DAYVILLE - Monument/Dayville boys basketball coach Skip Inscore said the Tigers made some mistakes in weekend games against Crane and Burnt River, but held things together to record a pair of victories and up their season record in the TriCo League to 7-4.
On Friday, the Tigers traveled to Crane and came away with a hard-fought 67-59 win over the Mustangs.
In Saturday's matchup against Burnt River the Tigers outscored the Bulls in three of four quarters to roll to a 70-34 victory.
Monument/Dayville 67 Crane 59
Inscore said the Crane game was a tale of two halves.
"They outplayed us in the first half and we outplayed them in the second," he said.
The Tigers (10-5 overall), trailed 32-25 after the first half of action, but got their offense in gear in the second half scoring a whopping 43 points while giving up 27.
"We were flat at the start of the game and committed too many turnovers," Inscore said. "In the second half, we had a strong defensive showing led by our seniors. Free throws made the difference down the stretch, and we made 72 percent of our shots from the line. This is the best we've done this season."
Brad Woosley scored a game-high 22 points, with teammates Mani Martin and Carl Peterson adding 15 points each to lead the Tigers.
Kyle Joyce scored 17 and Wes Davies had 12 for Crane.
Burnt River 34
Saturday's matchup against Burnt River started out badly for the Tigers.
"Mani Martin rolled an ankle during warmups and was unable to play," Inscore said. "At first we thought he'd torn some ligaments, but its just sprained and he should be back in about a week."
Monument/Dayville went right to work taking a 17-8 lead after the first eight minutes of play and adding 19 second-quarter points to go up 36-11 at halftime.
"We dominated the boards at both ends the entire game and held a 48-21 rebounding advantage," Inscore said. "With Mani out, I was pleased with the way Guy (Andersen), Cody (Riggs), Josh (Ewings) and Nathan (Rayburn) stepped up and ran the team. We only turned the ball over 13 times."
Peterson led the Tigers with a game-high 21 points. Riggs had 12 and Andersen along with Ewings scored eight points each.
Clayton Kezerle led Burnt River with nine points.