Mountain Range basketball suffers first defeat

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/17/19

In the first four games of the 2019-2020 season, Mountain Range cruised to a 4-0 start, outscoring their opponents by a 273-188 margin. Dec. 10, in their home opener — in front of a ruckus crowd …

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Mountain Range basketball suffers first defeat

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In the first four games of the 2019-2020 season, Mountain Range cruised to a 4-0 start, outscoring their opponents by a 273-188 margin. Dec. 10, in their home opener — in front of a ruckus crowd — the Mustangs couldn’t contain Legend as the Titans went on to a 58-44 win.

“Sometimes there is just a lid on the rim,” Mountain Range second-year coach Jordan Carter said after the contest. “In the first half, I thought we were getting some pretty good looks from guys we want shooting the ball, and they weren’t going in. I think on some of our drives, we rushed it, and it’s all part of the process of being a young team. It’s a lot of teaching, a day-by-day process, and we just have to settle guys down. You are going to have peaks and valleys as you go through the season.”

The struggles scoring for the Mustangs started early, despite jumping out to the 6-1 lead. Scoring seven unanswered, Legend ­— behind their talented bench — went to the end of the quarter tied at eight with MR.

In the second, Legend took a 2-point lead on the opening possession and never looked back. Scoring 13 of the next 18 points, the Titans went to the break up 21-13.

The Mustangs rallied behind their defense to keep the game within reach for the first 16 minutes, but in the third, Legend found their groove with a 25-point quarter to lead by 19 going to the final frame.

“A problem tonight was that our defense wasn’t as good. They (Legend) are a great shooting team, and they showed that,” Carter said. “They are deep, have good experience, they showed that, and it’s a good experience for our guys. It’s a little disappointing when it comes to the result, but overall, I’m happy with the way we fought.”

Performing their best offensively in the fourth, MR tallied 17 points behind improved ball movement with junior Connor Hindson and senior Logan Dexter leading the way with seven and five points, respectively. Also, allowing 12 points, the Mustangs defense performed similarly to the first half. The third quarter is what hurt the home team, but Carter knows it’s all a part of the process.

“I thought a lot of our mistakes are correctable, which is good. I didn’t think it was one of those things where we are searching for answers, which sometimes can happen in this sport. That’s a good team. They know what they are doing, and it’s good for our guys to see it first hand and experience it. It was encouraging to have good fan support tonight, and they stuck around even when the game was looking a little out of reach. It all builds some excitement around the program moving forward.”

On the night, Dexter led the team with 13 points, followed by 12 and 11 from junior Truman Chambers and Hindson, respectively. Dexter also led the team with nine rebounds.

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