by David High
ELBERT — The La Veta boys took off the football cleats and slipped on basketball sneakers this past Friday and Saturday to travel north to the Elbert Basketball Tournament against the Danes of Fountain Valley, the Eagles of Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School, and the host Elbert Bulldogs from the Black Forest League.
Friday’s game matched the Redskins with the Rocky Mountain Eagles in what ended up being a low scoring affair. Baskets were hard to come by, which is usually the case in the early season games, as Lutheran took a first quarter lead at 9-3. The visiting Redskins picked up the pace in the second eight minutes, but remained in arrears to the tune of 20-13 at the break.
Senior Eric Morgan and freshman Carson Miller were doing the work on offense hitting from the field. The Lutherans, however increased their lead big time in the third period to basically put the game on ice at 35-21.
The new nets on the baskets didn’t get much of a workout in the final period with only 12 points total scored by both teams combined to make the final score a 43-25 win for the Eagles.
Miller with 10 points led the Redskins on the offensive end. Alex Mondragon was the rebound leader with eight.
Saturday, host Elbert lived up to their mascot name and were bulldogs throughout, taking a lead of 18-12 going into the half time break. They continued their ways stretching their lead by three in the next eight minutes putting them up 30-21.
The Redskin tried their best to give themselves a chance, but unfortunately couldn’t overcome the Bulldogs’ lead, losing for the second time in the tournament 42-31.
“Our guys played hard this weekend, but you could tell it was the first games of the season,” commented Redskin Coach Jon Brunelli. “We just made too many mistakes to be successful. We’ll work hard this week and try to correct some of those things by next weekend.”
Some of the stats for the game showed Miller with 10 points 3-7 from the field, Morgan 10 points 4-11 on the day and Mandragon following with eight points going 4-11. Morgan and Miller each hit on 2-4 from three point range. Ty Warren had two blocks to go along with four assists and Mandragon pulled down nine rebounds in the contest.
The shooting percentage at 20 percent from the field was the crucial factor in the loss. On a positive note, the team shot 75 percent from the charity stripe on the day.
Next up for the Redskin are two road games the first in Kim today and then Manzanola on Saturday.
La Veta 3 10 8 4 25
Rocky Mt. Lutheran 9 11 15 8 43
Elbert 13 5 12 12 42
La Veta 6 6 9 10 31