Rams squeak past Saints

Spaeth has 27 points in overtime win against Vail Christian

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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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