It will be Montrose
EAGLE-VAIL – For those expecting Round 3 between Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs, don’t hold your breath.No. 7 Montrose knocked off the 10th-seeded Sailors, 55-49, Friday night in Eagle-Vail in Round 1 of the 4A state playoffs. The Indians face Battle Mountain, the No. 2 seed in the Bill Weimar Region, today at 2 p.m. at The Dog House.”It’s exciting, especially to beat a team like Steamboat who’s so well-coached and has such a good team,” Montrose coach Dwight Rawlings said.The Indians trailed, 22-20, at the half, but made some adjustments at the break.
“At halftime, we talked about how we’ve got to be the aggressor,” Rawlings said. “We’ve got to attack. We’ve got to take the ball to the basket. We’ve got to get our fast break going. I think that was a big turning point.”Whereas the Indians’ Tyler Rawlings was an outside threat with three treys in the first half, he cut to the basket in the final 16 minutes, creating havoc, and finishing with a game-high 26 points. Montrose’s Cleveland Jones added 12 of his own as the Indians advanced.Steamboat led by as much as eight in the third quarter, but when the Sailors’ Mitch Bryden picked up his fourth foul with 2:04 left in the stanza, momentum seemed to change.Montrose whittled away at the lead and finally tied it at 49 on a Rawlings free throw with 1:52 left in the game. Rawlings scored the Indians’ final six points to ice it.
Huskies vs. IndiansBattle Mountain coach Philip Tronsrue and the Huskies, who had a bye through Round 1, watched the proceedings in the north stands. Though Battle Mountain has the height advantage today, teams that beat Steamboat generally command the Huskies’ respect.After Friday night, Battle Mountain will certainly have its collective eye on Rawlings and Cleveland.”(Rawlings)’s one of their go-to guys, and Cleveland Jones is another one of their go-to guys,” Tronsrue said. “Rawlings is tough kid. In the first half, he stepped out and made three 3s. In the second half, they worked him down inside. … He’s a strong kid. I don’t know if he plays football or not, but he’s strong down inside.” “We have to go out and do the things that we do and try to do them well,” Dwight Rawlings said. “Battle Mountain’s got a good team. They’ve got the height advantage on us. We’re going to have to play well. We’re going to have to play good defense. We’re going to have to box out. We’re going to have to get on the boards, the fundamentals of basketball.”
In the nightcap at Battle Mountain, Montezuma-Cortez beat Summit, 66-43. The Panthers advance to face Evergreen today at 12:30 p.m., followed by Battle Mountain-Montrose.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado