Huskies show some zip in Montrose loss |

Huskies show some zip in Montrose loss

EDWARDS – Battle Mountain boys basketball likely played better in a 77-59 loss to Montrose Tuesday night in Edwards than it did in a win against Summit County a week ago.

Strange how this stuff works.

“All we need was effort, which these kids gave me tonight,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “It was chemistry. It was just going out there and playing. We were lacking that and that’s coming together. We’re going to get there.”

Battle Mountain (5-9) is doing its best with a makeshift roster. Big-man Jimmy O’Rourke is still out, as is Chris Duran, who is scheduled to return Friday. Eric Gurule did not dress for Tuesday’s game.

And that’s putting some young kids on the spot, yet the Huskies responded pretty well against a Montrose team that’s 12-2.

There is, however, only so much of an answer when you meet up with the Indians’ Nathan Hawley. All the senior did was pour in 41 points. (High school basketball is just 32 minutes, people.)

“There’s not much you can do with a guy who’s 6-5 and can shoot the ball like that,” Padilla said.

The Huskies did make and adjustment with forward Jake Engle, and that paid dividends.

“We moved Jake Engle out of the block and put him in the short corner,” Padilla said. “He came out had a great game.”

Engle had 15 points as did point-guard Joe LyBarger. And in a preview of coming attractions, Jonathan Vargas (13 points) and Alex Banegas (10 points) made big contributions Tuesday night. Freshman John Rulan got the call up from JV. Padilla said he’s going to play the youngster in spots in build up his confidence.

Battle Mountain returns to league play at Glewnood Springs. It’s hard to get a bead on the Demons this season. They were 7-6 overall and 1-3 in league going into their game Tuesday at Fruita Monument.

“If we come out like we did tonight, we’ve got a shot,” Padilla said.

Devils girls fall to Bears

RIFLE- It’s a basketball game.

You know, a game, implying fun.

The Eagle Valley girls basketball team fell to Rifle, 52-31, but it was an improvement over the team’s loss against Steamboat last weekend.

“Honestly, in the Steamboat game I thought we forgot that the game is meant to be fun,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “It’s fun when it’s played as a team, and I think we improved a lot tonight. We need to avoid getting caught up in our record and focus on improvement as a team. We’re starting to work hard together.”

Eagle Valley returns home for Glenwood Springs at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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