Hayden boys basketball picks up 2nd straight win

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— Don’t look now, but Hayden boys basketball is on its first winning streak this season.

It may only be a pair of victories against some not-so-premier competition, but tripling your win total in the matter of a few days will put a smile on your face, Tigers coach Mike Luppes said.

Hayden (3-14, 2-7 league) made quick work of 1A De Beque on Saturday afternoon, turning a two-point first-quarter lead into a 55-29 blowout when it was all said and done.

“We got a win and we’re happy,” Luppes said. “When you’ve had one win all year and you get two in one weekend, you get happier.”

Hayden was led by its senior trio, which really is starting to mesh with just two games remaining before the district tournament ramps up. Isaac Bridges led all scorers with 24 points to go along with six rebounds. Senior Dan Engle tacked on 19 points and nine boards, and Greg Frentress picked up another nine points and 15 rebounds for the Tigers.

“Our three seniors are really starting to play well,” Luppes said. “We’re pleased with where we are going into that Soroco game.”

That game just happens to be the biggest rivalry showdown for either school and will tip off at 7 p.m. Friday at Soroco.

The Rams have gotten the better of Hayden in the two schools’ opening matchups this season, winning 69-26 on Dec. 12 and 69-29 less than a week later.

But that was two months ago, and the Tigers feel good they can contend with their rivals with a healthy lineup that suddenly has confidence.

“We played them twice but haven’t with our two seniors (Bridges and Frentress) back,” Luppes said. “They saw us with two freshmen starting. We’re optimistic about playing with them. We both enjoy playing each other. We’re excited.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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