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Bobcats win fifth in six, 60-34 at Ouray

Ignacio’s Ocean Hunter (32) rises towards the rim between Ouray’s Scout Manley and Judah Preston (22) during SJBL road action Saturday, Feb. 9. An under-the-weather Hunter still contributed six points in a 60-34 victory.
Photo Credit: Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Regular season to end with non-league trip

Four three-pointers by sophomore post Bryce Finn in as many tries not only gave the Ignacio boys enough momentum to stun and separate from Ouray, but hopefully to carry them into – and through – their last two regular-season contests.

With a crucial rematch versus Mancos set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, inside IHS Gymnasium (results unavailable at press time), the Bobcats got a game-best 16 total points from Finn, 12 from sophomore forward Dylan Labarthe and ten from sophomore guard Triston Thompson in trumping the Trojans 60-34 Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9.

Entering the House of Troy not 48 hours removed from a 45-40 loss – their first in five outings since an 11-point setback Jan. 15 at MHS – at non-league 2A Del Norte, the ’Cats started slowly against an OHS team which had won four of its previous five, including a 20-point road win at Norwood the night before.

Ouray won the opening tip-off, allowing head coach Adam Trujillo to call timeout and remove guard Zach Briggs, playing with a cast on his right hand as one of five seniors saluted on Senior Day, seconds after play began, and senior Scout Manley got the scoring started 1:43 in with two free throws.

Junior post Channing Green then dropped in another, but Ignacio (9-8, 8-2 2A/1A San Juan Basin League) responded with two Thompson triples – giving them a lead they’d not again lose.  A late trey by sophomore reserve Jackson Leo brought OHS (11-3, 8-3) back to 13-8, but Thompson sank two freebies and rebuilt the lead to seven points entering the second quarter.

Junior post Ocean Hunter promptly snared a defensive rebound and passed ahead to junior guard Keegan Schurman for a breakaway layup and 19-10 lead with 6:13 left before halftime and Trujillo called timeout even faster, sensing the Trojans still weren’t up to comparative speed.  He’d be proven correct in short order; Bobcat freshman guard Gabe Tucson canned a trey late to max Ignacio’s first-half lead out at 15 points, 30-15, and IHS went back to the locker room ahead 32-19.

And it wasn’t really even that close; 10-of-15 free-throw shooting kept the home team in their own building (the guests were 4-of-5), as three second-quarter Green buckets were the Trojans’ only other makes from the field besides Leo’s three-ball.

Finn’s first two long-range hits keyed an 8-0 burst right after intermission, his third three running increased IHS’ advantage to 43-21, and his fourth made the score a soul-crushing 52-21 before Ouray managed two points and went into the final frame down 52-23.

Six points by an oft-transitioning Labarthe and two by senior Randy Doyebi helped seal the deal, though Leo sank two three-pointers to finish with three bombs and an Ouray-best 12 points.  Slowed by first-half foul trouble, Green finished with seven points and Manley matched junior reserve Liam Miller’s five, but was held without a field goal.

Doyebi netted eight points, including a flying weakside tip-in over the 6’3” Green of a Hunter miss late in the second quarter, and Tucson totaled six points, having nailed two of Ignacio’s eight three-pointers.  Reportedly battling the effects of a sinus infection, Hunter also contributed six points and Schurman logged two.

Against DNHS, which then defeated Southern Peaks League foe Sargent 52-47 the next day, Finn managed one three and booked a team-leading 13 points while Hunter scored seven and Schurman six.  Senior guard Kade Glover buried all five of his team’s treys and tallied 19 points for the Tigers (11-6 overall), while sophomore forward Logan Cestone recorded 12.

Slated to conclude the Ignacio boys’ regular-season schedule is a Feb. 15 trip out to Blanca to face 1A Sierra Grande at 4 p.m.  The Panthers stood 8-9 overall prior to a Valentine’s Day visit from struggling non-league 1A La Veta (which began the week 1-16 overall) the night before.



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  2. Yuma
  3. Ault Highland
  4. Fowler
  5. Denver Christian
  6. Byers
  7. Limon
  8. Fort Collins Heritage Christian
  9. Sanford
  10. Simla


Others Receiving Votes – Peyton, Greeley Dayspring Christian, Del Norte, Pueblo Dolores Huerta Prep, IGNACIO, Rocky Ford, Akron, Julesburg-Ovid Revere Sedgwick County.

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