Rough shooting night dooms ‘Dogs
The Palisade High School boys basketball team had a rough night shooting Thursday during the first day of the Warrior Challenge.
The Bulldogs made only three 3-pointers on more than 20 attempts and were 5 of 18 from the free-throw line in a 70-38 loss to Carbon (Utah) at Central High School.
The Dinos (1-0) made eight 3-pointers in the first half. Chase Morgan led all scorers with 20 points, including five 3-pointers.
“We’re going to be a team that lives by the 3 and dies by the 3 and tonight we died,” Palisade coach Jeremiah Baskin said. “We have to make shots. We were 5 for 18 from the free-throw line and that’s a terrible percentage. We made three 3-pointers out of all that we shot and that’s terrible. I’ve watched our guys, in practice, go 15, 16 or 17 in row. I know they can shoot it, just tonight wasn’t the night for it.”
Max Noland led the Bulldogs (0-1) with 12 points and two 3-pointers, scoring most of his points in the second half. P.D. Riddle and Tanner Hall each had seven points.
Fruita Monument 63, Montezuma-Cortez 40: Gunner Rigsby finished with a game-high 16 points in his debut for the Wildcats (1-0) in an easy win over the Panthers (0-1).
Rigsby moved with family from Parachute over the summer before joining Fruita Monument.
Wildcats coach Billy Dreher said Rigsby played well inside the offense, even though few offensive sets were actually utilized.
“He did great,” Dreher said. “We could’ve ran stuff for him and he could have scored at will, but that’s not going to help us get better. We need to work on running a few different things, but he had a great first game I don’t think he could have done much better. We didn’t run many sets because we didn’t need to, but he did some good things with the basketball.”
Particularly, driving to the rim and dishing to teammates. Daren Davison finished with 11 points and Trey Morrill and Jake Brizzolara had seven apiece.
On the defensive end, Dreher said there are still things the Wildcats need to work on, but the 1-3-1 zone with Morrill at the top and Marcus Lee in the middle created numerous turnovers and disrupted passing lanes.
“Last year, Javen (Gumber) was always in the middle,” Dreher said. “Now, we have new kids in the there and we’re trying to figure some things out. Gunner’s never been in this defense before and we have some younger kids still learning.”
Horizon 60, Grand Junction 56: The Tigers erased an 18-point halftime lead with renewed defensive intensity but fell short during the first game at the Warrior Challenge.
Grand Junction coach Isaac Madison said his team was “soft” in the first half.
“(The Hawks) did whatever they wanted,” Madison said. “For us being a team that’s been a tough, hard-nosed team, I mean, they just did whatever they wanted the whole half and we didn’t have anybody to stop the ball, let alone take a charge or do anything to get us going.
“I thought we responded well in the second half and, just — we’re old but we’re young. We don’t have a lot of experience. We have a lot of guys playing who haven’t sat on a varsity bench, let alone been in a varsity game. Trial by fire tonight and hopefully they can clean themselves up and get ready for tomorrow.”
Trevor Olkowski led the Tigers (0-1) with 20 points and Drew Derriuex finished with 18 points. Both provided offense to match the defensive intensity.
On offense, Madison the Tigers forced too many shots and missed too many free throws to win a close game.
“Can’t spot a team 18 in the first half and expect to win,” Madison said.