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.
On May 18, officers of the Delta Police Department, with the assistance from the Delta County Sheriff's Office and Montrose County Sheriff's Office, conducted a search warrant at 960 Crawford Avenue, Delta. The warrant was related to drugs, drug use and possession, drug manufacturing and distribution, firearms, cell phones and any other items which may be illegal, stolen or otherwise implicating in criminal activity.