The Ouray boys’ basketball squad made it to the finals last Saturday, after beating Holly, 63-49, a victory all the more impressive as they were playing without the leadership of head coach Jim Blennis, who suffered a heart attack. In the championship game, the Trojans couldn’t hold off a strong Granada team, and lost, 45-57, bringing to an end Ouray’s strong post season run.
Granada will play Hi Plains in the early rounds of the upcoming state tournament.
Ouray’s Lady Trojans lost to Holly in the first round of their regional tournament on Friday, 40-64. Holly went on to win the championship and a berth in the upcoming state tournament by defeating Sierra Grande, 38-37.
“The girls learned that you have to play every minute of all four quarters, and to be stronger with the ball,” said coach Bernie Pearce, already looking ahead to next year. “Off-season work on individual skills like shooting and ball-handling are vital if our team is going to attain a sharper, more consistent style of play.”
The Ridgway boys’ team also lost in the first round of regional play, losing to Springfield, 30-46. Propelled by high scorers Alex Radovanovic (12 points) and Josh Crozier (7), the Demons were within five points at half time, but allowed the Longhorns to pull away in the second.