by Dalton Carver
Ouray boys basketball coach Adam Trujillo didn’t give his usual speech in preparation for the team’s rivalry game against Ridgway this week, but it seems he didn’t need to. After a back and forth first half, the Trojans ran away with the game Tuesday evening, defeating the Demons 52-35.
Every year, Trujillo preps his team for the cross-county game with some choice words but wasn’t able to this season. Despite that, he wasn’t worried about his team’s mental state going into the game.
“They’ve heard it so much,” he said in an interview leading up to the game. “They probably went home and could hear it in their heads anyway.”
Ouray squeaked out a 45-43 win against Ridgway last year, which was also a strong symbol for the story of the rest of the season. The Trojans finished the 2017-2018 campaign 9-11 and failed to win the district tournament for the first time in a long time. Trujillo said most of their struggles stemmed from the lack of a primary scorer the team could rely on night in and night out. In many games, the Trojans didn’t score more than 40 points.
“We fell way short of our goal and we just couldn’t score. We had a new scorer pretty much every game,” said Trujillo. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it ended.”
Last year’s struggles prompted a basketball-heavy summer, including a tournament in Colorado Springs, a camp in Ouray and another camp at Colorado Mesa University. Nearly half of June was filled with basketball. That offseason preparation led to the 2018-2019 season beginning in early November, featuring a larger and more in-charge Trojan team.
This year, the squad boasts 15 players, five of whom are seniors. The team is rounded out by four juniors, one sophomore and five freshmen. Thanks to the team’s size, the younger players will also enjoy an opportunity for...