Fourth quarter sinks Soroco boys |

Fourth quarter sinks Soroco boys

Schuyler Carlson tries to pull down a rebound Friday against Rangely. The Rams led in the second half, but couldn't hang on for the victory playing at home.
Joel Reichenberger

— It was an up, down, then up, and finally, down performance Friday night for the Soroco High School boys basketball.

The Rams took a nice lead midway through the second half but couldn’t hold on when Rangely turned up the pressure. The shooting got cold, and the turnovers mounted as the Panthers rallied for a 56-52 win in Oak Creek.

The loss was Soroco’s second of the season and came against a team it had beat 51-40 just two weeks ago. Still, the result didn’t leave coach Shawn Hayes contemplating any major questions about his team.

Instead, he said Friday’s breakdown was one of small mistakes not big ones.

Those turnovers added up. The shooting was inconsistent. The effort came and went.

Add to that a depleted scoring punch with senior Eric Logan on the mend from a football injury, and when there was an opportunity to put Rangely away, with the Rams up 44-36 in the third quarter, Soroco simply couldn’t pull it off.

“As a team, we let up, we relaxed. As we got a lead, we took a breath,” Hayes said. “Against an aggressive team that never quits coming, you can’t do that.”

Soroco took a three-point lead into half then expanded it. The Rams got a particularly strong game from senior Warren Hayes, who led his team with 18 points. He was a major factor in building that third-quarter lead, scoring seven points in the quarter.

Chase Beaty also had all five of his points in that quarter and Ben Kelley four of his six points. That trio only combined for two points in the fourth, however.

Rangely did a better job keeping its momentum. The Panthers got 19 points each from Kaulan Brady and Brennan Noyes, who were at their best in the fourth. Brady had nine there and Noyes six.

“We didn’t handle the pressure well,” Shawn Hayes said. “It was an accumulation of frustration. We didn’t handle that mentally very well.”

That still didn’t sour Hayes on his team. The Rams, 4-2, play again Saturday on the road at South Park, 0-5.

Hayes is hoping his team can bounce back.

“I liked our resilience tonight and our hard work,” he said. “Whether we’re making mistake or not, they’re continuing to work hard. We’ve got a good group coming up and even though we’re making a lot of mistakes, we’re making a lot of strides.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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