M/D beats Long Creek

<I>The Eagle/Tim Adams</I><BR>Beau Cruise splits a pair of Long Creek defenders and uses a soft touch to score two of his game-high 19 points on Saturday.

Monument/Dayville 53, Long Creek 37DAYVILLE - A 12-0 run to open the game was all Monument/Dayville needed to notch its second straight TriCo league basketball win.

Coming off a 60-56 triumph over Ukiah on Dec. 9, the Tigers took full advantage of poor shooting by Long Creek in the first half on Saturday to cruise to a 53-37 victory.

Beau Cruise scored six of his game-high 19 points in the opening quarter as Monument/Dayville (3-2) raced out to a 12-2 lead.

"We just need to play strong and keep our heads," Cruise said. "It feels good to get our second league win."

The Tigers tacked on an additional 12 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 24-8 halftime lead.

Long Creek got on track in the third quarter when Craig Hunt's shooting from the field heated up.

After being shut out in the first half the senior poured in 10 points including a pair from three-point range, as the Mountaineers (0-3) outscored Monument/Dayville 16-13 to narrow the lead to 37-24 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

In the final quarter the Mountaineers nearly cut the lead to single digits, but a basket and a pair of free throws by Guy Andersen, two hoops by Jake Hyder and solid floor play along with a couple of steals by Ty Smith held Long Creek at bay.

Not much of a talker, Smith said he thought the team played well.

"We did all right. We passed the ball around tonight and I thought we did well," he said.

Smith finished the game with six points.

J. R. Drew scored 12 points for Long Creek and Hunt finished with 10.

Andersen and Kyle Hand scored seven points each for Monument/Dayville and Josh Ewings had six.

Monument/Dayville 60, Ukiah 56UKIAH - On Friday, Cruise blistered the net for a game-high 21 points, Ewings had 16 and Hand scored 15 as the Tigers recorded their first TriCo League win of the year dumping Ukiah 60-56 in a hard-fought game.

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