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Soroco boys basketball loses 2nd game during weekend

Soroco's Ryan Jeep finds a face full of defense Saturday as the Rams fell to Paonia, 66-46.

— That the same questions have popped up now game after game, week after week, doesn't mean an answer is any easier to find, Soroco boys basketball coach Sam McLeod said.

The Rams again were listless on offense and again they lost, falling at home Saturday to Paonia, 66-46.

"It starts weighing on the kids," McLeod said. "You tell people to forget the last play, but when everything they shoot isn't going in, that's tough. It's affecting the way we play. We didn't play physical today."

Cold shooting has dogged the team for a month, since a 4-0 start opened eyes. Soroco hasn't won since and after Saturday, it now sits at 4-6.

Soroco has had some highlights through that stretch, though. Again Saturday, sophomore Ryan Jeep was among them. The forward, playing his best ball of the season, had 22 points Friday in a loss against Hayden, and he led the team again Saturday, scoring 17.

The cold shooting from the perimeter ensures those points don't come easy.

"We did a better job getting the ball to Jeep, but they can double- and triple-team him now because they're not worried about us shooting," McLeod said. "Ryan's coming around. If we had the perimeter game working around him with the way he's playing, this would be a different team."

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