Huskies continue to roll |

Huskies continue to roll

Ian Cropp

RIFLE – Coming off an energetic win against Glenwood Springs Friday night, the Battle Mountain boys’ basketball team took one quarter to get things going against Rifle on Saturday.Once the engines were running, though, the Huskies cruised to a 66-54 victory over the Bears.”We were a little flat, and they were playing some zone on us,” Battle Mountain coach Phil Tronsrue said of his team’s first-quarter performance. “We weren’t hitting some perimeter shots, and they hit some 3-pointers on us.”After trailing 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, the Huskies’ offense caught fire in the second quarter, scoring 29 points to take a commanding 40-23 lead into halftime.Battle Mountain’s Connor Drumm and Trent Beckley combined for 24 of the team’s 29 points in the second quarter.”Connor and Trent took off,” Tronsrue said. “Connor hit four 3-pointers in a row. He drilled the bottom of the net with those. And Trent made some big shots down low.”Beckley kept the momentum going in the third quarter, draining six field goals to finish with a game-high 28 points. “We were trying to make screens because they were playing a zone, and we threw a lot of inside stuff to Trent, and he made some easy buckets,” Tronsrue said. “He was banging the boards, too.”Drumm, who went 10-for-12 from the line, scored 24 points.Derek Rush (eight points) was also a deep threat, nailing two 3-pointers.With several Battle Mountain starters on the bench, the Bears made a bit of a run in the final quarter. But the Huskies made some key free throws to maintain a double-digit lead.The Huskies were without the services of T.J. Montoya, who had to get eight stitches in his head after a collision in the game against Glenwood.On Friday, the Huskies host rival Eagle Valley at 7:30 p.m.”Up until this week, we had eight games in 16 days, so we need to recoup a bit,” Tronsrue said.Vail, Colorado

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