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 Let’s be real.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team has been the best in Routt County since the start of the season.
It started with a second-place finish at the Steamboat Shoot-Out early in the season. And without arguably its best player Saturday in Meeker, Hayden took control of the Class 2A Western Slope League with a 62-58 win.
The Tigers got limited minutes from starting point guard Paul Laliberte who turned an ankle in the final 10 seconds of Friday’s game against Rangely.
With Laliberte hobbling and playing about a quarter of the game Saturday, the Tigers turned to its stable of veterans.
Mark Doolin had a quite a game, scoring 22 and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jorge Valdez had 17 points and five rebounds, while Aaron Cramer grabbed 12 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Isaac Bridges hit four 3-pointers.
“Anytime you go to Meeker and come away with a win, you’re very pleased,” Hayden coach Mike Luppes said. “Especially when you do that in limited action without Paul. But a lot of kids stepped up.”
Hayden led throughout the first two-plus quarters before trailing 42-38 heading into the fourth quarter.
Meeker got up by as many as seven points before Hayden started to chip away. Going through Valdez and post down the stretch, the Tigers clawed back into the game. Doolin hit four huge free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The game was for the top spot in the league. And considering what Hayden (12-2) had to overcome, it was the marquee win on the schedule for the Tigers.
The team next plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday at home against West Grand.
“This week was a couple good gut-check basketball games for us,” Luppes said. “We showed we can overcome adversity.”
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com