The Clear Creek Middle School Bandits seventh grade A boys basketball team finished fourth in the Northeast District basketball tournament, losing a pair of games.

The Bandits opened up action against Sheridan, losing 51-38.

“This was the best game that we’ve played against Sheridan this season. It was a close game until they pulled away late in the fourth quarter,” coach Dick Edgcomb said. “It was a real team effort as all 10 of our players scored and everyone played tough man-to-man defense.”

Nate Miner had 10 points, Cooper Myers nine and James Ihnat four. Turner Preuit scored three and Ezekiel Ramirez, Lane Rabel, Jason Billings, Abel Teten, Sam Wagner and Johnathan Rosalez each had two. 

In the third-place game, the Bandits fell to Twin Spruce 48-43.

“Twin Spruce avenged their earlier conference game loss to us. We took the lead early in the fourth quarter, but they battled back to win in the end,” Edgcomb said.

Rosalez led the team with 15 points, Miner had nine and Preuit was good for eight. Wagner and Myers had four apiece; Ramirez added two and Rabel added one.

“It’s been an interesting year with this team,” Edgcomb said. “I feel that several kids have emerged as very good basketball players, and as a team, we came a long way. It will be fun to watch them as they continue to grow together.”

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