Mountain Range drops opener to Far Northeast

Young team can’t overcome nerves in first half

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/5/18

In front of a lively Mustang crowd Nov. 28 in the home/season opener for Mountain Range High School, Far Northeast’s quick start and clutch finish put down Mountain Range, 87-80. In a first quarter …

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Mountain Range drops opener to Far Northeast

Young team can’t overcome nerves in first half

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In front of a lively Mustang crowd Nov. 28 in the home/season opener for Mountain Range High School, Far Northeast’s quick start and clutch finish put down Mountain Range, 87-80.

In a first quarter dominated by Far Northeast 25-12, taking advantage of Mustangs’ turnovers proved the difference early on for the Warriors. A majority of the 17-team turnovers occurred in the first frame for Mountain Range, jump-starting the Warriors in transition, led by senior Myron Hamilton’s nine points.

“Nerves definitely played a big role throughout,” Mountain Range first-year coach Jordan Carter said. “As we thrust guys into unfamiliar positions, many of whom have not played significant (if any) varsity minutes until tonight. I think we settled down in the second half, but we need to take better care of the ball moving forward.”

The good news for the Mustangs, however, was the drastically improved play from the second quarter forward. Outscoring Far Northeast 25-15 in the second quarter, seven points respectively from juniors Logan Dexter and Clay Crosley put the Mustangs right back in the game.

Dexter’s team-leading 26 points followed by 21 from senior Brandon Romero (who fought cramps in the second half) put the game in a back-and-forth affair throughout the second half. With a tie of 49 with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter, it was the first tie since 7-7. Locking horns again at 59, 67 and 78 with time running out, Far Northeast’s 9-1 run in the final minute and 46 seconds capped the contest in the Warriors’ favor.

“It’s definitely big for us to put ourselves in position to win despite facing some adversity,” Carter said. “However, successful teams rebound and defend consistently, and those are the areas we need to continue to focus and work on.”

With 14 offensive rebounds and clutch makes by Hamilton (eight fourth-quarter points) and senior Dachaun Davis Jr. (seven fourth-quarter points) late, Far Northeast made just enough crucial plays to edge Dexter and MR.

“Logan Dexter had a big game for us,” Carter said. “Loved his aggression and toughness for us deep into the second half. He stepped up and helped right the ship as Brandon Romero struggled with cramps throughout the half. Give Far Northeast a lot of credit. They fought the entire game and made runs when they needed to despite foul trouble.”

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