GYPSUM - It wasn't a work of art, but it rarely is after a long holiday break.
The Eagle Valley boys' basketball team started 2013 with a 66-55 win Tuesday night over the Summit Tigers in Gypsum.
"I think half of our guys are still on Christmas break," said Eagle Valley coach Jim Bair somewhat jokingly. "We played poorly. We had some good moments, but we had more minutes that were poor than good."
The Devils (8-2 overall and 4-1 in the 4A Slope) got good looks at the basket in the first half, but couldn't convert. Summit (1-8, 1-4) was plagued by turnovers, including some key traveling calls.
"I thought we played well at times," Tigers' coach Philip Tronsrue said. "We had a few lapses in the ball game. We let (the Devils) push out a bit, but we (closed it to be) down three at a few points. If we shot terribly, I'd say it was the break. I don't know. We were right there."
After the Tigers' Markeith McDonald capped the first quarter with a slam dunk, closing the Devils' lead to 9-7, Eagle Valley finally clicked into gear with a 16-2 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter.
Travis Edgar started the run with a 3-point play. Sam Lounsberry knocked down two freebies to make it 14-7. Summit's Garrett Tousey had a bucket, but the Devils started running.
With Eagle Valley leading, 28-17, at the half, Summit still made it game.
Summit's Coy Coker and Eagle Valley's Lounsberry traded 3s (two each) to start the third quarter. The Tigers' Thomas DeBonville sank two from the charity stripe, followed by a put-back from McDonald. DeBonville was good for two more from the free-throw line and then got a bucket to help Summit close to 36-33 with 3:27 left in the third. Eagle Valley replied with two points from Thomas Mills and a pair of buckets from Ayren Hart. The Devils ended the third with another 3-point play from Edgar to push their lead to 48-36.
Midway through the fourth, Summit closed again to within three points at 52-49. Eagle Valley's Juan Baca had a key steal, stripping Coker of the ball and getting to Hart for a nice bucket.
Lounsberry topped the Devils with 22, while McDonald had 18 for the Tigers. The Tigers play at Rifle Friday and Eagle Valley is off until Jan. 18 when the team plays at Steamboat Springs.
Eagle Valley girls' basketball topped the Lady Tigers, 57-30, Tuesday night at Farmer's Korner.
The Tigers kept up in the first quarter, which ended 8-7 in favor of Eagle Valley. Then the Devils took the game away, scoring 18 points to Summit's 8 in the second (21 points scored to 6 in the third) before Summit stepped up its defense to keep Eagle Valley to 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Tigers scored 9.
Summit is now 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the league, with the season's only win coming against South Park in early December.
- Janice Kurbjun contributed to this report.