Heritage was ahead early in the Jan. 22 league boys basketball game against Castle View before the Sabercats took control of the tempo and built a 50-37 lead going into the final quarter. Though the Eagles battled back, their rally fell short, and …
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Heritage was ahead early in the Jan. 22 league boys basketball game against Castle View before the Sabercats took control of the tempo and built a 50-37 lead going into the final quarter. Though the Eagles battled back, their rally fell short, and the Sabercats won 64-57.
“This was a tough game,” Heritage coach Jentry Byleveld said, “and we didn't play well early.”
Heritage was ahead after the first quarter. Castle View found its range from behind the three-point line and took the lead 18-15 with 5:55 left in the second period. The Sabercats built on the lead and appeared to be firmly in control of the game as they led 50-37 going into the final quarter.
But Heritage mounted a determined rally. Steals, fast-break baskets and on-the-mark outside shots cut the lead to five points with about a minute left in the game. Heritage, however, could get no closer as Castle View hung on to win.
Jack Peck led the Eagles in scoring with 23 points, Tomas Ornelas scored 17, and John Carlson added nine points.
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Coach Byleveld said he was proud that his team refused to quit and mounted a strong rally.
“The kids played hard and made it close,” he said. “Unfortunately it was too little too late.”
He said he saw a lot of good things happen during the game, particularly during the rally.
“We got things going when we picked up the tempo,” he said. “I liked what I saw, and it could be the style of the future for us.”
Ornelas said he likes the fast-paced play.
“It was a physical game like it always is, but the fast pace helps open it up so we can get to the basket,” he said.
The Eagles had an overall record of 4-11 and a league record of 0-3 following the loss to Castle View. Heritage continues league play at home Jan. 29 against Regis and on the road Feb. 2 at Highlands Ranch.
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