Sunday, February 11, 2007
Oak Creek There's no way to fault the effort of the Soroco boys basketball team.
With only six players active and playing against the class of the 2A Western Slope League, Soroco battled back and forth with Meeker before falling, 73-55, on Saturday.
"They're very deep," Soroco coach Sam McLeod said about Meeker. "They don't lose much whey they sub, and we only played with six guys. I think they wore us out a little bit."
In the first quarter, the Rams kept within striking distance, trailing 16-8 by the end of the first period. But in the second quarter, the Cowboys used the inside game of Marcus Kindall and the outside game of Chantry Ross to open up a sizeable lead.
Meeker scored 10 of the first 14 points of the quarter to take a 26-12 lead. With 3 minutes, 12 seconds left in the quarter and the Cowboys on the brink of running away with the game, the Rams showed their resiliency.
Trailing 39-21, Soroco scored seven points in a minute to pull within 11.
Then, in the third quarter, the depth of Meeker began to wear down Soroco. Led by Kendall's seven points in the quarter, the Cowboys distanced themselves, taking a 58-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
Soroco played with renewed passion in the final frame, even looking like the team might put together a late run.
In the first three minutes of the final quarter, the Rams went on a 9-4 run to close within 14 points at 62-48.
Unfortunately, the Rams would get no closer, as the Cowboys continued to pound the ball inside and hit shots from the outside.
"They don't miss much from the inside or the outside," McLeod said. "When you face teams like that, you kind of have to try to defend one or the other."
Despite facing a box-and-1 defense for a portion of the night, senior Bryan Spaeth led the Rams with 17 points. Steven Meade and
Cody Miles each added 13 points.
"It was tough to get the ball," Spaeth said of the Meeker defense. "It was pretty annoying:we played hard, but it's tough to lose all the time."
With the loss, the Rams will need a victory Saturday against Paonia to advance to the district tournament.
McLeod said with the effort he got Saturday, he feels like Soroco can play with Paonia.
"I was proud of the effort," he said. "They played hard from the start to the finish."