Soroco plays solid in games

One night after losing a tough game against Meeker, the Soroco boys basketball team responded by defeating North Park for the second time in less than a month.

The Rams beat the Wildcats, 53-43, on North Park's court Saturday. Soroco got the better of North Park in Oak Creek on Dec. 19, as well.

On Friday, Soroco lost to Meeker 51-59, in a game that could have gone either way.

"I felt like going into the North Park game that it was going to be tough," Rams coach Andy Smith said. "They didn't seem fired up and didn't seem excited to be there, especially after the Meeker game, but we played really well."

Soroco and North Park played close through the first half before the Rams asserted themselves in the second, Smith said. Three late technical fouls against North Park gave Soroco the cushion it needed to secure the win, as the Rams outscored the Wildcats 25-14 in the final eight minutes.

Junior Tony Iacovetto led the way for Soroco with 15 points. Iacovetto also was the leading scorer Friday against Meeker with 17 points.

Senior Jack Means chipped in 15 points against the Cowboys, as well.

"Meeker's a pretty tough team, and we couldn't quite hold it out at the end," Smith said.

Senior Matt Cartas was a force in the paint all weekend, Smith said, rebounding and blocking at will, particularly in the Meeker game.

The weekend split moves Soroco to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in Western Slope play.

The Rams return to action against Plateau Valley at 8 p.m. on Friday on the road. Soroco returns to Oak Creek for a 6 p.m. game against Paonia on Saturday.

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