Boys Basketball defeats in double OT

Eaton boys Highland beats Highland 90-89 in high-fouling game


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Nic Inda (20) shoots a successful free-throw during the third quarter

Cole Schumacher, Sports Editor

Eaton Boys Basketball pulls off a close 90-89 win over Highland in a high fouling, double overtime game. The Reds were in foul trouble just about the whole game and that was problematic with only seven players on the roster. As a team, Eaton had 19 personal fouls and Highland had 30. By the end of the fourth, Ryan Ure had fouled out and Eaton was down to just six players while heading into overtime. Later on in the second overtime, Walker Scott also fouled out and the Reds couldn’t afford to lose any more players as they were down to just five. 

Eaton stayed strong and played smart until the last buzzer sounded in double overtime, giving them a big 90-89 win over Highland. Leading scorers for the Reds were Scott Grable (21) with 25 points, Nic Inda (20) with 20, and Bryce Leafgren (20) with 16. For Highland, the leading scorers were Jase Bessire (21) with 32 points, Bowen Tolle (20) with 19, and Tate Bessire (20) with 17. Bryce Leafgren said, “I felt we moved the ball really well and played well as a team.” With this win, the Reds improve to a 4-1 record. 

Last week in the Northern Colorado Roundball tournament, the Reds went 2-1. In their first game, the Reds took it to the Basalt Longhorns in a 74-37 win. Leading stories for the Reds included Gage Butler (21) with 16, Bryce Leafgren (20) with 15, and Ryan Ure (21) with 14. On defense, Eaton caused 32 turnovers and out-boarded them 48-41. Ryan Ure grabbed 25 rebounds, beating his previous record of 22. The Reds kept the ball rolling in their second game vs The Academy in a 70-34 win. In this game, Bryce Leafgren had the hot hand with 28 points, followed up by Walker Scott (20) with 16 points. Throughout the game, Eaton limited the turnovers to just nine, and racked up an astounding 14 steals. 

The momentum for Eaton throughout this tournament wasn’t enough when they played Fort Morgan as they suffered a 73-66 loss. Eaton’s leading scorers were Nic Inda (20) with 19 points, Scott Grable (21) with 15, and Bryce Leafgren with 10. Following the Fort Morgan game, Bryce Leafgren said, “They came out and hit us in the mouth to start and they set the tone for the rest of the game.” 

The Reds look to improve for upcoming games. Ryan Ure said, “We definitely need to make more shots and keep communicating well like we are right now, and I think we’ll have a pretty good season.”