The 9-1 Monticello Buckaroos boys basketball team continued their winning ways, pummeling two Colorado schools last week.
The boys pounded the purple-clad Bayfield Wolverines 52-31 on Thursday in Monticello and massacred the Nucla Mustangs on Friday 69-21, or something close to that.
Against the Wolverines, either Dallin Duncan was scoring inside at will, or Devin Wright was stealing the ball and going in for layups as the Bucks raced to a 16-8 first quarter lead.
Duncan finished with 10 rebounds, 19 points and six blocks, while Wright had six steals and 17 points. Cory Young pitched in with nine points as every Buckaroo on the team saw action.
Much was matching in the Mustang mauling the next night in not quite neighboring Nucla, CO. Wright had another gigantic game, scoring 19, while the Buck’s frenetic, all-out style of basketball in the tiny Nucla gym provided its own interesting idiosyncrasies.
At one point, while trying to save the ball from going out of bounds, Wright found himself flying through the air and headed for the gym wall, which is only a foot from the out-of-bounds line.
Wright did the only thing he could do, leaping up onto the wall with his feet, catapulting himself away, and landing on his feet. The only thing he could have done that would have been cooler was a back flip off the wall, perhaps landing on the shoulders of senior forward Steven Redd.
Buckaroo point guard Kendall Maughan, in another ball-saving attempt, careened into the Nucla ball girl in a head-on collision near the half court line.
Luckily, there were no injuries, just a couple of awkward smiles. Reportedly, Coach Rhett Maughan enjoyed coaching (directing?) from the stage.
Big game for the week for the Buckaroos is a road game at Whitehorse. The Raiders seem to be firing on all cylinders while sporting a fine 8-4 record.
Other B-ball action
Since two overtime victories in December and early January, followed by the loss of a key player, Coach Ryan Nielson’s Bronco boys have fallen on hard times.
This past weekend saw the Broncos begin region play on the road and the road wasn’t kind. Both the South Sevier Rams and the North Sevier Wolves used the long ball to do in the Broncos.
On Friday night, the 16-0 and number one-ranked Rams drained eight treys in a 73-40 pounding. The Broncos could only get 12 points from leading scorer Cameron Shumway and 10 from Tyrell Nielson. The Rams hurtled their way to a 27-14 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Against the Wolves the next night, the Broncos fared much better but couldn’t come up with the win, dropping a tight 74-70 game. The Wolves tossed in seven treys on the Broncos in that frustrating loss, although Shumway bounced back with a 32-point effort.
Nielson added his steady 12 points and freshman Logan Meyer hit double figures for the first time as a varsity player, with 10 points. The 6-8 Broncos continue on the road at Grand on Wednesday before hosting Gunnison Friday.
The Buckaroo gals logged two losses on the week as well, dropping a contest to Bayfield on Thursday and a league game to Green River on Friday. The Lady Bucks jumped to a huge lead, 19-3, against the Pirates in Green River, but couldn’t hold them off.
With the game tied at 29 after three quarters, the Lady Bucks went cold, managing only six points in the fourth quarter, allowing the Lady Pirates the 42-35 victory.
High scorers for the Lady Bucks were Martha Beh with nine points and Kara Rogers with eight.
The Bronco gals had three games on the week, losing all three, including two region contests to North and South Sevier. Kelsi Meyer had seven points, 11 rebounds, and seven steals in a 43-23 loss to South Sevier and seven more points in a 40-29 loss to the Wolves from the North to lead the Broncos.
Just a tiny question: How does the Utah All-Star Wrestling Classic not choose a wrestler from Monticello High School, the defending 1A state champion and a team that sports two returning state champions, four second place finishers, and six wrestlers with more than 30 wins this year?
Consider this: both Payson and Millard high schools had five wrestlers in the All Star Classic. Admittedly, both schools dominate their respective classifications, 3A and 2A, and at least six of them are returning state champs.
But no one gets the call from San Juan County, while Region 8, which includes Utah Valley as well as the Uintah Basin gets eight representatives. They couldn’t find a place for one wrestler from Southeast Utah, when the area has been represented by at least one wrestler every year since the Classics’ inception, including San Juan’s Oliver Parker last year.
The event is designed to raise funds for the Utah Valley University wrestling team, which has included two Monticello High School wrestlers, Casen Eldredge and Wade Eldredge. By the way, that is two more than any other 1A or 2A school.