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Huskies win, set up showdown

DELTA – Friday night, 7:30 p.m., at the Dog House in Eagle-Vail. Be there.It’s Battle Mountain-Glenwood Springs – The Rematch. Glenwood Springs (7-0 in the Slope) eked out a road win at Steamboat Springs in overtime Saturday, and the Huskies (6-1 and 13-2 overall) followed suit with a tight 54-51 victory at Delta.With Battle Mountain’s only loss during the first swing through the Slope coming at Glenwood in the league opener, Friday night’s game is one of the biggest games in a long time on the hardwood in Eagle-Vail.”I obviously think it’s a battle between us and them for the league title,” Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue said. “There’s no counting out Steamboat because they’re always tough. What’s nice is that (Glenwood) is coming to our house. It’s going to be a huge game”To set up the showdown, the Huskies had a bit of a scare down at Delta. Playing without big man Trent Beckley, sitting out for two technicals in Friday night’s game against Palisade, the Huskies had to rally with 20 points in the fourth quarter for the win.But Battle Mountain did what good teams need to do in adverse conditions. The Huskies had ice in their veins when it came to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, going 9-for-10.Connor Drumm had another big game with 26 points. Kenny Brodin took a clutch charge in crunch time. T.J. Montoya had 10 points, including a 3 that gave the Huskies the lead for good, and was 4-for-4 from the line. Clark Simmons admirably stepped in for Beckley with six points, and Josh Ruark was his big-game self, shooting 3-for-4 from the charity stripe.”It was a little scary at times, but we won,” Tronsrue said. “That’s all that matters.”In the girls’ game, the Huskies put together one of their better performances on the road, losing 50-43. Kelsey Sanders led the team with 15 points, followed by Lauren Prewitt and Kaeli Hosler with 10 each.The ladies face Glenwood Friday night at 6.Huskies hockey winsCOLORADO SPRINGS – Huskies hockey also has a big game Friday night. Battle Mountain is on the road against some school called Kent Denver.Anybody know if these two teams have a history?But first things first. The Huskies are at Bishop Machebeuf Monday for a critical Metro Conference game. The host Buffaloes (6-1 in the Metro) lead the conference followed by Pueblo (5-1) and Battle Mountain (5-1).The Huskies got Metro win No. 5 Saturday by beating Palmer, 3-0, on the road.”We outshot them, 31-14,” Huskies coach Gary Defina said. “We dominated them. We played really well except for a five-minute stretch late in the first period. We had great team defense and good puck support. It was a good all-around win.”Jonny Stevens broke the seal on the game in the second period with helpers from Jason Funk and Kodi Wyatt on the power play. The Huskies struck again on the advantage as goalie Foster Fox and blueliner Coulter Somes fed Derek Byron.Ben Godec iced the game with help from Chris Chase and Byron. Fox got the shutout with 14 saves.Devils drop a pairPALISADE – Palisade swept two from Eagle Valley basketball Saturday night. The Bulldogs won the boys’ game , 75-53, and the girls game, 74-49.Eagle Valley hosts Rifle Friday night. The girls tip at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630, or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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