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1 year ago @ 10:02AM

Dolores winter sport Survey
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1 year ago @ 11:32AM

Dolores finds stride in comeback win over Norwood

Dolores finds stride in comeback win over Norwood

‘Unselfish’ Dolores team finds stride with two wins

Dakota Smith eyes the basket for shot Thursday night in Dolores.Enlargephoto

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Dakota Smith eyes the basket for shot Thursday night in Dolores.

With the regular season winding down, the Dolores boys basketball team (10-8 overall, 6-5 in SJBL) is playing its best basketball of the season and looking to make waves in the playoffs.

 
Tristan Medina looks for an open teammate for a pass Thursday night in Dolores.Enlargephoto

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Tristan Medina looks for an open teammate for a pass Thursday night in Dolores.

Opening last weekend at home against Norwood (8-8 overall, 6-4 in SJBL) on Feb. 9, the Bears came from 12 points behind to register a 50-44 win.

Keying the Bears victory was strong interior play from sophomores Dakota Smith, who scored 12 points, and Tristan Swaggerty, who scored 15 points. Tristan Medina led Dolores on the perimeter with 15 points.

Shortly after taking an 8-5 lead midway through the first quarter after a three-pointer from Medina, the Bears’ offense struggled to score and as a result, Norwood pulled ahead 24-12 with 4:30 left in the second quarter after a three-pointer from senior Ethan Shaw.

Dolores quickly responded with an 8-0 run punctuated by a baseline layup by Smith, which was set up by a perfect bounce pass from Swaggerty at the high post. Later in the second quarter, the Bears’ big men teamed up again as Swaggerty rebounded a Smith miss and scored at the halftime buzzer to cut Norwood’s lead to 27-24.

“When we run the (high-low) and (Smith) and I work together, nobody can stop it,” Swaggerty said. “When I’m high and (Smith) is on the bottom, it’s wide open every time.”

Kicking off the third-quarter with a 5-0 run, Dolores seized a 29-27 lead before turning the ball over on several consecutive possessions and falling behind 34-29.

Momentum permanently shifted when Smith was called for an offensive foul on a play in which the Norwood defender’s feet appeared far from set. Rather than pout at the referee’s questionable call, Smith turned his energy up several notches, and his entire team followed suit, closing the quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 42-32 lead.

“I was really shook up about that play,” Smith said, when asked about the questionable offensive foul call. “I just came back and kept on taking it to them.”

Despite Norwood’s best attempts to close the gap in the fourth quarter, Dolores maintained control thanks to unselfish play on the offensive end. After the game, Schwartz mentioned his team’s willingness to pass the ball.

“This is probably the most unselfish group of basketball players that I have coached since 2013 when we made that great run,” Schwartz said. “These guys have character, they have heart, and they have fight.”

Asked about Schwartz’s comments, Swaggerty said that the Bears’ unselfishness and energy is a product of the hard-work of their head coach.

“Schwartz is an energizer, and he works so hard,” Swaggerty said. “When coach gets you going, you can do anything.”

Following up their victory over Norwood, Dolores traveled to Ridgway (2-15 overall, 0-9 in SJBL) and defeated the Demons 54-38 on Feb. 10. The Bears then lost a heartbreaker at home to Telluride (10-6 overall, 8-2 in SJBL), 54-51, on Feb. 11

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1 year ago @ 11:31AM

Dolores Bears turn back energized Mancos Blue Jays

Dolores Bears turn back energized Mancos Blue Jays

Dolores overcomes early deficit to defeat Mancos in San Juan Basin League rivalry game

Dolores sophomore Dakota Smith collects himself before scoring a layup over Mancos freshman Caden Showalter at the Mancos Performance Center on Friday, Feb. 17.Enlargephoto

Ian MacLaren/For The Journal

Dolores sophomore Dakota Smith collects himself before scoring a layup over Mancos freshman Caden Showalter at the Mancos Performance Center on Friday, Feb. 17.

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to reflect that the Mancos-Dolores game is at 6 p.m., Feb. 21 in Dolores.

 

Playing in front of a loud and boisterous crowd at the Mancos Performance Center on Feb. 17, the Dolores boys basketball team survived an upset bid by Mancos and walked away with a 63-57 victory.

Crucial for the Bears was the ability to weather an early storm that saw the Blue Jays seize a 14-5 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to tough man-to-man defense and eight early points from junior Caleb Yoder.

Mancos’ lead grew to 24-14 later in the first half thanks to six second-quarter points from freshman Caden Showalter, who fought through consistent double-teams and scored three easy buckets near the low block.

Dolores weathered the early storm however, and after a slicing layup by senior Tristan Medina off a pass from Swaggerty and four straight points from Smith, Dolores tied the game, 26-26 with less than a minute left in the first quarter.

A driving layup by Medina with 10 seconds left in the first half put Dolores ahead 28-26 and after the game, Dolores head coach Larry Schwartz commended his team for fighting back.

“This was a hostile environment, and (Mancos) came out ready to play,” Schwartz said. “There was a lot of blue in the stands and it was a great rivalry night. I’m really proud of my boys. They hung in there and persevered.”

With both teams looking to gain momentum after the halftime intermission, Yoder and Medina reminded fans of the intensity of the Mancos-Dolores rivalry during an entertaining sequence that featured the sharpshooting guards exchanging three-point buckets and barbs.

After Yoder pushed Medina to the floor with his right, drained a long three and held his hand in the air while back peddling down the court, Medina drove the length of the court and drilled a three of his own with Yoder looking on.

Immediately after sinking the shot, the Dolores senior turned to Mancos fans and pressed his finger to his lips as if to remind everyone that Bears would not be going away anytime soon.

Three-pointers by junior Justin Purkat and junior Christopher Rudosky later in the third quarter put Dolores ahead 46-36 before a 5-1 run by Mancos cut the Dolores lead to 47-42 entering the fourth quarter.

The Blue Jays would pull even closer when a three-pointer by freshman Nic Baikie cut the Dolores lead to 53-51, but an 8-0 run Bears’ run following the Mancos bucket all but sealed the Blue Jays fate.

“We played hard the whole game, no doubt about it,” said Mancos head coach Ed Aiken. “We had our moments where things didn’t go our way and we made some errors, but we played well throughout. We just came up short.”

Showalter and Yoder led the Blue Jays in scoring with 18 points each, while Swaggerty and Smith scored 17 points each to lead Dolores.

Now finished with their regular seasons, Mancos (6-13 overall, 3-9 in SJBL) and Dolores (11-8 overall, 7-5 in SJBL) will face off in the pigtail game of the Class 2A District 1 Tournament in Dolores on Feb. 21. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

“I definitely encourage everyone to come and watch,” Medina said. “We’re going to play for the right to go to Districts. If we win, it will be the first time in a long time that (Dolores) has been to Districts.”

“Our goal is to make some noise,” said Aiken, when asked about his team’s goals for the postseason. “Our goal is to make our presence felt.”


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