Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Nic Paxton runs into trouble in the lane Friday against Meeker.
2012-13 Rams boys basketball schedule
- Nov. 29: Hayden 65, Soroco 45
- Dec 6: Moffat County 81, Soroco 44 at Meeker Cowboy Shootout
- Dec 7: Crested Butte 47, Soroco 28 at Meeker Cowboy Shootout
- Dec 8: Little Snake River 79, Soroco 31 at Meeker Cowboy Shootout
- Dec. 11: Soroco 63, North Park 51
- Jan. 11: Soroco 80, Vail Mountain 35
- Jan. 12: Soroco 68, West Grand 65
- Jan. 15: Soroco 72, Denver Eagles 26
- Jan. 18: Soroco 71, Paonia 70
- Jan. 19: Hotchkiss 63, Soroco 56
- Jan. 25: Soroco 68, Vail Mountain 35
- Jan. 26: Vail Christian 51, Soroco 45
- Feb. 1: Meeker 64, Soroco 43
- Feb. 2: Rangely 53, Soroco 27
- Feb. 8: Soroco 75, North Park 58
- Feb. 9: West Grand 77, Soroco 74
- Feb. 15: Soroco 77, De Beque 34
- Feb. 16: Soroco 59, Plateau Valley 46
- Feb. 22: Hayden 82, Soroco 44
- Feb. 26 to March 2: District tournament at Paonia: Meeker 64, Soroco 53
Oak Creek Someone forgot to tell the Meeker High School boys basketball team that this is a revived Soroco squad.
On Friday, the Cowboys stunted the Rams’ progress, making the team look a lot more like the squad that started the season with four lopsided losses than the one that went 5-1 through a January stretch. Meeker picked up a decisive win in Oak Creek, muscling past Soroco for a 64-43 victory.
“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we have the last four or five games,” Soroco coach Jake Eskridge said. “We’ve been shooting 50 percent before this. Tonight we shot about 23 percent.”
At the same time, Meeker was on fire and jumped to a 17-4 lead. Soroco didn’t break into double digits until midway through the second quarter and the team was never able to make the game interesting. Jeremy Musgrave led Meeker with 16 points while Alex Smith had 12 and Scott Smith scored 10.
The Cowboys clamped down hard on Soroco’s Ryan Jeep, but he still ended with a game-high 18 points. Bjorn Carlson had nine points and Matt Regan chipped in seven.
The biggest question for the Rams (6-7) is how they will respond Saturday in a critical game at Rangely. They picked themselves up off the mat once this season, and Eskridge said the team still has the poise and confidence after Friday’s game to do it again.
“Our guys are mentally tough. Last year I’d worry about them (unravelling), but this year, they know they just have to play better,” Eskridge said.
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