Friday’s preps wrap: Devils hoops and Huskies hockey
LEADVILLE — Eagle Valley boys basketball had a block party to start the season.
The Devils beat Moffat County on Friday night up in Leadville at their season-opening tournament at Lake County.
Dawson Keller swatted nine Bulldogs shots, while Jesus Loera knocked away six more attempts as Eagle Valley rallied from a 30-25 halftime deficit for a 67-49 win.
For those not good at math, Eagle Valley dominated the second half, 42-19.
“We’re glad to have that under our belt,” Devils coach Chris Walls said. “We had a few too many turnovers and had early-season jitters. We made a couple of adjustments pushing the ball a little more, instead of settling for 3s, which we weren’t hitting.”
Loera was the spark plug for the rally finishing with 16 points. Keller added nine points to an equal number of blocks, being the big presence he needs to be in the paint.
Eagle Valley had some good balance in its scoring. Jimmy Murphy finished with 13 points, including a three from downtown. Garrett Martin had 11 and Arturo Loera nine.
Eagle Valley heads back up Highway 24 on Saturday for two more games, facing Lake County and Crested Butte.
Devils girls fall to Pueblo Central
COLORADO SPRINGS — A tough second half sent Eagle Valley girls basketball to a 39-32 loss to Pueblo Central on Friday night at the Mitchell tournament.
The Devils (1-1) finish up down in the Springs with a game against Grand Junction Central on Saturday.
The bright spot in this one was the play of senior Taylor Hermosillo, who finished with 11 points.
“She did a really nice job tonight,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “She got us going early. She really took care of the basketball and had a lot of energy. I’m really proud of her.”
Huskies hockey nabs a point
VAIL — Battle Mountain hockey earned a 5-5 tie with Steamboat Springs on Friday night at Dobson Arena in the opener for both teams.
While a tie is allegedly like kissing your sister, the Huskies lost twice to the Sailors last year, 2-1 and 7-1.
Tanner Caldarola had a hat trick, including the tying goal with 1:59 left in regulation, for the Huskies. Keaton Fedrizzi and Riley Bishop also scored. The Huskies Zach Booth had a playmaker with three assists.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday against Aspen down at the Eagle Ice Rink and Pool at 5 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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