Nic Paxton runs into trouble in the lane Friday against Meeker.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Nic Paxton runs into trouble in the lane Friday against Meeker.

Meeker overpowers Soroco boys basketball

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— 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.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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