Arvada cannot comeback against Thornton

Bulldogs looking to stop skid; Trojans stop bleeding

Daniel Williams
Arvada’s Belmin Salihovic hits a three-pointer and then tries to get back and play defense Wednesday night at Arvada High School.
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ARVADA - Arvada put together furious fourth quarter rally but was still beat by Thornton 45-35 Wednesday at Arvada High School.

The Bulldogs finally started to click on offense and attacked the basket the in the fourth quarter but the hole was too big to dig out of after trailing 17-7 in the first quarter.

The loss is Arvada’s third straight as the team falls to 1-6 on the season. The win stops a three game losing skid for Thornton.

Belmin Salihovic led the Bulldogs with 10 points and Jesse Jackson spurred their fourth quarter comeback scoring all of his seven points in the fourth quarter.

But Thornton’s Omar Juarez picked the perfect time to have, what his coach called, one of his best games to date scoring 14 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.

“This was a big for us tonight. It stops our losing streak and we should be able to take a lot of confidence way from tonight,” Thornton coach Geoff Girsch said.

Arvada on the other hand has been improving, it just isn’t showing up in the win column yet. Since a 78-44 win over Trinidad the Bulldogs have lost three straight.

However, two of those losses were both in games were Arvada had the opponent within single digits late in the game — but could not close out.

“We are getting better we are just not getting wins. But this was the best game we have played since the start of the season. We will continue to work and improve,” Arvada coach Preston Slaughter said.

The Bulldogs will play at Green Mountain on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Thornton will play at Conifer on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.

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