CALHAN • Buried back in the Eastern plains of Colorado, there lies a talented, high-flying high school basketball team.
The Calhan Bulldogs (3-2 overall, 1-0 Black Forest League) are worth the drive.
Overwhelming Pikes Peak Christian with a 26-0 second quarter and 33 straight points, Calhan dominated the Eagles (3-4, 0-1) 66-24 Friday night.
“Calhan came out and played a pressure defense. It really threw us out of our offensive schemes,” Eagles coach Dale Miller said. “Credit to Calhan for playing excellent defense – and yeah, we didn’t handle it very well.”
From the 2-minute mark in the first quarter to the midway point of the third quarter, Calhan shut out and knocked out the Eagles.
In the midst of the 26-0 second quarter, Juston Scott and Garrett Balsick each scored eight points to lead the one-sided affair.
With 3 minutes left in the half, Scott, who finished with 14 points, stole the ball at the timeline and threw in a layup to make it 30-11. After consecutive Eagles turnovers, Scott hit jumpers of nine and 12 feet to push the lead to 34-11.
A couple empty possessions later, Balsick hit a 3 from the corner, before Scott threw the alley to Jerrod Crook, who threw down the oop at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs the 41-11 lead at the half.
“That was by far our best game of the year on both sides of the ball,” Calhan coach Rick Carothers said. “We are an athletic team, but sometimes our shots don’t fall like that.”
Before the run, Pikes Peak Christian cut an 11-2 deficit to 13-11 with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
Carothers said those are the reasons his Bulldogs don’t have a better record through five games.
He loudly reminded his team during a timeout in the first quarter.
“I mean, yeah, we got a little cocky there,” Scott said with a smile. “But after that we settled down and got back to our game.”
From there, the Bulldogs scored the next 33 points before Eagles guard Mark Waters ended the run with a 3-point play at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter.