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Tigers boys basketball team opens season with win

Tamera Manzanares

The Hayden High School boys basketball team got its season off to a roaring start Friday with a 66-29 win against the Baggs, Wyo., Rattlers in Hayden.

“I think I’m pleased with this first game,” Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner said, adding that he was surprised by how well the team shot throughout the game considering they have had shorter practices.

Senior forward Evan Hilling set the Tigers’ pace with a three-point shot early in the game. Hilling completed five more shots in the first quarter for 14 points, giving the Tigers an 11-point lead.

The team’s momentum continued into the second quarter when it tripled its lead in the first four minutes. Senior forward Levi Sheldon was the leading Tigers scorer in the period with eight points. Junior center Keenan Bruchez followed with six points.

The score was 35-11 when the teams headed to the locker room for halftime.

The Rattlers boosted their defense in the third quarter, slowing the Tigers’ offense slightly. Sheldon, senior point-guard Cam Whiteman, junior Tyson Sweetser, sophomore Bryan Richards and junior Kyle Woodley maintained the Tigers’ comfortable lead by scoring 14 points in the third quarter.

The team didn’t hold back despite a 30-point lead heading into the final quarter of the game. Richards came out in force completing five shots for 10 of the teams’ 17 points in the quarter. Junior Tyson Letlow also helped by completing several free throws.

Overall, Baumgartner said the team had good defense intensity but still needed to work on defense rotations. Despite shooting well, the team also needed to aim for better offense execution, he said.

The Hayden boys face Grand Valley at 2:30 p.m. today in Hayden.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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