Rams avoid huge meltdown, pick up 10th win of the season
February 15, 2014
Steamboat Springs — For about 30 minutes of Soroco High School boys basketball's 32-minute game at Plateau Valley on Saturday, the Rams were dominant.
It's the final minutes of each half that irked coach Jake Eskridge in his team's 50-46 win, a score that isn't quite indicitive of how the game played out, he said.
The Rams built a 30-18 halftime lead and dominated nearly wire to wire, but were outscored 19-7 in the fourth quarter, squandering away a 15-point lead with 90 seconds left in the contest.
"We played excellent all day except the last minute of both halves," Eskridge said. "We were up 15 with a minute and a half to go. We fell apart and we can't relax like we did. I'm happy we got the win. For the most part, we did a lot of good things, just those last minutes hurt us."
Eskridge said Plateau Valley had little answer for his twin towers, Ryan Jeep and Bjorn Carlson. Jeep scored a game-high 23 points and Carlson dropped 12 of his own.
The win was Soroco's 10th on the season with just league rival Hayden remaining on the schedule.
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"My upperclassmen led the way and did some good things, but it was a good team victory," Eskridge said.