Times Staff Writer
GHS Boys Basketball — All good things must come to and end.
The Gunnison High School (GHS) boys basketball team’s 10-game winning streak came to an end this past Friday, falling to Roaring Fork High School by a score of 59-45. However, since then GHS has notched back-to-back wins.
“When you’re on a 10-game winning streak and a high school kid, you might need to lose a game like Roaring Fork — just to remind you that you still have a lot of things that are on the table that you want to accomplish this year,” said head coach Matt Smith. “I think that sparked a hunger in our players.”
Despite suffering a devastating loss on the court and to the roster Friday — losing Hunter Wood to injury — GHS rallied on the road on Saturday, defeating Cedaredge High School 59-26.
The win helped propel the Cowboys to a 61-51 victory over Olathe High School at home on Tuesday.
Currently, the Cowboys are in second place — behind Delta — in the 3A Western Slope League.
While GHS came away with the victory against the Pirates on Tuesday, it was neck-and-neck for three quarters. After ending the first quarter tied 17-17, GHS started to separate themselves in the second — thanks to dominant post play by Kelita Baroumbaye.
Baroumbaye went on a 5-0 run — making two contested layups and a free throw — as the Cowboys took a 24-21 lead. Minutes later, Quentin Richter extended the lead to five points. However, the Pirates responded, reducing GHS’ lead to two points, before Braden Wood and Baroumbaye helped extend the lead back to five points. At halftime the Cowboys held a 29-24 lead.
Olathe went on a 9-2 run in the third quarter, resulting in coach Smith calling a timeout with 6:00 left in the stanza. That timeout appeared to help Caleb Hulbert, who went on an offensive tear — recording GHS’ next eight points and cutting Olathe’s lead to 41-39.
The Cowboys took the lead back before the third quarter came to an end. Braden Wood and Baroumbaye both pitched in with two points.
The Pirates continued to battle despite their struggles to hold on to a lead. With 6:10 left in the fourth quarter, Olathe tied the game at 43. Once again, however, GHS reclaimed the lead seconds later. Caleb Hulbert drained a three-pointer, putting the Cowboys ahead by three.
The Pirates managed to cut the lead to one point, before Jayden Archuleta knocked down a three-pointer of his own.
That was the closest Olathe got in the fourth quarter. GHS’s offense extended the lead to 10 points before the game came to a close.
“I’ll take a win over Olathe, however we can find one,” stated Smith.
Caleb Hulbert led the way for the Cowboys in recording 17 points, while Baroumbaye pitched in with 14.
While the Cowboys found a way to come away with the victory on Tuesday, they struggled all game on Friday. Roaring Fork’s offense started the game on fire, making nearly every shot they took.
Still, Hunter Wood tried his best to keep GHS in the game, recording nine of the team’s 11 points scored in the quarter — as compared to the Rams’ 23.
At halftime, the Cowboys trailed 36-17.
After the half, GHS’ offense finally got going. The Cowboys battled through the third quarter and after a timeout with 4:20 left, they cut the Rams’ lead to 12 points. Braden Wood went two-of-two from the charity stripe, Hunter Wood added a three-pointer and Quentin Richter made a lay up, reducing the deficit to 43-31.
However, that was the closet GHS came to making a comeback. Hunter Wood led the way for GHS, recording 23 points.
The Cowboys will be back on the court Friday, Feb. 1. They travel to Del Norte to face the Tigers.
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or email@example.com.)