Cedaredge's boys' basketball team started the week in Gunnison with a 46-33 loss on Tuesday (Dec. 11) and played in Olathe on Friday where they scored a 47-38 decision against the Pirates. The split in 3A WSL play leaves the Bruins with a league mark of 1-1 and a 2-1 overall record.
GHS 46, Bruins 33
An early-week trip to Gunnison was not favorable to Cedaredge. The Cowboys took an early lead by outscoring Cedaredge 12-6 in the first period. An 11-7 run by the Bruins in the second quarter left them short by a 19-17 score at halftime.
Gunnison didn't exactly run away with the game in the second half but did manage to outscore the Bruins 27-16 on their way to the 46-33 WSL win.
Junior Reid Gates got back into the lineup for Kevin Dunbar's Bruins after missing the first game while he recovered from an injury sustained in Cedaredge's state championship football game. Gates made up for lost time by tossing in 11 points to pace the Bruins' offense. Kyle Ward finished with seven points and James Le Donne had six.
Bruins 47, Olathe 38
Cedaredge had a good start in Olathe as it rolled to an opening-quarter lead of 17-8.
The two teams played evenly through the second period with Olathe managing to shave one point off the Bruins' lead with a 12-11 run. After halftime, Cedaredge had the edge ever so slightly offensively and gained a 12-8 advantage in the third frame to take a 40-28 lead.
Olathe (1-1 and 2-2) shaved three points off the Bruins' lead in the fourth quarter as defense ruled in a 10-7 edge for the Pirates.
Cedaredge hosted Aspen on Tuesday (Dec. 18) and will face Delta in the late game (7:30 p.m.) this Friday in the opening round of the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament. The first game, in the boys division, is set for 4:30 p.m. between Hotchkiss and Paonia.
Winners play for the championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. while the loser plays in the consolation championship set for 4:30 p.m.