Kyle Hultgren fired in 15 points and Brett Wright added 14 leading the Wheatridge Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team to a 60-31 home win Jan. 18 versus Monticello Trails.
Wright’s three-pointer to start the game got WMS rolling and by halftime the Mustangs owned a 26-21 lead.
In the second half, WMS stepped up its defense and got the transition game going to score 34 points.
“This might be the best basketball I’ve seen by an eighth-grade team,” said Coach John Bass. “To score 60 points in just 24 minutes and have a running clock the final four minutes is special.”
Josh Lang had 13 points and three three-pointers and Chad Enright added 12 points and three three-pointers. Sean Callahan grabbed three offensive rebounds; Kyle Stubler dished out four assists and Traezon Henderson collected four steals.
It was the same winning story in junior varsity action as WMS posted a hard-fought 35-30 win versus Monticello.
Trailing 12-9 at halftime, WMS unloaded for 17 third-quarter points and went up 26-17 heading into the final frame. WMS withstood a furious fourth-quarter Timberwolf rally and secured the five-point win.
Leading the way was Derek Plank with seven points while Hayes Favinger added six points and grabbed nine rebounds. Derek Ruddy and Anthony Smartt had four points; Grant Hamblin, three; Brody Kauffman, two; and David Rossi and Ashton Vega, one point.