Hot shooting lifts Meeker past Custer County at Brownson

Mitch Jacob of Meeker hits a three.

Meeker used a big first half Saturday against Custer County, taking a 39-21 lead en route to a 69-46 victory in the Class 2A boys Region 5 championship game at Mesa State College.

The victory sends Meeker to the Class 2A state tournament this week in Pueblo, with first-round pairings announced today.

The Cowboys were firing on all cylinders throughout the game, hitting eight 3-pointers, four by Brian Crowe and three by Mitch Jacob.

Meeker coach Klark Kindler said the Cowboys’ shooting has been on-target lately.

“About the last month of the year, we have shot it well,” Kindler said. “Our perimeter game has picked up in the past couple of weeks.”

Crowe led the way, scoring a game-high 23 points, including the four 3s. His biggest shot was a 3-pointer that came with no time left on the clock in the first quarter, giving the momentum completely to the Cowboys.

Dakota Rowlett came off the bench to score 14 points and brought energy on both ends of the floor for Meeker.

The Bobcats were led by Jason Frink (13 points) and Daniel Frink (11), giving Custer County a solid inside game against the smaller Cowboys.

The Bobcats were able to cut the 18-point lead at half to 11 with three minutes left in the third quarter.

The 3-point shooting of Crowe and Jacob pushed the lead back to 18 by the end of third quarter and put the game out of the reach.

Kindler said Meeker will have a different approach heading into the state tournament than it had two years ago.

“We’re going there with a different attitude,” he said. “Two years ago we were kind of happy to be there and these kids want more than to be there.”

Kindler said the goals set at the beginning of the season were met by the district title.

“Every team has a goal and we knew coming into the year that we were going to have a chance (after) what we did last year,” he said. “The kids worked hard and have done what they had been asked, and here is the reward.”

Two other Western Slope League teams lost in their bid to play in the 2A state championships in Pueblo.

Telluride’s first loss of the season was as big one, costing the Miners a trip to the state tournament in a 52-44 loss to Sanford at Adams State College.

Plateau Valley was defeated 65-44 by Ignacio at Durango.



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