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Centaurus takes charge vs. Huskies

Shauna Farnell

LAFAYETTE – The Battle Mountain boys basketball team knew what it was up against when it met the No. 3-ranked team in Colorado Saturday night. Despite matching Centaurus almost net-for-net in the first half, the Huskies went down in the end, 79-60. “They’re a really solid ball club,” Huskies head coach Phil Tronsrue said of Centaurus. “They break quite a bit, run a five out, motion up. They like to penetrate. We hung with them the first half.”The Huskies, who were the No. 7 seed going into this weekend’s state playoffs, wrapped up the first half Saturday trailing just 39-33. In the second half, however, No. 2-seeded Centaurus turned on its mid-court transitions and squeezed a bit more juice from its top shooters.”They started getting easy transitional baskets,” Tronsrue said. “We turned the ball over a few times. They get up and down the floor. Their top scorers, one averages 22 points every game, the other one does 20. This match was no different. They played hard.”On the Huskies side, seniors Clint Wilson and Rogelio Loya each had one of the better games of their careers. Wilson put 18 points on the board. He had five field goals and went 8-for-11 on the free throw line. Loya put in three 3-pointers and two field goals. “It’s fitting that those guys played their best games,” Tronsrue said. “The last one out was a good one.”As far as rebounds, the Huskies were holding strong for a time. Trent Beckly and Connor Drumm each grabbed 10, Wilson eight and Loya nine.”To be truthful, we played really well the whole first half. Most of the night we played well on the defensive end,” Tronsrue said. “We outscored them in the second quarter. We were locking up on most of their guys. We were rebounding well, offensively. I guess at times, our inexperience showed. We gave them too many transitional baskets.”Nonetheless, the Huskies were shaking it off and looking ahead to next season by the time they left Lafayette Saturday night.”First of all, everyone’s pretty sad the season’s over. But before everyone was done getting dressed, everyone was talking about next year and getting ready for next year,” Tronsrue said. “Let’s see if we can’t get further in the playoffs than this year.” I know it was a loss, but I told the guys, ‘Let’s leave the game tonight. Let’s leave everything on the floor.’ Close to three quarters of the game, we played our best game. I think (Centaurus) was surprised by how we hung with them. The head coach told me that in reality, they were hoping they could open with an easier game. I’m happy with how well we’ve developed. I’m extremely excited about the future.” Vail, Colorado


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