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Huskies head to Sterling seeking first win

BOULDER, Colorado ” Battle Mountain boys basketball spent the Thursday evening at the Coors Event Center in Boulder watching Colorado take on Colorado State.

Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue took CU in the match-up of intra-state rivals.

“A buffalo’s a bigger animal than a ram, ” he joked.

The coach also may have a little bias in him, given that Huskies alum Trent Beckley is a redshirt junior with the Buffs.

The Huskies were stopping in Boulder Thursday night on their way to the Northeastern Junior College Tournament in Sterling. The tourney starts today at the Huskies face Platte Valley today at 4 p.m.

Battle Mountain will be trying to overcome an 0-2 start at last weekend’s Buena Vista Tournament. The Huskies fell to the host Demons, 68-47, and Pagosa Springs, 51-34.

The Huskies hung with the Demons for the first half with 14 points and 10 rebounds from Mitch Cooley and eight points and five assists from Robert Weiss. Against Pagosa, though, Battle Mountain got most of its point from big men Cooley (16) and Scott McClure (eight).

As will be a theme for the season, the Huskies need to get more production from the perimeter so that they don’t face a zone in the paint all year. Along those lines, the Huskies spent a lot of time shooting this week in practice.

“We spent the last two days shooting a lot from the perimeter, lots of shooting drills,” Tronsrue said. “We talked after both games, to be honest, that we were taking good shots. They just weren’t going in the hole. Hopefully, we’ll get some to drop.”

After the Northeastern Junior College Tournament ends, the Huskies continue nonconference play with a game at Coal Ridge and the home opener against Grand Junction Dec. 20. The latter contest is a new addition to the schedule, as the Huskies had only 18 games on their slate and the Tigers also had an open date.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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