2012-13 Tigers boys basketball schedule
- Nov. 29: Hayden 65, Soroco 45
- Dec. 6: Hayden 72, Green River, Wyo., 57 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 7: Hayden 66, Montrose 64 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 8: D’Evelyn 76, Hayden 47 for second at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 14: Hayden 62, Encampment, Wyo., 47
- Dec. 15: Little Snake River 56, Hayden 54
- Jan. 11: Hayden 85, West Grand 47
- Jan. 12: Hayden 68, Vail Mountain 29
- Jan. 18: Hayden 58, Hotchkiss 44
- Jan. 19: Hayden 67, Paonia 66
- Jan. 25: Hayden 62, Vail Christian 51
- Jan. 26: Hayden 75, Vail Mountain 40
- Feb. 1: Hayden 49, Rangely 42
- Feb. 2: Haydne 62, Meeker 58
- Feb. 8: Hayden 71, West Grand 52
- Feb. 9: Hayden 61, North Park 35
- Feb. 15: Hayden 74, Plateau Valley 47
- Feb. 16: Hayden 66, De Beque 21
- Feb. 22: Hayden 82, Soroco 44
- March 1: District tournament: Hayden 60, Paonia 47
- March 2: District tournament: Hayden 54, Meeker 51
- March 8: Regional tournament: Hayden 53, Sangre de Criston 41
- March 9: Regional tournament: Yuma 50, Hayden 33
Steamboat Springs Hayden High School boys basketball Mike Luppes observed before boarding the bus to play Little Snake River High School in Baggs, Wyo. that his Tigers never had won in Baggs under his tenure.
The Tigers have made that trip with some pretty talented teams, and they did so again this year. That hasn’t made a difference, and to Hayden’s great frustration, it didn’t make a difference again this year.
Hayden fell in a thriller Saturday in Baggs, 56-54, the game hinging on a charge or block call in the lane with three seconds remaining. Luppes said senior Aaron Cramer was set. The referees said otherwise, and Little Snake River completed an old-fashioned 3-point play to take the lead.
“That was the difference maker, but it shouldn’t have been. It should have never been a call that made a difference in the game,” Luppes said, citing his team’s lackluster first-half performance.
Hayden led 18-12 after one quarter but, saddled with foul trouble in the second quarter, tailed by six at half and eight after three quarters.
The Tigers outrebounded the Rattlers and ended up with fewer turnovers. Little Snake River hit eight 3-point shots, however, and got that crucial twist of fortune when it mattered the most.
Paul Laliberte finished with 13 points to lead Hayden. Jorge Valdez had 12, Mark Doolin and Isaac Bridges nine each while Aaron Cramer had six and Dan Engle two.
“We did everything better than them tonight except shoot the ball. That was the difference,” Luppes said.
Hayden enters the holiday break 4-2.
To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com