Steamboat Springs Soroco boys basketball coach Sam McLeod has seen his team play a good half of basketball against Rangely. Tonight, the Rams coach wants to see a full game from his squad.
Soroco travels to Rangely for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
"We've already played them once," McLeod said of an earlier loss to Rangely. "There's not going to be any big surprises."
McLeod, whose team lost close games to West Grand and Plateau Valley last week, said he considers Rangely one of the top teams in District 5.
The Soroco coach said Rangely is about as balanced a team as there is in the district. Because it will be tough to take away one particular aspect of Rangely's game without helping out another, McLeod said the key will be to contest shots and make the Panthers work hard on both ends of the court.
"It's having a solid defensive presence," McLeod said. "I'm confident in any game we're heading into right now. I feel very strongly we can play with anyone."
Along with playing strong defense, McLeod said a key to tonight's game will be to take advantage of the opportunities the Panthers give the Rams.
"When they give us those opportunities, we have to score in transition," McLeod said. "Last time, we didn't take advantage of those opportunities. We didn't make those easy looks. We just had mental lapses."
The Soroco girls basketball team plays before the boys at 6 p.m., also in Rangely.