Saints right the ship at Soroco |

Saints right the ship at Soroco

Theo Stroomer/Vail DailyElliot Ristow and the Vail Crhistian boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday by winning at Soroco, 67-50.

OAK CREEK, Colorado ” The 59.15 miles between Oak Creek and Edwards went swiftly Tuesday night for the Vail Christian boys basketball team.

“All drives are short after wins,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said.

All is well again on the Good Ship Lollipop after the Saints dropped Soroco, 67-50, in nonconference play. The win snapped a three-game skid for Vail Christian (8-5).

Jaryd Francis had no fouls in the first half and two meaningless whistles in the second on the way to pouring in 30 points. A.J. Burgess had 12, Chase Gruber 10 and Larry Cavanaugh had four to provide balance.

“Jaryd definitely played smart,” Kuhns said after calling his senior star out after a loss to Crested Butte Saturday. “We played as a team and got back to executing our offense and defense.”

“I think it was more than needed,” Burgess said. “We needed to get back on pace.”

Vail Christian did start slowly, though, trailing the Rams, 10-7, after the first quarter. The Saints promptly scored a combined 48 points in the next two stanzas, and their losing streak was history.

“Consistency is the word,” Kuhns said. “We need to be a more consistent. Tonight, we did a better job of weathering the other team’s storm. We fought through it defensively. Although we didn’t score a lot of points, the game was still in hand.”

Next up for Vail Christian is a road trip to DeBeque. For the Saints, 0-2 in the 1A Mountain League, a win against the Dragons is key to working their way back into the District 1 race.

“Every win helps build confidence,” Burgess said. “I don’t think this win is any bigger than any other. We need to get a nice streak going.”

Soroco too much for Saints

When you’re struggling, it’s always the little things that give you hope.

The Vail Christian girls basketball team fell to Soroco, 47-22, Tuesday night, but a good fourth quarter had the Saints thinking of brighter days.

“Basically this game, they responded to adversity in the fourth quarter,” Saints coach Patrick Beaudine said. “We began to produce on our zone and man-to-man offenses, and that should give us some momentum, going into DeBeque.”

The Saints head to face the Dragons Saturday and hope to make some history. The Vail Christian ladies have never beaten DeBeque, but lost to the Dragons by just four points last month at the Plateau Valley Tournament.

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