Plateau Valley boys roll to victory over young De Beque squad

DE BEQUE — Plateau Valley High School’s boys basketball team got to spread the scoring wealth around Thursday night.

Cade Castro and Chase Langley each scored a game-high 17 points for the Cowboys, who got scoring from all but one player and solidified their No. 5 ranking in the Denver Post’s most recent Class 1A poll with an 81-24 win against a young De Beque team in a nonleague game between two Class 2A/1A Western Slope League squads.

“We know that if we’re going to make it deep into the postseason, all 10 kids are going to have to contribute on any given night,” Plateau Valley coach John Holmes said. “Everybody not only played hard, but played well tonight.”

All but one player for the Cowboys had scored by the halfway point of the second quarter for Plateau Valley (7-1), which scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked back. Teddy Grundy added 14 points and Adam Evarts chipped in eight for the Cowboys, who led 46-8 at halftime.

David Aiuto scored 10 points and Jesse Palmer added nine for the Dragons (0-9). De Beque, which has four freshmen on its roster, couldn’t match Plateau Valley’s size advantage to the tune of a 59-25 rebounding deficit.

The Dragons saw a big improvement at the beginning of the third quarter compared to the first half. They hit four of their first six shots — 6 for 12 in the quarter — and forced five turnovers to keep the quarter competitive. Aiuto hit three of his five field goals in the quarter.

A putback from Langely with 2 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the third, however, gave the Cowboys a 58-16 cushion.

“They came out in the third quarter with some intensity, and that shows me that they’re improving and that they care,” De Beque coach Rod Graham said. “They’re not going to quit. We’re hurt in rebounding because of our lack of size. We’re pleased with our performance as improvement. The scores just don’t show it.”

Plateau Valley plays a league game tonight when it hosts Soroco.


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