By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Coyotes Drop Two in Weekend Play


December 19, 2018

Potter-Dix’s Coyote boy’s basketball team continued to struggle over the weekend, facing two very good teams as they searched for their first win of the season.

On Friday, the Coyotes traveled to Iliff, Colo., to take on the Caliche Buffaloes in a non-conference matchup. The Lady Buffs defeated Potter-Dix 75-35.

The game started with a fast, physical first quarter that had the teams trading scores, ending the first period with Potter-Dix leading by two, 15-to-13.

In the second quarter, however, the Coyotes continued to play hard and get good looks from the field, but the shots wouldn’t fall and the Buffaloes outscored the Coyotes 17-to-2 in the period to give the home team a 30-to-17 advantage at the half.

“We came out very strong, getting a lot of guys involved in the first quarter”, said Potter-Dix head coach Ryan Mumm, adding, “we continued to get good looks in the second period, buy the shots wouldn’t fall.”

The Coyotes continued to play hard in the third quarter, but couldn’t make up any ground as they were outscored 19-to-16 in the period. By the fourth period, Caliche was in full control of the game and pulled away with a 26-to-2 scoring explosion to end the game with a 75-to-35 victory.

“Defensively, we did a lot of good thing in the first half to limit a very tough Caliche team to only 30 points. But as the second half progressed, especially into the fourth quarter, we just ran out of gas,” Mumm commented on the loss.

The Coyotes next traveled to Arthur on Saturday to face the Arthur County Wolves, and it was apparent early that the previous night’s game had taken a toll on the Potter-Dix squad.

The Wolves rolled up a 20-to-6 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to a 39-to-17 lead at halftime. Arthur County then outscored the Coyotes 29-to-15 in the second half to walk away 68-to-32 winners.

“It was evident quickly that the team was physically and mentally drained from Friday night’s game. Offensively, we struggled to find a rhythm and defensively we just couldn’t stop Arthur County,” Mumm commented on Saturday’s game.

Potter-Dix needs to wait until next year to try for their first win of the season as they’re next scheduled game is January 4 when they travel to face Bayard.


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