Delta outlasts Battle Mountain in overtime in Edwards
EDWARDS, Colorado – Someone might want to check on the Battle Mountain gym this morning. The Huskies and Delta’s boys basketball team could still be running up and down the court.
The Panthers outlasted Battle Mountain, 93-83, in overtime Friday night. In 36 minutes, the Panthers and Huskies managed to put up more points than in at least two NBA games – Philadelphia 92, Dallas 81, and Memphis 86, Oklahoma City 84.
While there was no questioning the entertainment value, it was Battle Mountain’s third straight loss in the 4A Slope, dropping the Huskies to 1-4 in the league. And what’s been difficult about this stretch is that three (Steamboat Springs, Rifle and Delta on Friday) of Battle Mountain’s league losses came after the Huskies led at the half.
“I’d say three of the games we’ve lost have been heartbreakers,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “We’ve had the lead, and then we give it away. We preach the first three minutes of the quarter, and those were the minutes that killed us.”
The entire third quarter was pretty tough on Battle Mountain. The Panthers outscored the Huskies, 26-13, in that stanza. That not only erased a 41-32 Huskies lead at the half, but Delta’s hot 3-point shooting opened up the paint for the rest of the game.
The Huskies trailed, 70-63, with 3:02 left in regulation when Parke Robbins got Battle Mountain going with a lay-in. The Huskies stole the inbounds pass, and Miguel Copas trimmed the Delta lead to 70-67.
After a Delta bucket, Parker Lathrop struck from downtown to pull to within two at 72-70. A layup from Robert Weiss with 51 seconds remaining again narrowed the Panthers’ lead to 76-74. Edward Banegas made a key defensive stop. Lathrop followed with a missed shot, but Robbins got the rebound and put it back in to send the game into overtime.
Delta, in the double bonus since late in the third quarter, started overtime with an 11-0 run, and that pretty much ended it. Despite the score, Padilla felt his team played better defensively, citing one key stat.
“We worked on defense all week long – weak-side help,” the coach said. “I thought that helped. I thought we did well on the defensive end. We lost the game on boxing out. We gave up six offensive rebounds off their free throws. That turned into 10 points, and that’s the game.”
Weiss led the Huskies with 14 points, while Banegas and Copas each had 13. Robbins came off the bench and had 11 points.
Huskies girls fall
It’s been a long road and the worm hasn’t turned yet for Battle Mountain girls basketball, but the Huskies could take some positives away from their 57-34 loss to Delta Friday night.
Kenia Olivas had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Adriana Morken put up 11 points to go with eight rebounds.
“They’re both in double figures. That’s what we need from them every night,” Battle Mountain coach Andrew Schmid said. “We need to get it done on defense, minimize turnovers. I thought we played well.”
Gabby Munguia ended up with six points and four blocks.
Both Battle Mountain teams head to Palisade today.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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