2010-11 Tigers boys basketball schedule
- Dec. 9 to 11 Meeker Tournament:
- Dec. 9: Hayden 69, Mancos 45
- Dec. 10: Grand Valley 41, Hayden 38
- Dec. 11: Hayden 63, Meeker 50
- Dec. 17: Hayden 57, North Park 35
- Jan. 7: Hayden 60, Meeker 50
- Jan. 11: Hayden 80, Vail Christian 70
- Jan. 14: Hayden 67, West Grand 44
- Jan. 15: Hayden 77, North Park 45
- Jan. 21: Hayden 83, DeBeque 36
- Jan. 28: Hayden 59, Soroco 44
- Jan. 29: Hayden 66, Rangely 42
- Feb. 1: Hayden 78, Vail Christian 54
- Feb. 4: Hayden 63, Plateau Valley 52
- Feb. 5: Hayden 77, Paonia 65
- Feb. 8: Hayden 84, Vail Mountain 41
- Feb. 11: Hayden 65, Soroco 46
- Feb. 12: West Grand 53, Hayden 52
- Feb. 15: Little Snake River 60, Hayden 43
- Feb. 18: Hayden 69, Vail Mountain 45
- Feb. 25 and 26: District tournament
Steamboat Springs Hayden High School boys basketball coach Mike Luppes knew the squad from Little Snake River, Wyo., would probably be the best basketball team his team had seen all year.
What he didn’t expect was for his Tigers to play their worst first half of basketball in more than a year.
Hayden managed only 13 first-half points and couldn’t cap a late comeback Tuesday, falling, 60-43, to Wyoming Class 1A’s top-ranked team.
“We played an absolutely God-awful, horrendous first half,” Luppes said.
The Tigers were out of sync and could never get anything going. They trailed the Rattlers 18-8 after one quarter and were down 36-13 at half.
Hayden finally got it going after halftime, improving on offense.
“I told them to man up and start playing like a basketball team,” Luppes said. “We were as tentative as we could possibly be on offense. We just weren’t doing a whole lot of anything.”
Hayden cut the Little Snake River lead to 9 with three minutes left in the game, but several empty Tigers possessions turned it into a free-throw-shooting contest.
“It’s a disappointing loss, especially after that first half,” Luppes said. “But I was really pleased with the effort and the way we played in the second half.”
Graig Medvesk led Hayden with 18 points. Jorge Valdez added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The loss was Hayden’s second in a row and drops the Tigers to 16-3 with one regular-season game remaining.
Hayden next plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Vail Mountain.
Luppes said the past two losses have shown some of Hayden’s weaknesses, which he hopes can be rectified before district playoffs begin.
“Some of these weaknesses we’ve had, good teams have exposed them,” he said. “It’s good. We know we have some things we need to work on.”
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