Huskies boys basketball wins at the buzzer
PAGOSA SPRINGS – The excitement in Battle Mountain sports wasn’t just limited to the ice.Derek Rush hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer lifting Huskies boys basketball to a 67-66 win over Aztec, N.M., Friday night in the opener of the Pagosa Springs Tournament.”We called a timeout with about eight seconds to go,” coach Philip Tronsrue said. “We set up a play where we put Derek weak side and had a double screen on top of the key. Trent Beckley hit him. Derek Pump faked and his defender went up. He then went up and it went in at the buzzer.”And, there was much rejoicing as the Huskies spilled onto the court.Philip Tronsrue’s crew fell behind, 8-0, at the outset, but rallied to lead at the end of the first, 21-20. After leading, 39-35, at the half, the Huskies had a mental lapse allowing Aztec to take the lead. But the Huskies responded with 11 points from Kyle Leffler, 13 from Connor Drumm, 11 from Beckley and nine from Rush, whose points all came in the form of 3s in the final period.All in all, Battle Mountain was 7-for-9 from downtown and 14-for-19 from the line.”I’m pleased,” Tronsrue said. “We came back when we were down. We executed and started the season with a win.”The Huskies play Pagosa Springs, No. 1 in 3A, today at 1:30 p.m., followed by Gunnison at 5:15 p.m.Soroco 57, Vail Christian 46OAK CREEK – Class 1A Vail Christian boys basketball dropped a 57-46 decision Friday night at 2A Soroco.The Rams led most of the way, while the Saints struggled a bit without the services of Josh Sibley and Caleb Pearson, who are both injured.”They slowly pulled away,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We played them even in the fourth quarter. The guys played hard. Soroco led by six or seven points most of the night and we just couldn’t get over the hump. With our injuries, it was a good effort against a 2A school.”Jamie Graef led the Saints (1-3) with 17 points. Jonathan Armstead and Jaryd Francis each had 12. Vail Christian is at Battle Mountain’s junior varsity Thursday at 6:30 p.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or email@example.com.
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