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 It’s not that the Hayden High School boys basketball team can’t lose in league play. Heading into their most dangerous weekend of the regular season, the Tigers were very much aware it was a possibility.
Still, few in the crowd in Hayden on Friday night expected the roller coaster they saw. Hayden, undefeated in the Western Slope, fell behind 20-4 in the first quarter but managed to claw its way back and emerge on top, defeating Rangely, 49-42.
“We didn’t hit shots. We didn’t have good shot selection. We came out flat. We weren’t hustling on defense. We were going to the boards,” Tigers coach Mike Luppes said, summing up his team’s atrocious first quarter.
“Then in the second quarter, it got better,” he continued. “It’s one of those games that leaves you sick, but hopefully you learned something.”
Hayden trailed by 10 at half and one heading into the fourth quarter.
Jorge Valdez scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, and Paul Laliberte had 13 points and four assists. Luppes said the turnaround took far more than a few big stat lines, however. He pointed to a burst of energy from Dan Engle in the second quarter and a strong all-around game from Aaron Cramer, who finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
“You hate to play a first quarter like that, but when you can get away with it and still get a win, when the kids have to suck it up and bring the intensity, it’s a good one to a walk away from and hope that you learned something,” he said. “When we’re down in a game later in the year, hopefully we’ll remember we can come back from it.”
Hayden may not have the luxury of such a slow start Saturday when it travels to Meeker. The Cowboys, 10-3 and the Tigers, 11-2, may well be playing for the Western Slope title.
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