Rams squeak past Saints

Spaeth has 27 points in overtime win against Vail Christian


The Soroco High School boys basketball team defeated Vail Christian on Friday but lost to Coal Ridge on Saturday.

The Rams got 28 points from junior Bryan Spaeth in a 68-67 overtime win against the Saints. Teammate Jesus Garcia scored 19, and Steven Meade had 14 points.

"We played a very good game on Friday against a much bigger team," Rams coach Sam McLeod said. "I knew they had a good inside post presence, but I wasn't prepared for four kids over 6-foot-5."

McLeod used his oversized guards -- such as 6-foot-1 Kyle Hendrickson -- to guard the Saints' taller players and help double-team players in the post.

"We were prepared to play a team that was extremely inside-oriented, so it didn't really affect our game planning," McLeod said.

The game was close throughout the first half. Soroco built a 12-point lead in the third quarter before Vail Christian rallied to take a 2-point lead.

"We traded baskets until the end of the game," McLeod said. "At the end of regulation, Jesus hit a 2-point bucket to tie the game."

At one point, the Rams trailed by 5 points in overtime, but Garcia and Spaeth helped bring Soroco back.

"We shot extremely well from the free-throw line and perimeter, and Bryan Spaeth penetrated very effectively," McLeod said.

The Coal Ridge game was another story.

Soroco led that game, 16-12, at the end of the first quarter, but the Titans went on a 19-9 run in the second quarter, eventually winning the game, 64-51.

Soroco (2-3 overall) travels to North Park for a 7 p.m. game Friday in Walden. The junior varsity team plays at 4 p.m. It is the final game for the Rams before the holiday break.

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


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