Vail Christian falls in OT at Rangely |

Vail Christian falls in OT at Rangely

Daily file photoWill Parker and the Vail Christian boys basketball team put together one of their best efforts of the season, but fell at Rangely, 54-51, in overtime Friday night.

RANGELY, Colorado ” The Vail Christian boys basketball team played a great game at Rangely Friday night. The Saints simply came up short.

Vail Christian never trailed in regulation as a Panthers’ 25-footer at the buzzer sent the game to overtime, when Rangely pulled out a 54-51 win.

“We played our hearts out,” Vail Christian coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “The ball just bounced their way at the end of the game. We put ourselves in a position to win and we came up short. I’m really proud of the guys. They played much better this time around.”

The Saints lost to Rangely, 62-44, Tuesday in Edwards in a make-up of a game scheduled back in December.

In Round 2, the Saints had well-rounded scoring. A.J. Burgess led the team with 10 points. Will Parker, Chris Schmidt and Kieran Hurtt all had nine while Larry Cavanaugh contributed eight. In another bright spot, Elliot Ristow played his first minutes of the season after breaking his leg during football season.

With the loss, Vail, Christian fell to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in the 2A Slope. Nonetheless, the Saints have been surprisingly competitive in their first year in their new league.

“This is what we want to do in this league ” put ourselves in a position to win games,” Kuhns said. “This is a tough league and we’re in the meat of our schedule. We still have to learn a couple of lessons late in the game. In those situations, we have to make our own luck to get the ball to bounce our way. We’re going to learn what we have to do to make that step.”

In the girls’ game, Rangely beat Vail Christian, 48-28.

The Saints return home today for nonconference games against the Union Colony Preparatory School. The girls start at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 5:30 p.m.

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

Support Local Journalism