Eagles drop opener to Farson-Eden

Feb 24, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

St. Stephen's boys were beaten by the Pronghorns, 67-62.

It was a rough opening game for St. Stephen's in the Class 1-A West regional tournament on Thursday, as the Eagles dropped their opener to Farson-Eden by a final of 67-62.

Antonio Divers led St. Stephen's with 24 points, but didn't get enough help from his teammates on the scoresheet, as Nano Spoonhunter and Xavier Hubbard were each limited to eight.

Also not helping the Eagles' cause was the fact both Hubbard and Spoonhunter were in early foul trouble, which gave head coach Ricky Blackburn an additional headache, as he had to shuffle his bench around as a result.

St. Stephen's led 16-14 after the opening period, but the Pronghorns came to life in the second stanza, most notably 6-foot-2 sophomore Lain Mitchelson, who scored seven points on his way to 24 on the game and the Pronghorns led 33-29 at the break.

Not to be outdone by his teammate was another sophomore, 6-foot-3 Clancy Gines, who poured in 27 for Farson-Eden.

Spoonhunter attempted to bring the Eagles back with a follow of his own three-point miss to open the third quarter scoring and followed moments later with a layup off a steal and the contest was tied at 35-35.

However, Mitchelson and Gines continued to light it up for the Pronghorns and at one point in the proceedings, were the only two Farson-Eden players to have scored.

Mitchelson, who entered the game averaging 18.7 points per game, flew right past that mark in the third quarter and Gines already had 26 early in the fourth, with the duo combining for 51 of the Pronghorns' 67 points on the game.

Hubbard fouled out with 6:17 remaining, which spelled the beginning of the end for the Eagles, as Farson-Eden steadily built their advantage and held on for the victory.

The loss left St. Stephen's with an elimination game on Friday against fellow Fremont County squad Dubois, who was defeated by Little Snake River on Thursday evening.

Farson-Eden 14 19 14 20 -- 62

St. Stephen's 16 13 11 22 -- 67

Farson-Eden - Gines 27, Mitchelson 24, Applequist 5, Lucero 5, Malec 4.

St. Stephen's - A. Divers 23, X. Hubbard 8, Spoonhunter 8, Friday 4, Brown 5, I. Divers 4, Ferris 4.