After 11 days off the court, Tuesday night was a good primer for the Bobcats’ rematch Friday night in Cortez.
The Ignacio High School boys basketball team beat Nucla 90-20 in the pigtail game at IHS to “get the cobwebs off” before the Bobcats will play Telluride in the first round of the San Juan Basin League tournament.
The Miners won their last matchup 60-50 to hand Ignacio (16-5, 7-2 SJBL) one of just “four” losses on the season.
The Bobcats were forced to forfeit to Norwood on Saturday because of a state rule limiting the number of games high school teams can play. That oversight set up Tuesday’s play-in game against Nucla.
“It was just good to get back on the floor,” IHS head coach Chris Valdez said.
Kelton Richmond led the Bobcats’ offensive effort with 16 points. Wyatt Hayes added 15, and Clayton Jefferson scored 12. IHS senior Austin Haire scored 10 points in his final home game, as did Bo and Tucker Ward.
In his first game returning from an ankle injury, Adison Jones scored nine.
“Our main thing was working on our passing. It was terrible last time we were up there (at Telluride) – passing into the post,” Valdez said.
“And defensively, not getting beat off the dribble,” Valdez said – something the Bobcats did more than two dozen times in their loss to the Miners.
With the win, the Bobcats secured their rematch at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Cortez.
The Ignacio girls basketball team will play Ridgway at 7 p.m. in Cortez, also the IML Tournament.