TELLURIDE – The Telluride High School boys’ basketball team is on the up-and-up, ranked second in the league following a blazing four-game recent winning streak.
Over the weekend, the THS Miners brought down the house with two big wins over rivals Nucla and Ignacio, coming out way ahead of the Nucla Mustangs in their 80-33 Friday night home win. They found a closer match against Ignacio on Saturday in the Minerdome, but still pulled out ahead with a comfortable lead of 60-50.
The weekend wins put the boys in the second-place league ranking, behind league powerhouse Dolores. Telluride boasts an overall 12-3 and 6-1 league record.
The 2012-13 season successes on the court has a lot to do with the players’ dedication and focus this winter, says head coach and THMS Athletic Director Mike Hughes.
“I’m really proud of these kids,” he says of the group of mostly THS Juniors, many of whom have been brought up through the program since they were freshmen. “They play hard and get the job done. Not only are they one of the most talented groups of athletes, they also are incredibly talented at working together.”
The Miners, with two more big games on the schedule before the District seedings will be announced, Miners host their last home game of the regular season this Friday against Dove Creek, a team they beat handily when they last met early in February. They then travel to Ridgway to meet their Demon rivals Saturday.
The second through sixth ranked teams in the San Juan Basin League will next meet in a round of playoff games on Tuesday February 26, the winners of which will go on to play in the Final Four league tournament along with the league’s top two ranked teams on March 1 and 2 in Cortez.
“We’re feeling pretty good about our successes this season… but we still have a really long way to go” before the district tournament, Hughes said.