Hayden boys basketball falls to Grand Valley

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— The Hayden High School boys basketball protected the ball better in the first three games of this season than it has in a long time.

Coach Mike Luppes said part of that low turnover number has been because of a lack of aggressiveness, and it’s that trait, not the care with the ball, that dominated Hayden’s stay in Meeker’s three-game Cowboy Shootout.

The Tigers lost for the second time Saturday, falling 52-35 to Grand Valley to finish fourth and fall to 1-2 on the season.

“We’re playing decent, we’re just missing that intensity, that extra zip,” Luppes said.

Jorge Valdez logged a double-double in the game, scoring 11 and grabbing 10 rebounds. Mark Doolin scored eight and had seven rebounds, and Hunter Johnston scored seven and had seven rebounds.

“We’ve known it was going to take a little time to put things together,” Luppes said. “We have a lot of kids playing who haven’t played much varsity before. We need to find that little extra bit of hustle, of aggressiveness. That’s what’s missing.”

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