Bandits 8th grade A boys basketball

On Saturday, the Clear Creek Middle School 8th grade Bandits A basketball team played in a triangular in Sheridan and faced some tough 3A opponents. 

In the first game, the Bandits dismantled Worland 64-12. The Bandits got out to a quick 16-3 first quarter lead and never took their foot off the gas.

"Everything we do starts with our energy and effort on defense," said coach Derek Andrews. "It leads to quick baskets and fast breaks for our transition offense."

The Bandits hit 9 3-pointers and were lead by Konnor Rodriguez with five 3s and  17 points. Ryan Nicholas poured in 14 points. 

In the second game of the day, the Bandits faced Powell — another future 3A opponent.  

"Powell was bigger and much more physical than Worland," said Andrews. "Our defense still game out strong holding Powell to three first quarter points while we scored 13."

The Bandits built their momentum while wearing Powell down in the 59-42 win.  Scoring was balanced with Rodriguez and Chase Hatch each scoring 15 points.  "The kids enjoyed getting to play more 3A opponents and have good success against them," Andrews said.  

On Tuesday, the Bandits hosted Sage Valley at home and the name of the game was "defense" in the lopsided 57-16 Bandit victory. 

The Bandits got out to an early 20-7 first quarter lead using a pressure defense. And that was as good as it was going to get for Sage Valley, because the Bandits held the Eagles scoreless for the entire second and third quarters of play.

"Fourteen minutes holding them without a point which was quite an accomplishment for the team," Andrews said.

Hatch had a double-double, leading the team in scoring with 18 and 10 boards. Rodriguez was good for 10. Brady Engling and Hayden Jawors had seven rebounds apiece. Marshall Peters lead the team with four assists. 

The Bandits are averaging 53 points per game while only giving up 30 to their opponents on the season. 

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