(01/07/2011)
By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

While it wasn't a win it was something to build on Calhoun basketball coach Danny Bunch said.

"We could have won this game," he continued, "although we didn't I was very proud of the way they played tonight."

Bunch said his team could have easily have given up after being drubbed by Wirt 66-16 last Thursday, but it didn't.

And while losing a 37-33 decision to Roane County Tuesday night was not the win hoped for, it was a good starting point.

Calhoun trailed most of the game and had fallen behind by 12 points early in the second half. But that's when the lights seemed to come on for the Red Devils, 0-10. Calhoun mounted a furious rally and closed to within four before running out of time.

Freshman Ryan Slider led the Red Devils with a game high 14 points. He was backed by Jordan Panarello with nine. Bronson Clark added four, Trent Phillips three, Mason Sheldon two and Tyler Bennett one.

No player for Roane County scored in double figures, something that Bunch noted.

"That's the first time that has happened this year," Bunch said. "We played very good defense."

Such was not the case in the junior varsity game as Roane roared to an 87-27 victory.

Mason led Calhoun with six while Ricky Hall and Slider added five apiece. Luke Moore and Cameron Corder had three each, Derek Dawson and Zack Thomas two each and James Ball one.

Calhoun returns to action Saturday night (weather permitting) against highly regarded Clarksburg Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish downed Calhoun 82-27 in the Notre Dame Holiday Tournament during the winter break.


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