Bulldogs nip Huskies in close game

Palisade survived a determined upset bid by Battle Mountain to triumph 49-46 in a Class 4A Western Slope League boys basketball game Wednesday night.

Zach Marengo, who had a team-high 13 points, hit a basket and a free throw to give the Bulldogs a 45-43 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Marengo scored 10 of his points in the first half.

Battle Mountain (4-9, 0-9 WSL) cut the lead to 46-45 with 51 seconds left, but Tass Crow hit a pair of free throws, then added another in the final five seconds to seal the win.

Jacob Bollinger, who had a key 3-pointer in the fourth, finished with 11 points and hit three 3-pointers in the game.

Palisade coach Brian Tafel said Bollinger’s shooting was game-saving.

“He kept us in the game in the first half,” Tafel said, “and he hit a big one in the fourth quarter to give us a couple-possession lead.”

Battle Mountain, which is winless in league play, led 27-25 lead at the half. Palisade (11-5, 8-2 WSL) took a 39-35 lead at the end of three quarters, but the Huskies (4-11, 0-9) took a 45-43 lead before the Bulldogs regrouped.

It was Palisade’s third game in three days because of the rescheduling of postponed games, but Tafel made no excuses and gave the Huskies their due.

“They really came out and played with a lot of energy,” Tafel said. “They gave us their best shot. They were leading at halftime and had a confidence about them.”

He also praised his team, saying it made defensive stops and enough free throws, despite going 5 for 11, in the final quarter.

Girls Basketball

Eleven players scored for Palisade as the Bulldogs routed Battle Mountain 69-22.

Aspen Guray led Palisade (10-6, 7-3 WSL) with 14 points and Ashlyn Brown added nine.


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