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La Veta men win one – lose one

Skins will finish third in District

LA VETA- The La Veta men’s basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend and solidified third place in the conference.  The Redskin’s overall record is 11-6, with a 6-4 conference record.

    Last Thursday, La Veta dominated the Hoehne Farmers in a blowout, 69-42.  La Veta controlled the game after they opened up a 9-4 lead, but fell behind after several turnovers and an 8-0 Farmer run.   Dakota Mason hit a shot at the buzzer to put the Skins ahead for good, 14-13.  The second and third quarters belonged to La Veta as they pulled away with 22 points in each quarter.  The Redskins were then able to play their kind of game, working the inside shots and playing a solid defense.

    The following night was a different story, however, as the Sanford Indians stopped the high scoring Redskin offense, 46-37.  The Indians controlled the Redskins’ game, beginning the second quarter with a full-court press and man-to-man coverage and allowing only 2 points.  La Veta could not work the ball to the inside and was forced to take the outside shots.  The strategy failed as they did not hit any shots from the three-point range, going 0 for 14.  The old saying, “if you live by the three, you die by the three,” rang true.  Dalton Mason, usually hot from three, was stone cold as his shots missed their mark.  The Skins only had seven offensive boards which also shut down their offensive opportunities.          

    The loss solidified the Redskins’ third place conference position when they enter district play in two weeks.  They first must play Sangre de Cristo (5-10) tonight and Antonito (5-11) tomorrow.  They will have their first district pig-tail game at home.  Their likely opponent will be Sangre de Cristo, based on the current standings.  District play then begins February 26.

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