IDAHO SPRINGS -Battle Mountain boys basketball coach Tom Padilla knows that his team hasn't faced a nonconference slate full of world-beaters, and he's not apologizing for it.
The Huskies made it 5-0 on the young season with a win against Middle Park, 55-49, Friday Night in the opening round of a tournament at Clear Creek.
"We haven't played anybody this year," Padilla said. "It's a confidence-builder for us. I'm doing something different this year. We have nine guys who can play and we're giving everyone playing time. This is going to help us in the long run."
Joe LyBarger led the way with 17 points, while Alex Banegas had nine. The Huskies face Clear Creek in the championship game today.
The Huskies girls basketball team made some strides in a 30-28 loss to Middle Park Friday night.
Logan Nash and Elizabeth Olivas each had 10 points for Battle Mountain (1-3).
"That was the best we've played in the last three games, but we still should have pulled it out," coach Vinny Cisneros said. "The girls are getting better at being more aggressive. At this level, you have push back when you get pushed."
Skiers top Devils
GLENWOOD SPRINGS - Eagle Valley boys basketball fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday with a 66-58 loss to Aspen at its annual stop at the Glenwood Springs tournament.
"Aspen is a very good basketball club," said Devils coach Jim Bair, whose team fell to 2-1. "They're well-coached and they played well. We had trouble finding the bucket. We got the looks, but we couldn't capitalize."
Eagle Valley plays Faith Christian at 10:30 a.m. today, followed by the host Demons at 4:30 p.m. The Devils girls basketball team will also be in attendance.
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