’ seventh-grade B team ran past the Rattlers sixth grade team in Thursday’s opening game of a three-game set between CMS and LSRV.

Colter Tegtman scored 10 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Austin Lukes pitched in with six.

Ryan Willie and Tim Packard, who each tallied four points in the loss, led the Rattlers.

CMS 30 LSRV 24

The CMS seventh-grade A team picked up right where the B team left off, jumping out to a seven-point halftime lead and holding on for a 29-24 win.

Taft Cleverly led the Bulldogs with 12 points, while Dalton Kendall and Thorin Jackson contributed six points apiece.

The Rattlers were led by Zack Fillip who scored 10 points, and Cassidy Mikesell, who scored nine.

Game statistics

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

CMS (5-1) 10 11 9 4 35

LSRV (5-0) 12 17 14 15 58

Individual scoring:

(Shots made, Free throws made/Free throws attempted, Total points)


Ahlmer 1 0-0 2, Bocco 0 0-5 0, Stewart 1 1-3 4, Hildebrandt 0 1-2 1, Buckley 2 2-6 6, Laliberte 7 7-8 22, Trevor Goodwin 0 0-0 0.

Totals 11 (2) 11-24 35


Herold 0 0-0 0, Orchard 0 0-0 0, Filip 0 0-0 0, Grieve 4 1-2 9, Ready 0 0-0 0, Quinteros 2 1-4 5, Gourlay 4 2-4 10, G. Lee 7 1-2 15, Mikesell 0 0-0 0, C. Lee 5 5-9 15, Sutherland 2 0-0 4.

Totals 24 (0) 10-21 58.

Three-point baskets:

CMS 2 (Laliberte, Stewart).

LSRV none.