GYPSUM — Wins after the holiday break are always good.
They may not be works of art, but after two weeks off, the win column is a happy place to be.
And so Eagle Valley basketball christened 2014 with a sweep on both sides of the pass of Summit County on Tuesday night.
The Eagle Valley boys came away with a 42-39 victory at Farmer’s Korner.
“My guys were sick and tired and beat up, but they played tough and gutted out a win,” Devils coach Jim Bair said. “It was a must-win game against a program that’s really developing.”
Bair, whose team is 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the 4A Slope, did not have official stats, but he gave postgame props to big man Travis Edgar and Alan Caraveo. The latter sank two clutch free throws to ice the game.
Meanwhile, in Gypsum, the ladies beat the Tigers, 48-29. The Eagle Valley girls were actually down, 8-4, after the first quarter, showing a little rust before outscoring the Tigers, 21-6, in the second.
“We had a strong second quarter,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “We were playing harder on the defensive end and connecting on the easier shots that weren’t falling before. We were a little more patient and attacked the gaps in the zone. The first quarter, we were pressing a little bit, and that wasn’t the way we wanted to play.”
Mariel Guttierez had 16 points, while Taylor Martin finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Eagle Valley upped its record to 6-3 and 3-1.
Both teams are home for Grand Junction Central today at 5:30 and 7 p.m.
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