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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Turnovers Too Much for Spartans

By Michael Hicks
Berthoud Recorder

FORT COLLINS — Joel Maly did all he could and then some. Jeff Shields provided the offensive counterpart that Berthoud needs to compliment Maly, at least in the first half. But the one thing the Spartans couldn’t find an answer for was their own inability to quit stepping in their own toes.

And that was enough to keep Berthoud out of the win column at the Fort Collins/Poudre Tip-Off Invitational.

The Spartans went 0-3 in the annual tournament held at Fort Collins and Poudre high schools, finished off with a 76-63 loss to Brighton in Saturday’s seventh-place consolation game that witnessed Berthoud turn the ball over 30 times.

“We never could slow that pace of turning the ball over and it looked like Brighton cleared it up there in the end,” Berthoud head coach Pete Scheck said. “Except for turnovers we did pretty well in the first half. But you can’t turn the ball over that much.”

The game saw 15 lead changes in a first half, which was played at a blitzkrieg pace, and the teams tied at 36 at the intermission, despite double-digit turnovers by both teams. The third quarter proved to be much of the same, but Berthoud (1-3) went on a 15-5 run late in the period to take its largest lead at 54-49 on a Ryan Barron 3-pointer.

However, a Federico Cano 3-pointer 13 seconds later not only halted Berthoud’s run entering the fourth quarter, but, seemingly, shifted the momentum over to the Bulldogs, who outscored the Spartans 24-9 over the game’s final eight minutes.

“We’re a team trying to rebuild. At some point all your hard work has to pay off or sooner or later you’re going to quit working,” Scheck said. “It’s difficult from that perspective when you’re trying to get wins and you fall a little bit short.”

The loss, coming on the heels of a 53-49 defeat to Pueblo County in Friday night’s consolation-round opener, epitomized how close Berthoud was from coming out of the weekend with a winning record instead of a losing one.

“Both of these last two games we had a chance to win.  We could’ve definitely won,” said Maly, who finished Saturday with a game-high 29 points. “It’s going to hurt. We’ve got to work on stuff in practice and hopefully we’ll get a couple of wins these next few games.”

A Barron free throw to open the fourth gave Berthoud a 55-52 lead, but Brighton scored 13 of the next 15 points to lead 65-57 with 3 minutes, 34 seconds remaining and it was all downhill from there. The 13-point deficit to close the game was the largest of the contest, but the game was much closer than that.

“We need to execute better our plays. Coach had a lot of good plays drawn up for us and we didn’t finish a couple of lay-ups, turned the ball over a couple of more times,” Maly said. “We’ve got to take that away. We’ve got to execute better later in the game.”

Tre Robinson led a balanced attack for the Bulldogs with 20 points. Cano added 14 and Anthony Valenzuela 11 for Brighton.

Shields finished the game with 17 points — 14 coming in the first half. Shane Hart was the only other Berthoud player in double figures with 10 points. But no matter how many points they scored, the Spartans needed a little more, especially with all the miscues.

“We did get some scoring from other places, but if you give the ball back to them 30 more times you’re going to need a heck of a lot of scoring,” Scheck said.

That’s something Berthoud is still trying to find.

 

FORT COLLINS/POUDRE TIP-OFF INVITATIONAL
DEC. 9
Poudre 68, Brighton 45
Loveland 67, Harrison 53
Fort Collins 59, BERTHOUD 34
Rangeview 55, Pueblo County 42

FRIDAY
Loveland 52, Poudre 49
Fort Collins 58, Rangeview 42
Pueblo County 53,  BERTHOUD 49
Harrison 69, Brighton 59

SATURDAY
7th place: Brighton 76, BERTHOUD 63
5th place: Pueblo County 66, Harrison 51
3rd place: Poudre vs. Rangeview, N/A
Championship: Fort Collins 64, Loveland 48

FORT COLLINS 59, BERTHOUD 34
Berthoud               5              14            5              10-34
Fort Collins           20            10            13            16-59
Berthoud: Danny McGinn 1 0-0 2; Ryan Barron 2 0-0 5; Jeff Shields 1 0-0 3 ; Mark Matheson 0 0-0 0; Greg Hutchins 0 0-0 0; Shane Hart 4 0-0 9; Zach Rubesam 0 0-0 0; Joel Maly 6 3-9 15. TOTALS: 11 3-9 34.
Fort Collins:  Nate McAulliffe 11 0-1 25, Merrick Kelly 0 0-0 0; Drew Anderson 2 0-0 4; Erik Brakke 0 0-0 0; Hayden Ahlbrandt 1 0-0 2; Jared Spice 0 0-0 0; Landon Fleener 3 0-0 6; Cody Spicer 7 4-6 22. TOTALS: 23 4-7 59.
3-POINTERS: Berthoud 3 (Barron, Shields, Hart); Fort Collins 7 (C. Spicer 4; McAulliffe 3)
FOULED OUT: None
TECHNICAL FOULS: None

PUEBLO COUNTY 53, BERTHOUD 49
PUEBLO CO.         17            17            14            5-53
BERTHOUD          13            10            10            16-49
Pueblo County — Pat Vigil 5 2-2 13, Garrett Hannafious 6 0-0 13, Lucas Vigil 3 0-1 6, Alex Leach 3 0-0 6, Marshall Stout 3 0-2 6, Frank Molinaro 0 1-3 1, Tyler Cresswell 3 1-2 8, TOTALS: 23 4-10 53.
Berthoud — Danny McGinn 2 0-0 4, Ryan Barron 4 2-2 12, Jeff Shields 1 0-0 2, Shane Hart 1 2-2 4, Joel Maly 11 5-7 25. TOTALS: 19 9-11 49.
3-POINTERS: Pueblo County 3 (P. Vigil, Hannafious, Cresswell); Berthoud 2 (Barron 2)
FOULED OUT: Pueblo County — Leach
TECHNICALS: None

 

BRIGHTON 76, BERTHOUD 63
BERTHOUD          18            18            18            9–63
BRIGHTON           19            17            16            24-76
Berthoud — Danny McGinn 0 0-0 0, Ryan Barron 1 1-2 5, Jeff Shields 7 2-4 17, Mark Mathiesen 1 0-0 2, Greg Hutchins 0 0-0 0, Shane Hart 4 1-2 10, Joel Maly 12 5-9 29. TOTALS: 25 9-17 63.
Brighton — Chris Velasquez 4 0-0 8, Dante Archuleta 2 0-0 5, Frankie Hastings 4 0-0 9, Anthony Valenzuela 3 5-6 11, Tre Robinson 8 4-6 20, Paul Genereux 0 0-0 0, Federico Cano 5 0-2 14, Daniel Martinez 4 1-2 9. TOTALS: 30 10-16 76.
3-POINTERS: Berthoud 3 (Barron, Shields, Hart); Brighton 6 (Cano 4, Archuleta, Hastings)
FOULED OUT: Berthoud — Mathiesen
TECHNICALS: None

 

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<p>Joel Maly (50) of Berthoud attempts to block the shot of Brighton’s Tre Robinson in Saturday’s consolation game of the Fort Collins/Poudre Invitational at Brighton High School.</p>

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<p>Berthoud coach Pete Scheck talks to his players during a timeout.</p>

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