Central routs Fruita Monument

Josh Wells of Central puts up a shot.

The Central boys basketball team has the ability to score a lot of points in a short amount of time.

The Warriors showed that Friday night during their 67-38 victory over Fruita Monument (4-8, 0-1 Southwestern League) at Central High School.

The first spurt came early — a 13-0 run to start the game. Other point explosions came late, as Central (10-2, 1-0 SWL) had an 18-9 run in the third quarter and outscored the Wildcats
16-6 in the fourth quarter.

“This win gave us some confidence,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “After last weekend, it was nice how our guys responded so well.”

Although Central’s end result was impressive, the Warriors nearly let the Wildcats command the lead in the second quarter. Fruita Monument battled back from its early deficit to cut Central’s lead to 18-15 early in the second quarter, however just when it looked like the
Wildcats had enough momentum to make a push, Fruita’s Brett Nankervis was called for a technical foul. Central’s Clay Kame hit both free throws to put the Warriors ahead 21-15 and Fruita was never able to recover.

“It was a good swing for us,” Cain said. “But I was more worried about things we could control.”

Another reason Fruita was unable to get back into the game was Central’s defensive switch.

The Warriors went to a man-to-man look and held the Wildcats to only 17 points in the second half.

“Once we went man-to-man, our guys started to get into the passing lanes,” Cain said. “We played good team defense.”

Central’s team offense wasn’t too bad either, as every player who suited up for Friday’s game scored. Michael Wiedrich led the way for the Warriors with a game-high 16 points, which was fueled by five 3-pointers. Clay Kame and Kahler Grandbouche both finished with nine points as Sean Citlau added eight.

“It is important for us to start off 1-0 in league, but we realize we have a lot more work to do,” Cain said.

The Wildcats struggled to find offense most of the night as leading scorer Alex Mende was held to six points, all of which came in the first half. The Wildcats were led by freshman Drew Bridges, who scored eight points.

After the game, Wildcats coach Dave Fox was obviously disappointed with the team’s efforts and only had three words to describe the game.

“Out-played, out-hustled, out-coached,” Fox said.

Central hosts Delta on Tuesday and Fruita is off until next Friday, when it travels to Durango.


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