Devils dominate ‘Dogs: Ramsey’s big second half keys win for Eagle Valley

Palisade’s Kane Gunther pulls down a rebound Thursday in the Bulldogs’ 66-51 loss to Eagle Valley.

At 6-foot, 5-inches, Zeth Ramsey still has a few inches on most high school basketball players.

On Thursday night, the junior guard for Eagle Valley found himself using that height to his advantage, swatting balls, grabbing rebounds and controlling the paint as the Devils beat Palisade 66-51.

“We know if we can make the game more of an inside game then we have a better chance (of winning,)” Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel said.

Although he started slowly, Ramsey found his rhythm in the second half, finishing the game with 24 points — 17 in the second half.

In the first half, however, Ramsey played second fiddle to junior guard Jesse Gish, who hit two straight 3-pointers to give his team a five-point lead over Palisade in the second quarter.

“We just had a good night,” Gabriel said. “Our kids shot it really well and I think it was hard for Palisade to guard us because we shot it so well ... it was a real joy for us to shoot it well.”

Eagle Valley took a five-point lead into halftime and expanded at the start of the third quarter, going on a 10-0 run.

Palisade, which has lost five of it’s past six games, struggled with streaky shooting.

Although Jeremy Hayden found his shot early, hitting two 3-pointers, he struggled late in the first half.

It wasn’t until the final quarter of the game that he caught fire, scoring 10 points to finish with 18.

“I think we’re too mechanical offensively right now,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “Sometimes we think too much, we need to just go play. We know what we’re supposed to be doing and guy have got to go play.”

Hayden led the Bulldogs with 18 points and Cody Bond finished with 15. Caleb Hall also had nine.

Ramsey’s 24 led Eagle Valley and Gish added 10.


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