MEEKER - Vail Christian boys basketball won ugly Friday night, and that just made for a thing of beauty.
The Saints ground out a 46-42 win at Meeker for their first win in school history over the Cowboys. It was also a road win, which in the 2A Slope, is no mean feat. And Vail Christian, better known for running and running, played superb defense, holding Meeker to just six points in the fourth quarter.
"Big-time defensive effort," Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. "I was very pleased with the defense. It was a slugfest, instead of a running game. Just beautiful."
Kevin Boselli topped the Saints (10-4 overall and 5-2 in the Slope) with 14 points. Robby Bowles finished with 12, while Nigel Johnsen had eight. Luke Berger provided a spark off the bench with five.
Austin Ellsworth only had three points, but he sank a huge free throw late to make it a two-possession game.
Next up for the Saints is Rangely at the Wheeler Athletic Center in Edwards at 2:30 p.m., preceded at 1 p.m. by the girls. This should be another big test for the Saints boys as the visiting Panthers enter with a 6-1 league mark.
In the lidlifter, the Vail Christian girls basketball team fell to Meeker.
Huskies hockey nips Dakota Ridge
VAIL - Ryan Monica scored with 4:14 left in regulation, lifting Battle Mountain hockey to a 4-3 win over Dakota Ridge Friday night at Dobson Arena.
The Huskies had built a 3-0 lead after one period on goals from Monica, Clayton Davis and Ben Hymes before Dakota Ridge stormed back.
Grant Johnson got the win for Huskies between the pipes. He stopped 25 of 28 shots.
With the win, the Huskies (6-8-3) slipped into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Foothills Conference. Battle Mountain hosts Regis tonight at 6.