16-0 with three games left
The Crested Butte Titans boys team cruised through their weekend match ups with back-to-back wins to remain undefeated and on top of the Southern Peaks league.
It started with a road trip to the San Luis Valley to face Mountain Valley on Friday, February 6. It was no secret that the game would precede without incident as the Titans handed Mountain Valley a 63-17 crushing earlier in the season.
The Titans made quick work of Mountain Valley in the first quarter led by senior John Wright. Paced by 11 points from Wright and stout team defense, the Titans took a 15-1 lead.
Wright added seven more points in the second quarter and the Titans defense held Mountain Valley to just five points giving Crested Butte a 33-6 lead at the half.
From there, coach Robin Loyed looked to his bench to finish the game as the Titans rolled to a 59-21 win.
Freshman Anton Peck and sophomore Sky Egelhoff scored eight points each, senior Robbie Holleran knocked down six points and pulled down eight rebounds and sophomore Jake Grogg scored five points, had six assists and four rebounds.
“It was an overall team effort with eight Titans scoring,” says Loyed.
The team returned to Mt. Olympus to host Moffat on Saturday, February 7.
Again, there was not much drama heading into the game with the Titans handling Moffat rather easily earlier in the year.
The same was the case on Saturday as the Titans put together their best offensive quarter of the season scoring 32 points in the first quarter to jump out to a 25-point lead.
While Holleran and Wright dominated inside, senior Chris Sharpe reigned down from outside draining three-pointers at will.
The barrage continued through the second and third quarters with the trio of seniors lighting up the scoreboard as the Titans built a 76-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The bench players carried the weight through the fourth quarter outscoring Moffat 12-5 in the fourth to finish the 81-38 Titans’ win.
Sharpe led the Titans with a career high 26 points including hitting seven of 11 from three-point range.
“That was critical,” says Loyed of Sharpe’s performance. “Teams are going to start packing it inside around Robbie and John.”
Holleran registered yet another double double with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Wright shot eight of 10 from the perimeter for a total of 18 points, had nine rebounds and eight assists.
Sophomore point guard Henry Linehan dropped in seven points including shooting five for five from the free throw line.
“It was great to see that,” says Loyed. “He’s going to get fouled later in the year and he’s got to knock those down.”
The Titans host Sierra Grande this Friday, February 13 at 6 p.m. and while the Titans beat Sierra Grande earlier in the season as well, Loyed remains concerned about the upcoming game.
“They’ve been playing some good ball and we’re not going to take them lightly,” says Loyed. “We want to have a good game against Sierra Grande and try and build some momentum.”
The Titans final home game of the regular season will be Saturday, February 14 against Aguilar at 2:15 p.m.