On December 2, the Pueblo West Cyclone Boy’s Basketball team fought for a win against Resurrection Christian in the Holiday tournament, playing their fourth game so far this week. As for this match, either side furnished an intense and upbeat game, leaving the fans on the edge of their seats and leaving the game remembered as a barn burner.
Throughout the match, three-pointers and two-pointers were thrust into the nets left and right. On the Cyclones side, Alec Cash scored two-pointer lay-ups and three-pointers. At one point in the game, he even slid on his belly, flinging a ball into his teammate’s hands from the ground.
Logan Garcia and Julian Lucero also made major impacts on the game, getting their fair share of two-pointers and three-pointers. However, on the Resurrection Christian’s side, three-pointers seemed to be their specialty, with players swishing them from outside the three-pointer line. The game was thrown into a violent and physical match, with either side colliding in desperation to retrieve the basketball.
When asked about how long they have been playing, both Garcia and Lucero stated that they have been going at it since the age of four. When it comes to what inspired them, Lucero responded by reminiscing, “I was kinda just born with a basketball, I guess. I’ve always, just, I just used to have this little hoop, a little toddler’s hoop, and I would just get a little ball, and I just shot it forever. It was just always fun for me.” On Logan’s side, he laughed, “I just thought that… I loved playing sports and I played in every sport. In middle school, I just stuck to basketball.” When it comes to goals this season, both players wish to make it to state championships and win.
This season, the Cyclones have been faced with shifting strategies due to new leadership, coming in the form of Coach Tahern. Tahern coached basketball for three years before taking the position at PWHS. When asked about what his goals for the season are, he replied, “Well, right now, we are just trying to take it one game at a time and one win at a time, and focus on our next opponent. But, I know that our boys have lofty goals at the end of the season, and when the state championship comes around, we try to take… we try to focus on one game at a time, right now.”
Tahern’s views over the challenges faced by the Cyclones are, “Right now, there is just a new system with not very much practice time, and we played four games in six days, and so we haven’t had time for practicing. We’re really, really tired right now, but … that’s kind of the biggest challenge – is to have the guys ready and have a new system without very much practice time.” On another note, Coach Tahern considered his players as friends and enjoys practicing with them, relaying, “They want to have a really successful season, and that makes it easy as a coach when they show up ready to work hard every single day.”
After this season, Coach Tahern hopes to leave his team with a message, which he communicated as, “I’d just like to prepare our guys for life after Pueblo West basketball or after Pueblo West High School, and the lessons that are learned with basketball, they’ll be able to take along with them after they graduate.”
Back into the highlights of the game; the rivalry hit a turning point in the fourth quarter when both teams were met with a tie with only a few minutes remaining. This would soon be changed, leading the Cyclones into the lead when Taylor Harris lay-upped the ball into the net, guiding the Cyclones into a score of 63-59. With twenty-nine seconds left in the game, the Cyclones were given a technical foul, scoring two points off of the opportunity, while Resurrection Christian gained five more points with a two and three-pointer. However, the Cyclones were able to solidify their triumph through #2’s success in scoring both of his free throws.
Either side boasted impressive skill, but the Cyclones were able to acquire the final piece of the puzzle, gaining another victory in the tournament.