Devils sweep Delta to open league play
Vail, CO Colorado
DELTA, Colorado ” With a lead in hand, the Eagle Valley boys basketball team took nothing for granted Friday night in Delta.
“We separated a bit in the fourth quarter and started scoring and finished strong,” said Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel. “It was fun to watch because it was a point of emphasis.”
Thanks to four solid quarter, the Devils opened the regular season by beating the Panthers, 61-48. Scott House led the Devils with 30 points.
“Scott brought it to the house,” Gabriel said. “He had a huge game. “Cesar (Castillo) did great, too.”
Castillo added 13 points, while Zach Ramsey shut down Delta down low as the Devils picked up their second win of the year.
“Zach was an animal inside ” he really defended the paint well and it was hard for them to score because of his size,” Gabriel said. “As a team, we did pretty well defensively. Their whole offense is premised on penetration and we had to try and keep them in front of us.”
House felt the Devils’ lineup, which was nearly at full strength, was a bit more in sync than in previous games.
“It seemed like since we got everyone back, we had our timing down,” House said. “Roberto (Pantoja) wasn’t feeling too good ” it would have been nice to have him.”
“It was good to get a win in our first league game,” House added.
The Eagle Valley girls saw production out of its full lineup in a 44-38 win against Delta.
Senior Jeanette Baker led the Devils with 24 points and tallied eight boards.
“I was so excited we won,” Baker said. “Everybody was doing their individual jobs. We were working on penetration and kicking it out and it was a total team effort.”
Jackie Eberhard had had a game-high 15 boards, and chipped in seven points, while Kacey Bair added six points.
“We played very well defensively,” said Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan. “Jackie did a really good job getting us some rebounds. Emma Kingston had three or four steals and Mikaela Nevins ran the point awesome.”
“I told the girls this is one of the games we had to have opening the league,” Reagan added.
Eagle Valley hosts Palisade today, with the girls tipping off at 4 p.m., followed by the boys.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.