Hayden boys basketball open with win

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— The Hayden High School boys basketball team opened its season Thursday in the first round of the Meeker Tournament with an easy 69-45 win against Mancos.

The Tigers ran out to a 21-6 first-quarter lead and led 35-16 at halftime.

“It was a good opening game,” Hayden coach Mike Luppes said. “It was one of those that’s good, and we got a sizable win but were able to look at all the things we need to work on.”

With the large lead, the Tigers were able to play most of their team and get their starters rest in preparation for the remaining two games of the tournament.

Senior Graig Medvesk led the Tigers with 24 points, including four 3-pointers.

Ben Williams added 16 points, Hunter Johnston and Justin Moon each had seven and Mark Doolin had six.

Hayden plays at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals against Grand Valley.

Luppes said Grand Valley would present different challenges, with an up-tempo, guard-oriented attack.

“It’s going to come down to us getting back on defense and us stopping the ball,” said Luppes, noting that the Hayden junior varsity team also beat Mancos. “It’s going to be a real challenging game.”

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