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Cougars fire on all cylinders, rout Lobos

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By Brian Forbes

EVERGREEN — It probably won’t be the plot of the next X-Files movie, but Scott Haebe knows he saw something strange this season. And it happened again Feb. 11.

“I have no answers for this,” the longtime Evergreen boys coach said after the Cougars trounced their rival Conifer Lobos. “We’ve played our two best games of the year against them. That’s unusual.”

The Cougars’ 84-47 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory was a simple case of a team that could do no wrong versus a team that could do no right. But the Cougars were so right – hitting every shot, getting points from just about every player on the floor, forcing turnovers, converting on the break and in the half-court, sinking free throws and dominating the boards – that it was bordering on the surreal.

To use another word: Disciplined.

“It’s fun when a team plays like that,” Haebe said.

“We had a lot of fun out there,” Evergreen senior Chris Hudak said.

Hudak scored 14 points off the bench as five Cougars scored in double figures. Kurt Dieter led all scorers with 18 points, eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Ryan Haebe scored 12 points, Chris Lemasters had 11 and Maciah Herbert chipped in with 10.

The Cougars improved to 9-3 in Jeffco, 15-6 overall, while the Lobos slipped to 4-8, 8-13.

The Lobos actually led in the early stages before the Cougars broke a 7-7 tie and caught fire. The Lobos trailed by eight at the end of the first quarter and were down 25 at halftime, both compliments of late 3-pointers by Hudak.

The Lobos never took another breath. They were down by 35 in third quarter and 39 with three minutes remaining in the fourth after Tom Aramovich’s 3-pointer from the left wing – one of six by the Cougars on the evening.

“It’s real frustrating,” Conifer junior Kalvin Winter said. “I mean, last week I think we’re finally coming together as a team against D’Evelyn, and then we come out here and – I don’t know if we’re scared because of the crowd – but we just weren’t ready to play. I’ll figure it out in practice. We got a lot to work on.”

Stephen Theiss was the lone bright spot for the Lobos as the junior had eight points and nine rebounds. Winter had 11 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter, while Jared Tadlock had eight points off the bench.

The Lobos committed 27 fouls compared to just 15 by the Cougars.