Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge junior Trent Walker pulls down a defensive rebound against the visiting Gunnison Cowboys on Jan. 29. Gunnison won the game 61-53.The Cedaredge boys' basketball team had a rough weekend, losing two 3A WSL contests. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Bruins fell to Gunnison 61-53 and then lost 52-40 to Aspen on Saturday.
The losses drop the Bruins to 5-6 in league play and 7-7 overall. Gunnison is fifth behind Cedaredge in the league race at 5-6 and 5-9. Aspen is sitting in third place with records of 9-2 and 11-3.
Roaring Fork leads the league with its 11-0 and 12-2 records. Moffat County is in second place at 10-1 and 13-1.
Cowboys 61, Bruins 53
The Bruins got off to a great start with a 21-13 first-quarter lead over the visiting Cowboys. Everything was working well for Cedaredge.
Gunnison found its legs and began executing on offense. When the second period had ended, the Cowboys had outscored Cedaredge 19-7 and trailed by only four, 32-28, at the half.
The Bruins battled evenly with Gunnison in the third quarter and were able to shave a couple of points off the Cowboy lead after winning the quarter 12-10.
Gunnison regrouped in the fourth stanza to outscore the Bruins 17-13 for an eight-point win, 61-53.
Reid Gates led all scorers in the game with 24 points for Cedaredge. Teammate Carter Stoudt finished with 12. Gunnison's T. J. Carry and Caleb Wilson each dumped in 22 points.
Skiers 52, Bruins 40
Cedaredge's Trent Walker made up for a low-scoring effort against Gunnison with a pair of deuces and two treys in the first half against the Skiers on Saturday. The Bruins went on to post a 25-22 halftime lead and were playing well, notes Bruins' coach Kevin Dunbar.
"The kids played well for about three quarters. Fifteen turnovers, with six coming in the third quarter alone, is hard to overcome. Aspen stepped up its defensive pressure and we didn't adjust," noted Dunbar.
Somewhere in the third quarter, the wheels started coming off the wagon as Aspen finished the period with a 16-8 advantage to take the lead at 38-35. Fourth-quarter play also went to the Cowboys, 14-7.
Walker was the high scorer for Cedaredge with 12 points while Dillon Smith was next with nine counters.
Tren Lichtenwaller led the Skiers' offense with 14 points.
Cedaredge has a pair of 3A WSL games on tap for this weekend beginning with Basalt (3-6 and 4-8) on Friday. That contest is slated to be played in Basalt and begins at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the Bruins host Coal Ridge (2-9 and 2-12) at 5:30 p.m.