Grand Junction boys use defense to start second half with victory

It can take some time for a basketball team to get the offense going again after a break.

That’s why the Grand Junction High School boys basketball team relied on its defense to begin the new year with a victory.

The Tigers defeated Sand Creek 50-40 on Friday in Colorado Springs.

Tyler Winder paced Grand Junction (6-3) with 15 points. He hit three 3-pointers. Nate Yanez and Casey Burns scored 11 points each.

Grand Junction made 22 of 33 foul shots to secure the victory.

Eagle Valley 53, Palisade 45: Kane Gunther scored 21 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs (4-7, 0-1 WSL). The Devils relied on a balanced attack with 10 players scoring at least one point.

Roaring Fork 52, Olathe 49: The Rams grabbed an early lead and hit free throws down the stretch to win the Western Slope League matchup.

Plateau Valley 73, Rangely 47: The Cowboys raced out to a 23-9 first-quarter lead en route to the win. Eddie Grundy led Plateau Valley with 22 points. Chase Langely had 14 and Dalton Schumann scored 10.

Paonia 100, DeBeque 33: Adrian Penny scored 21 points to lead the Eagles to the century mark. Blaine Escher and Trevor Walters scored 18 points each. Jesse Palmer led the Dragons with 12 points.

Girls Basketball

Megan Reynoso hit three 3-pointers and scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter to spark Fruita Monument to a 54-37 victory over Bloomfield (N.M.) in the Bronco Invitational in Farmington, N.M.

Keila Utu led the Wildcats (5-5) with 14 points.

Fruita Monument plays Kirtland Central or Navajo Payan at 5:30 p.m. today in the tournament.

Palmer Ridge 58, Grand Junction 44: Palmer Ridge forced Grand Junction into several turnovers early in the third quarter to pull away for the victory in the Tigers’ first game since the break. Paula Lage led Grand Junction (5-6) with 16 points.

Eagle Valley 36, Palisade 30: The Devils played tight defense and hit free throws down the stretch to defeat Palisade. Olevia Shafer led the Bulldogs with eight points.

Montrose 50, Douglas County 17: The Indians jumped to a 15-5 lead and cruised to victory in the Douglas County tournament.

Olathe 56, Roaring Fork 11: The Pirates shut out Roaring Fork in the second quarter to roll to a victory in their Western Slope League opener. Morgan Stansberry led Olathe (5-2) with 10 points.

Mesa Swimming & Diving

Four Mesa State men’s swimmers won individual events, but it wasn’t enough.

Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University defeated the Mavericks 147-108 on Friday in Phoenix.

Rob Eisendrath took first place in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. Andy Gibbons won the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.64, Alejandro Hernandez took first in the 200 butterfly (1:56.84) and Kent Stavrakas was first in the 100 butterfly (52.66 seconds).

The Mesa State women took second place in a triangular. Grand Canyon was first with 140 points. Mesa scored 68 and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks took third with 50.

Katie Wedel took first in the 200 breaststroke (2:31.08) and Jackie McMillen was first in the 100 backstroke (1:01.65).

McMillen was second in the 200 backstroke and Wedel finished second in the 1,000 freestyle.


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