Even though the Fowler boys played hard at the La Junta Holiday Shoot Out, they lost all three of their games.


The Fowler High School boys’ basketball team lost all three of its games at the 23rd Annual La Junta Shootout this past weekend.
“We played well Thursday night and challenged Sanford and matched them physically well,” said Grizzlies coach Scott Epperly. “On Friday, we had a tough game against Lamar and didn’t get back on transition defense, and Saturday our shooting just went cold. My shooters probably went 0-18 from the field and we’re going to have nights like that  But I’m proud of the boys.”
The Grizzlies fell behind the eventual tournament champion Sanford 17-6 after the first quarter on Thursday. They were able to stay with the Indians for much of the first half, but trailed at halftime by a score of 28-16.
Sanford stretched the lead to 45-30 after the third quarter. Fowler attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter scoring 20 points, but eventually lost by 11 points.
Three Grizzlies scored in double figures. Junior Skyler Laver was Fowler’s top scorer with 16 points, followed by senior Tryon Goff with 13 and junior A.J. Hobby with 10.
Sanford’s Tommy Caldon led all scorers with 21 points.
On Friday, the Grizzlies trailed Lamar after the first quarter 11-7. The Savages had a 27-19 lead at halftime and they led 42-32 after the third quarter.
After staying within striking distance of Lamar for the first three quarters, the Grizzlies went cold in the fourth scoring only five points, while Lamar scored 21.
Fowler had its problems at the free throw line making only seven of 18 attempts.
Goff was the Grizzlies’ top scorer against Lamar with 12 points. Laver scored nine.
Three Savages scoring in double figures. Isiah Martinez scored 21 points, followed by Ryan Choat with 15 and Branson Jennings with 14.
Fowler had an early 3-2 lead against Del Norte on Saturday. But the Tigers recovered from the early deficit and went on to lead 16-12 after the first quarter.
Fowler’s scoring cold streak began in the second quarter as it scored only six points compared to 15 for Del Norte as the Tigers led at halftime 31-18.
Del Norte increased its lead to 44-24 after the third quarter and it outscored the Grizzlies 13-9 in the fourth quarter.
Goff was Fowler’s top scorer with 13 points, followed by Laver with eight.
Kaleb Stephens led Del Norte with 15 points and Kevin Trujillo scored 10.
Epperly was still pleased with several facets of the Grizzlies’ game this past weekend.
“We got contributions from our bench,” he said. “Our young kids are playing well and we have a couple of freshmen and sophomores who contributed on Saturday. Tryon Goff has been playing well at the high post. We passed the ball around the perimeter, we’re just not hitting shots right now. That’s our Achilles heel.”
Fowler (1-3) hosts Calhan on Friday in the Grizzlies final game before the holiday break.
“Calhan graduated their top six players last year,” Epperly said. “But they had a really deep bench and a strong junior varsity team, so they’ll be tough.