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Monday, November 30, 2015

Fast Start Propells Spartans Past Mavericks

Berthoud Boys Basketball Bests Mead 65-62

By Dan Karpiel

Sports Writer


Good starts often lead to good finishes. That was certainly the case for the Berthoud High Boys basketball team last night as they topped the Mead Mavericks 65-62 in the BHS Gym.

The Spartans opened the game with a 12-2 scoring run, started the second period by besting Mead 8-2 in the first two minutes and began the fourth period with a 10-2 run that gave the home team an 11-point lead.

“I was pretty pleased with how cerebral we played where we run a play and even when the first or second option wasn’t there, we were smart enough to find the third…I was glad to see we could put our own runs together and come out strong,” said Berthoud Head Coach Pete Scheck after the game.

As strong as Berthoud was at the beginning of each period, Mead was equally-strong at their ability to battle back and keep the game tight. After their 12-2 run in the opening half of the first period, the Spartans allowed Mead to close with a 13-5 scoring run of their own.

That pattern would repeat itself throughout the game.

Jesse Queen sets up the Berthoud offense in the thrid period

Berthoud kicked off the second period with an 8-2 run and held a 25-16 lead at the 6:45 mark. Yet Mead’s defense was able to stiffen, forcing five Berthoud turnovers and holding the Spartans without a bucket for the better part of four minutes. The Mavericks closed out the first half with baskets on four consecutive possessions and went into the locker room down only one, 29-28.

After a back-and-forth third period, the Spartans began the fourth period with a 10-2 run and took a 56-45 lead. Yet Mead had enough left in the tank for a late push. Three point baskets from Tyler Triano, Aaron Cheung and Orel Chavez brought Mead back quickly as they cut Berthoud’s lead to 61-58 with only 0:51 left on the clock.

The Spartans held off the Mavericks’ charge largely thanks to clutch free throw shooting; Berthoud made good on seven of their ten attempts from the stripe in the fourth period. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, standout Berthoud senior Zach Ruebesam sank a pair of foul shots to give his team some breathing room, 65-60. Mead attempted two final shots but made good on only one as their final three-point attempt bounced off the rim and Berthoud held on the razor-thin 65-62 win.

Ruebesam led all scorers with 21 points on the night, shooting 7/13 from the floor including 3/7 from three-point range. Ruebesam was equally-dominant on the other end of the floor, leading the Spartans with eight total rebounds and three steals. Greg Hutchins contributed 15 points and Jesse Queen added ten and four defensive rebounds.

The victory over Mead was the first 3A Patriot league contest for Berthoud who now sit at 4-4 on the young season, good enough for fifth place in the 12-team league. The Spartans will travel to Lyons on January 12 for their next game.

The Berthoud High girls basketball team also won a nail-biter over Mead. The Lady Spartans (4-4, 1-0) topped the Lady Mavericks 37-36 in overtime.

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