Mead's James Maher looks for space in the Roosevelt defense during the Mavericks' Tri-Valley League win Thursday night.
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Mead’s James Maher looks for space in the Roosevelt defense during the Mavericks’ Tri-Valley League win Thursday night.

 

LONGMONT — The Mead High boys basketball team was a bit lethargic when it hosted the Roosevelt Roughriders on Thursday night. That didn’t stop the Mavericks from getting their Tri-Valley League schedule started on the right foot.

A bout of team-wide lethargy didn’t prevent sophomore guard Michael Ward from having one of his best scoring games of the season, either.

With Ward pouring in 13 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks eventually relocated their rhythm and defeated the Roughriders 60-43.

“I think we did all right,” Ward said. “We didn’t play our best and we’ve been off for a while so we didn’t have much energy tonight. We didn’t come out very focused in the beginning but it’s still good to get the win. We finally figured out a way to break the press and find the open guys.”

Back in their home gym for the first time since mid-December, the Mavericks got another solid game from senior forward Blake Goodwin (16.6 points per game), who scored 20 points to help Mead outpace the Roughriders.

Ranked ninth in the latest CHSAANow.com poll, the Mavericks (7-2, 1-0 Tri-Valley) have now won seven of their last eight games since losing to top-ranked Longmont High (7-0) in their season opener. Both of their losses are to teams ranked among the top 10 in Class 4A.

Against the Roughriders (3-6, 0-1), the Mavericks weren’t their usual sharp-shooting selves. But after a rough start, Mead head coach Darin Reese said his team pulled it together in the second half.

“Roosevelt came out and they were very deliberate with their ball movement and they were tough when they packed into their zone,” Reese said. “So some of it was them but I think some of it was just that it was our first game back from the break and it’s a little further back than we’re used to. We had some good energy and some run-outs in the first quarter, we just hit a little lull in the second quarter. We made some good adjustments and halftime and the second half was much better.”

Mead (7-2, 1-0) held a narrow 31-30 lead at halftime. But after the midway break, the Mavericks picked up the defense and held the Roughriders (3-6, 0-1) to just three points in the third quarter.

The Mavericks will host their second Tri-Valley opponent in the rival Frederick Warriors (1-8) on Friday night. Though the Warriors are allowing 74.4 points per game, Reese said he and the Mavericks are still expecting a tough contest against the team that finished runner-up to Mead for the Tri-Valley League title last season.

“They’re always a good team and that’s a good rivalry whether we are at their place or ours,” Reese said. “That game is always an exciting match-up and I don’t think we’ll have to worry much about our energy in that one.”

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Mead 60, Roosevelt 43

At Mead H.S.

ROOSEVELT (3-6, 0-1)

Orlando Rivera 1 8-8 10, Orlando Valles 5 4-6 14, Jared Chick 1 0-1 2, Jay McCloughan 3 0-1 6, TJ Sterling 0 0-0 0, Adrian Pastrana 0 0-0 0, Deaunte Hunt 2 0-0 6, Raul Aguirre 0 0-0 0, Jacob Bejarano 1 0-0 2, Chico Hernandez 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 12-16 43.

MEAD (7-2, 1-0)

Ryan Cheung 0 0-0 0, James Maher 1 0-0 2, Anthony Brin 0 0-0 0, Michael Ward 9 1-2 22, Cameron Cheung 0 0-0 0, Walker Korell 3 0-0 7, Jake Cloke 0 0-0 0, Alex Sandstrom 1 0-0 3, Michael Rice 1 0-0 3, Daniel Gernant 1 1-2 3, Blake Goodwin 8 6-9 20. Totals 23 8-13 60.

Score by quarters:

Roosevelt 11 19 3 10 — 43
Mead 14 17 11 18 — 60

3-point field goals — Roosevelt (3): Hunt 2, Hernandez; Mead (5): Ward 3, Korell, Rice. Total fouls — Roosevelt 14, Mead 16.