Tigers pull out 51-34 win against North Park | SteamboatToday.com

Tigers pull out 51-34 win against North Park

Melinda Mawdsley

The Hayden and North Park boys basketball teams played evenly through three quarters until the Tigers looked down low to pull out a 51-34 win.

“We finally got the ball inside to Keenan (Bruchez),” Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner said. “We started to pull away in the fourth, and we hit our free throws.”

Bruchez scored a team-high 14 points in the Saturday win, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

The win moved Hayden to 6-1 through its early season schedule. The Tigers’ only loss came in a close game against Meeker.

“We are sitting where we need to be,” Baumgartner said. “We played well for the preseason, and we have to make sure we take the next step and improve and play better.”

In addition to Bruchez’s 14 points, senior Levi Sheldon chipped in with 12, and senior Chris Frentress added 11. Senior Evan Hilling had five assists.

Hayden’s next game is at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 against West Grand in Kremmling. It will be the Tigers’ league opener, as they aim to win the Western Slope League’s basketball title just months after earning the league’s football crown.

The delay in starting the basketball season, caused by the successful football campaign, forced Baumgartner into reworking his practice schedule.

This week, while the athletes are on break from school, Baumgartner has gone back to basics for his team during practices.

“We haven’t even gone up and down the floor,” he said. “We’ve done lots of shooting and fundamentals. A lot of times, we would have done this stuff the first two weeks, but we didn’t get a chance, so we’re focusing on that right now.”

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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