The Delta Panther boys played well in the 20th annual Delta County First Colorado National Bank Classic Basketball Tournament. A win on Friday (54-43) against Hotchkiss set up a championship game with Cedaredge on Saturday.
Delta won that game with a 59-48 score to make it four straight titles in the tournament. The Panthers' Jorge Olivas was selected as the tournament's MVP.
With the two wins, Delta upped its overall record to 3-4 for the season. A win in Gypsum on Thursday (Dec. 19) gives the Panthers a 1-0 mark in 4A WSL play.
Delta 45, EV 30
Delta's road trip to Gypsum on Thursday was touch-and-go in the beginning as the Panthers struggled offensively in the opening period and trailed 8-4 heading into the second frame.
Delta scored 10 points in the second quarter but still trailed, 20-14, at halftime. A pair of 3-point goals by Keaton Reiher helped keep the Panthers close.
Coach Von Mitchell had his team ready to go in the third quarter, and it responded with a 17-2 run to take a 31-22 after three periods of play. Ryan Whiteside, Kenny Wood and Cade Gafford all had five points in the quarter.
A 14-8 run for Delta in the final period sealed the 45-30 come-from-behind win for the Panthers.
Delta had two players with nine points (Reiher and Gafford) and one with eight points (Whiteside). Travis Edgar had 10 points for Eagle Valley to lead all scorers in the game.
Delta 54, Hotchkiss 43
Delta opened its tournament play with Hotchkiss. Both teams were focused in the first quarter, with the Panthers earning a 17-16 edge after eight minutes of action.
Whiteside and Olivas paced Delta with five and four points respectively. Chris Allen had four to lead Hotchkiss, with Clayton Oxford, Andrew Tiedeman, Wes Hardin and Jaden Simpson each hitting a 3-point shot for the Bulldogs.
Delta, behind Olivas' eight points, outscored Hotchkiss 11-7 in the second frame for a halftime lead of 28-23.
The Bulldogs' Cesar Gonzales sparked a 15-11 run for Hotchkiss in the third quarter leaving Delta on top 40-38 as the two teams headed to the final period.
Reiher was busy shooting free throws in the second half (six coming in the fourth period) as he was seven of eight for the game and a total of 10 points. His six points from the charity stripe fueled a 14-5 run in the last quarter.
Olivas finished with 18 points to lead all scorers in the game, with Reiher and Eian Baier adding 10 points each and Whiteside adding another 11.
Allen's 12 points paced Hotchkiss scorers, with Gonzales being next high with 10.
Delta 59, Bruins 48
Only five points separated the Panthers and Bruins after one period of play. Whiteside's five points led Delta scorers in the period helping the Panthers to a 13-8 advantage. Reiher's five counters in the second stanza kept Delta in front with a 13-11 run and a 26-19 halftime lead.
Delta elevated its game in second-half play with an 18-point effort behind Reiher's nine points.
Whiteside contributed seven to Delta's run. Trent Walker and Chance Hanson scored four points each for the Bruins in the same time span.
In an evenly played fourth quarter, Reiher went seven of eight from the free throw line and had a field goal for nine of the Panther's 15 points. Baier had the other six counters for Delta.
Hanson's eight-point explosion paced the Bruins in their 16-point run in the period.
Reiher had a season-high 25 points for the Panthers, with Whiteside contributing 14 and Baier 11 points. Hanson's 16 points topped Cedaredge shooters, with Walker adding another 12.
A conversation with Delta boys' coach Von Mitchell following the championship game reflected improvements the Panthers have made this season. "I thought Cedaredge was a pretty good team. They played hard. We had them by 13 in the second half but let them back into the game. I was so proud of our guys. They played hard. I thought Jorge was awesome in this tournament. Tomorrow morning little kids are gonna wake up and want to wear that number 20 jersey and be Jorge."
In previous interviews with Mitchell, he has referred to his team as being just days old. When asked how old his team was following the tournament, he responded after a slight hesitation, "We're two weeks old now. Now we're old enough to know better and we know what to expect."
Other Boys Results
Bruins 54, Eagles 40
In the tournament's opening round boys game, Cedaredge and Paonia played evenly through the first half with Hotchkiss carrying a 23-22 lead to the locker rooms at halftime. Corey Reynolds and Tylor Beach had eight points each for the Bruins at halftime while Jason Sturgis' six points was high for Paonia.
A strong push by the Bruins to start second-half play produced a 15-5 run for Cedaredge in the third quarter. Chance Hanson sparked the push with six points in the period.
Hanson was six of eight in the fourth quarter to lead another surge and a 17-12 edge for the Bruins. Josiah Spano's eight counters in the period weren't enough to get Paonia back into contention.
Cedaredge was led by Beach's 13 points. Hanson and Reynolds finished with 12 points each and Trent Walker gave Cedaredge four players in double digits with 11 points. Spano's 10 topped Paonia shooters.
Bulldogs 54, Eagles 52
Paonia was the aggressor in first-period action and played its way to a 10-3 lead.
Hotchkiss' offense, with a bit of help from the defense, got rolling in the second quarter with a 22-8 spurt. Chris Allen netted eight of his 11 points in the period. Paonia's Ben Linnell scored seven of the eight Paonia points.
There was no advantage to either team in the third quarter as each scored 15 points to keep the Bulldogs on top, 40-33.
Taylor Walters led Paonia with seven points in the period and Clayton Oxford had six for the Bulldogs.
Paonia made one last run at the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter. Josiah Spano made eight points and Linnell another six to lead the Eagles on a 19-14 run making the final score 54-52.
Linnell was the game's leading scorer with 17 points. Spano finished with 12 points and Eric Carney had 10.
Oxford was Hotchkiss' leading scorer with 15, with Andrew Tiedeman chipping in 12. Teammates River Panish and Allen contributed 11 points each to the victory.blog comments powered by Disqus