The Pueblo Chieftan

Cyclones boys rally to beat Canon

Coming off three consecutive losses Pueblo West boys basketball coach Bob Tyler knew his team had to make some changes.

The team needed to quit making elementary mistakes and start playing smart, tough basketball.

Tyler told them just that in no-nonsense languge before their game last Friday against Canon City.

Tyler’s words must have hit home. Pueblo West pulled out a tight, 53-51, victory over Canon to snap a streak that had seen them fall to East (74-60), Central (83-63) and South (58-40)

“Before the game, I stressed to my team that is was time to start acting like a winning team and grow up,” Tyler said. “They took that straight to heart and played their hearts out on the court. They played smart and I am very proud of how they played.” Freshman David Simental showed true grown-up character on the court that game. “With only 2 seconds left in the game, he (Simental) drilled two free throws to seal the win.” The victory was even sweeter because it was a come-from-behind effort against the tough Canon City Tigers. The Cyclones started off slow in the first half but came back in the third quarter with a vengeance. “During the third quarter, I told my team to just ‘Go play some basketball’ and by doing that I let some other players on the court and that absolutely helped us out.” “We left Canon City as victors but we also left as adults. I am very pleased with my team,” explained Coach Tyler. The Cyclones play East at home Tuesday night and Central on the road Friday.

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