Warriors win battle of 2-0 area teams

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Arapahoe senior Jacob Pruitt leaves his Southwest opponent in a blurry state after controlling the basketball in Tuesday's Cattle Trail Tournament opening-round game.
R.B. Headley/McCook Gazette

McCOOK, Neb. — Going back to junior high didn’t agree with the Southwest Roughriders Tuesday afternoon.

Several Rider shots refused to drop through McCook Junior High rims, and Arapahoe Warriors like Yordi Gutierrez hit enough clutch shots for a 44-34 Cattle Trail Tournament triumph.

Gutierrez’s 15 points often answered Southwest baskets.

Relentless defensive pressure took care of the rest for those 3-0 Warriors.

Arapahoe rarely allowed any open shots and sometimes caused Southwest to rush other attempts.

“We like to play fast, but we also have to realize when you need to slow down,” Christian Arterburn about his first defeat as the Riders’ head coach.

Both teams brought great defensive numbers into the tourney: Southwest allowed only eight points on Friday and Arapahoe permitted 11.

The first five minutes featured more fouls than combined points.

Southwest (2-1)took a 9-3 lead which reached 12-5 on junior Blake Williams long-range “three”.

Yet the Warriors kept scrapping and chipping until they forced an 18-18 halftime tie.

Arapahoe actually never trailed again.

The Warriors hit their first shot after halftime, and Gutierrez finished his own steal for a 22-18 advantage.

Sophomore Bryan Leslie’s powerful drive to the hoop meant three Southwest points, but Gutierrez matched that and senior Jacob Eichenberger soon blocked a ’Rider shot. Arapahoe moved ahead 31-24 through three periods.

ARAPAHOE (44) — Yordi Gutierrez 15 points, Spencer Watson 9, Jacob Pruitt 7, Noah Koller 5, Jacob Eichenberger 5, Carson Schroeder 2, Parker Ehrke 1.

SOUTHWEST (34) — Logan Greenlee 15 points, Bryan Leslie 9, Dylan Hofman 5, Blake Williams 3, Derek Greenlee 1, Caleb Shald 1.

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