Bulldogs come up four points short

After battling back from an early deficit, the winless Palisade High School boys basketball team battled back Saturday night against Glenwood Springs but couldn’t pull out the victory, falling 54-50 at Palisade.

The Bulldogs trailed by one point after the first quarter, but sloppy offense led to a 27-20 halftime deficit.

Glenwood Springs guard Kevin Screen matched the Bulldogs’ output of seven points in the second quarter. Palisade junior Jeremy Hayden, who finished the game with a team-high 19 points, was held to only two points in the quarter.

The Bulldogs quickly put the quarter behind them and came out hot in the second half.

After drilling a 3 on one possession, Hayden finished a breakaway on the next Bulldogs’ possession, and followed that with another 3.

He scored on three straight possessions, got the crowd roaring and cut the lead to one.

“He’s a scorer,” Bulldogs coach Steve Phillips said. “He can shoot the basketball and guys know to look for him.”

Several minutes later, senior Rylie Josey scored on consecutive possessions, cleaning up his own missed layup on the first and then scoring and drawing a foul off a pick and roll on the second. The Bulldogs finished the third quarter trailing 39-37.

The Bulldogs took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the game when Hayden knocked down his third 3-pointer of the night with six minutes left in the game for a 43-41 lead.

After the momentum swung toward the Bulldogs, they were revisited by the same problems that plagued their second quarter and the game quickly swung back to the Demons.

Back-to-back steals turned into Glenwood Springs baskets and the Demons were back in front.

“We’ve got some areas to improve at the offensive end, like take care of possessions,” Phillips said.

“It’s a tie game, and we take the lead, and we turn the thing over eight times in a row. You can’t do that. You’ve gotta get something out of it.”

With a three-point lead and three minutes left in the game, the Demons came out of its timeout with a designed plan not to shoot.

Glenwood passed the ball back and forth between three players outside the 3-point line for two minutes until calling a timeout. The Demons ran the clock down to one minute with the technique to seal the win.

“We’re trying to stay in the defense that we’re in, not give up an easy basket and hope that maybe they miss (a pass),” Phillips said of the Demons’ stalling tactic. “Then we can get the ball and go down and score. It’s a chess match at the end.”

With one minute left, the Bulldogs were forced to foul. Russell Collins went to the line and converted one of two to give the Demons a four-point lead. Glenwood had trouble from the line, going 6 for 12 in the final quarter, but held off the Bulldogs.

Jake Edmiston scored 11 points and Josey added 10 for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs travel to Steamboat Springs and Moffat County on this weekend and try to end their 10-game losing streak.


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