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First half momentum key to Eagles' win over Meeker

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Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia senior Colby Simpson almost needs radar to track some of his shots out beyond the arc. Simpson scored 17 points in a 46-38 win over Meeker.

The Paonia Eagles' boys took care of business Friday, defeating visiting Meeker, 46-38.

"It was a tale of two halves," said head coach Chase Roeber.

Paonia came out strong and kept the momentum going throughout first half play, committing few turnovers and scoring 22 points and holding Meeker to six total points, including a single point in the second period.

The second half was very different. Paonia turned the ball over about 10 times early on and struggled to score, allowing the Cowboys to get back in the game. "We were trying to do too much," and making bad decisions, said Roeber.

Meeker, on the other hand, came out strong and held the momentum through to the end, outscoring Paonia, 32-24, for the half.

Had the first half gone Meeker's way, it would have been a very different game, said Roeber.

Colby Simpson and Dagan Rienks each scored 17 points in the win.

Rienks pulled down 13 rebounds, 11 on defense, and had three blocks.

Senior Tristan Mautz scored nine points and was three-for-five from the free throw line, and Alex Lozano added a three-pointer for the winners.

Paonia is now 16-2 overall and 11-0 and in first place in 2A District 5 standings.

The Eagles will complete the regular season schedule against the 8-10, 6-5 Panthers Friday at Rangely.

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