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Huskies beat Denver East

LAKEWOOD — That was a good bus ride for the Huskies.

Battle Mountain boys basketball got a win out of the Davis Classic in Lakewood, drubbing Denver West, 66-42, on Saturday.

"We came out with great intensity," Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue said. "Our defense was all over the floor. We very aggressive on the ball, playing help (-side defense), grabbing rebounds and controlling the defensive end of the floor."

And according to Basketball 101, good defense leads to good stuff in transition, which is why Dr. Phil had been emphasizing it coming out of last weekend's Vail Christian Tip-Off Tournament.

Ho-hum, Devin Huffman had 18 points and 13 rebounds. This is a good takeaway from the weekend for the Huskies (3-2). The junior had three good games against Front Range teams.

Battle Mountain also got Creek Kamby going to the tune of 14 points. The ideal scenario for Huskies fans is to have Huffman and Kamby inside and Gentry (11 points and three dimes) and company outside.

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The Huskies return home on Tuesday to host 5A Pine Creek.

Sailors beat Devils boys

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Let the chess match begin.

Steamboat Springs edged Eagle Valley boys basketball, 53-45, during Saturday's third-place game at the Steamboat Springs Shootout.

A reminder to all — this is not a league game, but it sets up some intriguing moves and counter-moves when the two teams meet again.

Steamboat jumped out to an 18-5 first quarter lead. That's never good against the Sailors because trying to come back against that team is like running in quicksand.

The Devils did make it closer and got the Sailors' Ethan Riniker in foul trouble. The biggest issue, though, was that Steamboat found away to take Eagle Valley's guards out of the game.

The net result was that Jesus Loera had a huge game with 24 points inside. The questions for the Devils (5-2) are how do they get their perimeter game back against Steamboat Springs and how do the Devils keep a fast tempo against Steamboat? Eagle Valley had only 52 possessions against the Sailors, who generally like to slow the game to the pace of paint drying.

The answers to these questions and more will come on Jan. 31 in Gypsum. In the meantime, the Devils are at Grand Junction on Tuesday.

Devils girls finish second in Shootout

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bummer of an ender, but it was a good weekend for Eagle Valley girls basketball at the Steamboat Springs Shootout.

The Devils (5-2) lost in the tournament's championship game in overtime to Montrose, 41-38. However, Eagle Valley got to the title game by beating Moffat County, 43-29.

That was great win on several levels. Moffat made the 3A state tournament last year, so it's a quality win. It also could prove helpful with regard to the omnipresent rating-percentage index. The Bulldogs went 17-3 during last year's regular season and are off to a 4-1 start this month.

The Devils are at Grand Junction on Tuesday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.