Steamboat Springs They haven’t picked up their first win of the season, but coach Gerard Geis said his Hayden High School boys basketball team has continued to take major steps.
Friday’s game at North Park was a prime example.
The Tigers lost 77-54, their 32nd loss in a row, but 54 points is the most the team has scored in that entire stretch.
“We were working really hard to get the ball into the paint,” coach Gerard Geis said. “We were getting good shots from in close, and they started falling. That was the big key: good looks and good shots.”
Sophomore Mason Brewer, leading the team in scoring this season, was the leading scorer Friday with 11.
Hayden’s offense has been way up this season compared to last, a 0-17 campaign. It averaged 23.4 points per game a year ago, maxing out at 33 and scoring more than 30 only twice.
This season, it’s averaging 30.0 points per game and has topped 30 six times. The team is shooting better all around the court, including from the free throw line, where it’s making nine percent more free throws than it did a year ago.
“We’re getting to the line a lot more, because we’re being more aggressive inside, and our scoring is going up,” Geis said.
The team would still love to convert that scoring into its first win. It wasn’t able to Saturday. An early injury to Alan Aguirre, second on the team in scoring, helped slow things down as the Tigers lost at home to Plateau Valley, 68-28, to slip to 0-15 on the season.
However, the team does have the chance for a win Friday at De Beque, 3-13 this season.
“I think we can,” Geis said. “De Beque’s a really well-coached ball team that gives us some match up problems, but we look pretty even. I’m looking for a really good game. We’re going to give them everything we can.”
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