Huskies get revenge against Tigers
FARMER’S KORNER – A vivid memory of last year’s contest was all Battle Mountain needed in Wednesday’s boys basketball game against Summit High School. “When we came in here last year, they were chanting some pretty awful things,” said Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue, whose team snapped a 26-game losing streak with a 61-50 win at SHS on Wednesday. “We remember things like that. We came into their house and never relinquished the lead. We didn’t play great the whole night, but good enough.”The Tigers (0-3) allowed Battle Mountain (1-4) to jump out to an 12-4 lead in the opening minutes of the game and when time ran out in the half, SHS found itself trailing 34-17.
The Tigers’ defense couldn’t contain Huskies center Ashlin Romero. The dynamic senior tallied 14 of his 24 points in the first half – in the paint as well as from behind the 3-point line.”The second quarter has killed us all year,” SHS coach Mark Ruybal said. “I think that’s a combination of things; the kids not being mentally prepared and not taking in the right fuel before games.”SHS came out strong in the second half. The Tigers outscored the Huskies 12-9 in the third quarter and whittled the lead down to seven points in fourth.Joe Felton, who combined for just three points during the first three periods, erupted for 14 in the fourth. It wasn’t enough, however, as Battle Mountain again fed the ball to Romero in the post, scoring seven points in the final minutes of play.
“He’s a good player,” Tronsrue said, “He’s been averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds for us this season. He was big for us tonight. This was a great win for our program, being it’s a rivalry game, but it’s just great to get off the snide.” The Huskies were 0-22 last year.While celebration ensued in Battle Mountain’s locker room after Wednesday’s contest, the Tigers were left to ponder their 0-3 start. It was an especially deflating loss for senior Ryan George. The co-captain admitted he was down after the loss to the rival school, but said he sees a lot of room for improvement for the inexperienced Tigers, who will host Jefferson at 7 p.m. on Friday.
“It’s tough; I really wanted this win,” said George, who scored eight points on the night. “But when you look, we’re still a developing team. Half the kids haven’t played at this level at all. Once we start to get everything together, we’ll be a team to be reckoned with.”Josh Salerno can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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