Huskies dump Summit, snap skid
FARMER’S KORNER, Colorado ” There’s a new school rule at Battle Mountain, starting with today’s opening bell. No one may mention Huskies boys basketball’s 26-game losing streak any more.
It’s over and done after Battle Mountain bounced Summit County, 61-50, Wednesday night over the pass.
“It just feels great,” said senior Ashlin Romero, who had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. “We played as a team. That’s what really matters. We hustled, played good defense and did a lot of good things.”
“The whole team is working together,” point guard Victor Rios said. “We all have good chemistry. We worked hard over the summer, during practice and so far this season, and it’s good that it paid off.”
The Huskies moved their record to 1-3 in 2007-08, or as senior Kyle Woolley said in the locker room, “We’re 1-0 against 4A teams.”
It was the team’s first win since Feb. 25, 2006, when Battle Mountain beat Montrose, 55-43, in the second round of the state playoffs.
“I think it was hard. These guys have some heart and they saw the way things were going,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “They pretty much vowed to take steps to make sure that this wasn’t going to happen again. They want to get back to where Battle Mountain basketball was two to three years ago.”
The Huskies did a number on Summit. They led 18-6 after the first quarter and 34-17 at the half.
“I think they felt it in the first half,” Tronsrue said. “To be truthful, we should have been up by 30. We got a few layups and chippies early and knew we were the better team.”
That the coach is again saying chippies, Tronsrue-ese for easy buckets, is always a good sign. Robert Weiss had 11 points and doled out five dimes. Woolley put in six points and had a team-high 11 rebounds. Jeremy Windham added eight points.
The perimeter heated up again with a 6-for-12 performance from behind the arc.
“I’ll take that every night,” Tronsrue joked.
With the 3-pointers, Battle Mountain was able to find seams in Summit’s defense for layups to seal the game.
While the win is hugely important for the team, the confidence factor is bigger. The Huskies have the monkey of their collective backs going into next weekend’s preseason tournament in Pagosa Springs, not mention the league slate, starting in January.
“It’s great motivation,” Rios said. “We’re going to use this to our advantage. We’re not going to get cocky. We’re going to use it as motivation.”
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