Both teams entered the contest looking for the first victory of the season, and it was De Beque, now 1-12, that came away with the 52-35 win in Hayden.
Action gets underway Thursday with the Soroco basketball teams hosting Vail Christian. The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine and wrestling teams also compete Thursday, on the road.
The tournament included some of the top ranked teams in the state.
There were moments, most coming in the first quarter of Friday’s game against visiting West Grand, in which the Hayden High School boys’ basketball team didn’t look like itself.
With the return of a few key players, including junior Darian Murphy, the Tigers not only kept the Mustangs from running all over them, but they remained in contention to pull the upset until late into the fourth quarter.
Low numbers hurt Hayden score, but Tigers still provide fight
In a sport where the objective is to force your opponent into submission, Moffat County High School wrestlers were top dogs in more ways than one Thursday night. A triangular event in Craig earned two team victories for MCHS as the Bulldogs went back to back against Basalt and Hayden.
Soroco and Hayden basketball both host home games this weekend, while Steamboat hockey looks to rebound with a game at Kent Denver on Saturday.
Steamboat Springs took fourth in Evergreen, Hayden won its dual tournament in Highland and Soroco was strong in Rangely.
It still wasn’t a win, but it was better, Hayden High School boys basketball coach Gerard Geis said Saturday after his team’s 54-31 loss on the road at North Park.
Hayden (3-7) is off until Friday, when it hosts West Grand.
The offensive has been elusive for the Hayden High School boys basketball team. Still, coach Gerard Geis said there were positives to pull from his team’s 57-12 Friday night home loss to Meeker.
A slow first half doomed the Hayden High School girls basketball team to a loss Thursday as the Tigers played host to Meeker.
Peyton Spafford and Grace Wilkie were selected by Hayden High School as athletes of the month.
The Hayden boys and girls basketball teams open the weekend Thursday night with home games against Meeker.
The Steamboat Springs and Soroco High School wrestling teams opened the 2016 portion of their season Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational. Hayden competed at Vernal's Tournament of Champions.