No. 3 Ea­gles get­ting rust o≠ af­ter break

VALOR CHR. 65, W. RIDGE 53

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Neil H. Devlin Neil H. Devlin: nde­vlin@ den­ver­post. com or @ neilde­vlin

wheat ridge » It was, Troy Pach­ner said, “rough.”

In his 18th sea­son as a head coach, the pre­vi­ous 17 at D’Eve­lyn, Valor Chris­tian’s first- year boss knows about early Jan­uary games in Colorado.

His Ea­gles had one in a 65- 53 vic­tory against host Wheat Ridge on Wed­nes­day night to open Class 4A Jef­fer­son County League play and start it back up af­ter the hol­i­day break.

“I didn’t think we were very good tonight,” said Pach­ner, not­ing his team’s lack of re­bound­ing. “( But) Wheat Ridge played hard andwe didn’t bring it. Credit Wheat Ridge.”

It also was Pach­ner’s 300th ca­reer vic­tory, but it still didn’t wash away what he thought could have been a bet­ter game to enjoy.

As it was, the Ea­gles, 8- 0 over­all, 1- 0 in league and ranked No. 3 in The As­so­ci­ated Press’ 4A me­dia poll, twice ran away and tried to hide from the Farm­ers ( 5- 2, 0- 1), only to have them re­spond.

Ju­nior Jalen San­ders led the Ea­gles with 21 points. Booker Schel­haas added 14 and Kayle Knuck­les added 12 as Valor man­aged to come up with an­swers.

“It’s a game of runs and we just have to be bet­ter than that and, hope­fully, our runs will be bet­ter,” San­ders said.

Xavier Dreil­ing led the Farm­ers with 16 points, but de­fen­sive lapses and turnovers kept them chas­ing as did just 13 points over the first and third quar­ters and 5- of- 13 free- throw­shoot­ing.

Valor will visit Golden on Fri­day.

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