Soroco boys roll by West Grand

Joel Reichenberger
Soroco's Ben Kelley puts up a shot Saturday against West Grand. Kelley came off the bench to score 15 points and help lead the Rams to a win.
Joel Reichenberger

— If there’s been a better week of Soroco High School basketball, it was a long, long time ago.

On Saturday, the girls team won its third big game in a row and took a big step toward locking up a league title with that thrilling win.

The boys team managed a fitting finale, capping an incredible week of their own by beating West Grand, 59-53.

The win moves the Rams into second place in the division, tied with West Grand, the team they beat Saturday, and just behind Vail Christian, the team they beat Friday.

“This was huge,” coach Shawn Hayes said. “This shows how far the boys have come, the buy-in we’ve had and all the changes we’ve tried to make as far as being more physical and better conditioned. It’s all a credit to the boys and how far they’ve come as a team.”

Soroco lost playing at West Grand, 53-46, earlier in January.

Freshman Ben Kelley came off the bench to help Soroco in a game that was tight throughout.

He scored a team-high 15 points, nine of them in the fourth quarter as the Rams caught, passed and pulled away from the Mustangs.

Soroco went ahead in the third quarter, 37-36, and went on to score nine of the next 11 points, a run that built a lead they wouldn’t surrender.

He scored back-to-back buckets to put his team up 10 midway through the fourth quarter.

“He’s been great off the bench,” Veilleux said. “He’s really earning his time out there.”

Warren Hayes had a big night, as well, scoring 14. He was held to two points in the first half, then poured in 10 in the third quarter, including a key 3-pointer off a turnover that helped swing the game.

Carl Rossi had nine for Soroco and Eric Logan had eight.

The win was Soroco’s third in a row and improves the team to 10-5 and and 5-2 in the league.

“We’re finally pulling it together at the right time,” Veilleux said. “We’re starting to play really good team ball.”

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