OURAY – No contender could topple the house of Troy last weekend, with both the Ouray boys’ and girls’ basketball teams posting wins during the Homecoming weekend.
Trojan basketball carried an electric momentum throughout Friday’s Homecoming festivities, which also included a rousing performance from the Ouray Dance Team and the crowning of the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen, Scott Fedel and Kellie Dakin.
And yet with basketball as the focus of the evening, the Trojans didn’t disappoint, with the girls besting the Nucla Mustangs 60-48 and the boys demolishing their Mustang competition by a 50-point margin, 84-34.
“We got a good start tonight, and that set the tone for the entire game,” said boys’ head coach Jim Blennis Friday after the game.
The Mustangs struggled to keep up with the pace set by Ouray, and the Trojans climbed to a comfortable 50-15 lead in the first half. Propelled by the talents of starters Scott Fedel, Clay Schafer and Chris Blansett, the entire team contributed to the resounding victory. Freshman phenom Nick Purvis took advantage of the breakaway and Irving Macias-Chavez dished the ball out to Kenneth Wilson. Sophomore Eli Holmes stuffed a much larger Nucla player, and Chris Cramp raced past defenders to make a behind-the-back fake look like child’s play. At one point, Schafer snagged the ball on a breakaway and added the explanation point with a slam dunk on the other end of the gymnasium.
Offensive fireworks put the points on the board, but solid defense was to thank for the big Homecoming win, according to Coach Blennis. And strengthening the defense is the team’s focal point as they head into the final four games of the regular season.
After posting a 74-55 win against Norwood on Saturday, the boys’ record was 9-6 overall and 7-0 in league play, putting Ouray in the number one slot in 1A rankings. Their final home game of the season is tomorrow, when they host Dolores. They travel to Dove Creek on Saturday, and play Mancos on the road on Friday, Feb. 20.
The Lady Trojans’ also bested Norwood on Saturday, 45-34, and now have a 10-5 overall record and are 8-4 in league play.