IHS boys look different Saturday

For starters, they end with a loss

The Ignacio High School boys basketball team wasn’t the same one Saturday quit night that beat Utah’s No. 3, Monticello, on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s team limited its turnovers and kept its feet moving.

Saturday’s team got beat off the dribble and gave the ball away for free.

The Bobcats lost to the San Juan Basin League rival Telluride Miners 60-50 on Saturday night in Telluride.

“We came out real sluggish,” IHS head coach Chris Valdez said. “And then, you know, we just started making a bunch of mistakes.

“All kinds.”

The Bobcats trailed 21-19 at halftime, but turnover over the ball nine times in the third quarter, Valdez said.

The guards kept trying to pass into the post players, “making horrible passes.”

And the Bobcats rimmed out half a dozen layups in the second half.

But Valdez took responsibility for not making sure his team was ready for the game.

“I need to make my team a little better prepared for what we have to do,” he said.

Despite some costly turnovers, Clayton Jefferson led the team with 22 points.

Kelton Richmond added 11, and Justin Carver scored 10.

A sick Wyatt Hayes had seven points despite throwing up at halftime.

Big man Adison Jones missed the game. He’s still recovering from an ankle injury.

Ignacio (14-4 overall, 5-1 SJBL) faces a must-win game against Norwood on Saturday at IHS if the Bobcats hope to share in the league title.

Telluride, Dolores and Ignacio all are tied for the top of the league standings with one loss.