Hayden boys basketball team wins in big league game

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Friday night’s contest between the Hayden High School boys basketball team and fellow Western Slope League front-runners Plateau Valley lived up to its billing.

So did the Tigers, who won a topsy-turvy game, 63-52, to seize control of the league.

They have another big game at 5:30 p.m. today at home against Paonia.

“We were real pleased with our effort,” Hayden coach Mike Luppes said. “Plateau Valley is a good ball club and they gave us everything we wanted.”

Hayden senior Graig Med­vesk scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds to lead his team.

The Tigers trailed early, falling behind, 14-7, after the first quarter. Despite outscoring the Cowboys, 24-8, in the second quarter, the Tigers trailed again, 44-42, early in the fourth.

“When we were successful tonight, we were pushing the ball and either going to the basket off the drive or off screen and rolls,” Luppes said. “We did get stagnant at times. They have a really good defensive team. They play man to man, which we haven’t seen a lot of. Defensively they’re one of the best we see every year.”

Mark Doolin had eight rebounds and scored 14 points, nailing three 3-pointers to help his team overcome Plateau Valley’s talented front line.

Ben Williams, meanwhile, scored 13 points and had seven rebounds.

Hayden, 11-1, was ranked No. 10 in the most recent Denver Post poll.

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