COLCORD - Coach Jarrod Earp and his team of Hornets played host to the visiting Oaks Warriors, coached by Tony Arnold on Tuesday, February 4.
The last time these two team met, on January 21, Colcord won a decisive victory over Colcord. Colcord, once again, came away with the win 54 – 41, but in a closer game than the January game.
Colcord 54, Oaks 41
Both teams came into the game with key players out due to sickness or minor injuries.
The first period began fast and intense for both team and continued through every period.
Colcord closed out the first period ahead 14 – 8.
The Warriors stepped up their scoring in the second period and scored one point less than the Hornets, but still trailed at the half 27 – 18.
Both the Warriors and the Hornets hit the third period with scoring and determination, each putting up 15 points.
Three Hornets, Dylan Davis, Gabe Tuell and the aggressive defender Stormy Odle each hit 3-pointers.
Warrior Shaun Reed was able to toss in two 3-pointers for the Warriors.
The third period came to a close with Colcord 42 and Oaks 33.
The 4th period saw Oaks get the closest to the Hornets, eight points, that they would see all night, but the game ended Hornets 45, Warriors 41.
The Hornets had two players with 10 points; Odle and Eyan Williams, followed by Davis with eight points, Merrick Ellis and Tuell with seven points and Jerred Ford and Tyler Duncan with six.
The Warriors had two players in double digits; Aaron Budder, the spark plug for Oaks, with 17 and Reed who kept driving to the basket with 13.
Tiager Russell shot for five points, Bret Hogshooter got four points in the first period and Caden Balderas got two points.
Both coaches were proud of their teams.
“Yeah, I was proud of them…because Colcord presents matchup problems for us inside and that ultimately was the difference in the game with their rebounds and put backs,” said Arnold.
“It was a good win, we have been fighting illnesses here lately, so it wasn’t pretty, but it was a good win,” said Earp.
“It was good for a couple of young guys to get starter minutes and hold their own; Tiajer Russell and Caden Balderas played good enough for us to stay in the game, for the most part," said Arnold. "Nathan Coulter got minutes that he’s not normally getting and he held his own, too. Aaron Budder, Shaun Reed and Bret Hogshooter, as usual starters, really played well. They didn’t let our roster adversity affect them, instead, they understood they needed to elevate their game and in turn elevate their team.”
The Warriors will traveled to Welch on Friday, February 7 to close their regular season.
Colcord will hosted Commerce on Friday, February 7 and will then travel to Ketchum on Friday, February 14, closing their regular season.