Hayden boys hoops beats Rangely, 66-42

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— Saturday’s game at Rangely was the second in an eight-day stretch where the Hayden High School boys basketball team is scheduled to play five times. Squaring off against some of their top rivals for this season’s Western Slope League championship, it’s a stretch that will decide whether the Tigers are truly in control of the league.

So far, so good.

After routing Soroco on Friday night to start the streak, Hayden thrashed Rangely, 66-42, blowing the game open after the Panthers had managed to keep it within four points in the first quarter.

“It was close, then everything went just the way we wanted it to,” Hayden coach Mike Luppes said.

Ahead, 15-11, after the first quarter, Hayden outscored Rangely by 16 in the second and then increased the lead by nine more in the third, ensuring that the bench would be emptied as the clock wound down.

Senior guard Graig Med­vesk led the team with 17 points as four Tigers scored in double figures. Ben Williams had 16, and Jorge Valdez and Mark Doolin each had 11.

Valdez had 14 rebounds, Williams and Doolin each grabbing eight.

“Offensively, we moved the ball well, shot the ball well and had zero turnovers in the third quarter,” Luppes said. “We have five games in eight days, and we’re pretty happy with our start so far.”

Hayden, 10-1, plays at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Vail Christian, which it beat, 80-70, earlier this month.

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