Battle Mountain topples Lutheran, 61-42 |

Battle Mountain topples Lutheran, 61-42

Ian Cropp

DENVER – The Huskies put out the Lights Tuesday.After a slow first half, the Battle Mountain boys basketball dropped 38 points on Denver Lutheran in the second half en route to a 61-42 victory.”There were three things we talked about at halftime,” said Battle Mountain coach Phil Tronsrue. “We needed to quit whining about the calls and just play our game, we needed to make shots and we needed to step up on defense and control the perimeter.”The Huskies did just as Tronsrue instructed.”Once we settled ourselves down, we really took control,” Tronsrue said.Leading the way for the Huskies was Connor Drum with 29 points. Drum had five two-point field goals, five baskets from beyond the arc and went 4-for-5 from the line.Trent Beckley added 17 points while racking up 15 rebounds.”I was just crashing the boards,” Beckley said. “I wasn’t getting it done offensively, so I had to figure out some way to get it done on defense and on the boards.”In the first half, the Huskies had trouble making shots and defending down low. “We weren’t finishing on inside shots. Also, there was some pushing and shoving and we were complaining,” Tronsrue said.After the break, Battle Mountain played a more physically tough game that was spearheaded by Beckley.”He was a monster in the second half on the boards,” Tronsrue said of Beckley. “He knows he needs to play hard and tough inside.”Rounding out the scoring for the Huskies were Josh Ruark with seven points and Derek Rush with three.Battle Mountain burned Lutheran with three point shots, going 8-for-13.MomentumGoing into the holiday break, the Huskies boast a 6-1 record and a five game winning streak.”The team has been playing so well together,” Beckley said. “We want to bring the momentum into when we start league play.”Tronsrue is just as pleased with how the team has played thus far.”We set some goals for before break and we’ve accomplished them,” Tronsrue said. “We wanted to win the Wolf Creek Classic, take care of our home game against Aspen and go into Christmas break with a win streak.”The Huskies’ next game is Jan. 6 in Glenwood Springs at 7:30 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or, Colorado

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