Varsity boys tip off

The team tries to score against Pueblo East High School. Pueblo East is highly ranked in 4A.

It’s that time of year again. Winter sports are in full swing, including boys’ varsity basketball. From now until February, the boys will practice, strategize and work hard to win games in hopes of making it to the playoffs.

The Eagles took on rival Arapahoe in their first game of the season. While they played hard, they were not able to pull out a win. The final score was 46 to 88.

“We hit a shooting slump and they couldn’t miss,” says Heritage boys’ varsity head coach Jentry Byleveld.

They then entered their first tournament of the season, which they co-hosted with ThunderRidge.  The first game of the tournament was played on December 5 against Pueblo East High School. They again fell short, losing 37 to 61.

The next game of the tournament was played against Grand Junction High School. After falling behind in the first three quarters, they went on a shooting streak and almost caught up. They were not able to overcome the deficit and lost to Grand Junction 65-73.

The final game of the tournament pitted Heritage against Gateway. Heritage came ready to win and managed to take the lead from the beginning. The final score was 67 to 50, putting a win on the board for the Eagles.

After their first win, the Eagles headed into their second tournament optimistically. Their first game was against Columbine High School, ranked sixth in 5A. While they fought hard, they were not able to overtake the Rebels and lost 52 to 67.

The second day of the tournament put Heritage against the 2012 5A state champions, Chaparral High School. Unfortunately, they lost again, with a final score of 53-72.

In the final game of the tournament, Heritage played against Valor Christian. Both teams played equally well throughout the first half of the game, with no more than four points separating them at any given time. However, Heritage hit a shooting slump in the third quarter and while came close to recovering, never did. The final score was 77 to 86, adding a loss to Heritage’s record.

The night before finals, the team traveled through a snowstorm to Evergreen High School. It was well worth the trip, as the game was a close one. In the end, the Eagles overcame the Cougars with a final score of 60 to 63.

Over winter break, the boys played two games, the first against Mesa Ridge. They played well as a whole, and added another win to their record with a score of 56 to 31. Two days later, the team traveled to Prairie View High School. They won by a landslide with a final score of 62 to 34

In their first game of the new semester, Heritage traveled to Hinkley High school.  The trip was well worth it, as the game was a nail biter.  The team again played well cohesively and won 51 to 47.

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