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Hayden boys basketball rolls over Vail, 84-41

Luke Graham

— The Hayden High School boys basketball team continued its quest for the No. 1 district tournament seed Tuesday, easily dispatching Vail Mountain, 84-41.

The Tigers, now 14-1, have rarely been challenged this season and continued that trend Tuesday.

Hayden was slowed in the first half, however, when sophomore forward Jorge Valdez went down with a knee injury.

The Gore Rangers were able to keep it relatively close, trailing just 38-27 at the break. But Hayden turned it on in the third quarter, racing out to a 65-35 lead.

"We played a little better after half," Hayden coach Mike Luppes said. "We needed to, let's put it that way. We didn't have a lot of intensity (Tuesday). It sort of started in the middle of the first quarter when Jorge went down with a knee. In the third quarter we went man-to-man and got some easy baskets."

Luppes said he didn't know the extent of Valdez's injury but didn't think it was serious.

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Graig Medvesk led the Tigers with 26 points and six assists. Mark Doolin added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brandon Ray had 12 points.

Ben Williams scored 8 and had seven rebounds and six assists.

Hayden renews its cross-county rivalry with Soroco at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Hayden.

"I know that's one game our kids always want to win," Luppes said.

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