Southeast boys winless in Burns

Andrew Towne/Torrington Telegram Southeast junior Kyler Clark looks for an open teammate against Arvada on Thursday evening.

BURNS – The Southeast boys’ basketball team went 0-4 at the Burns Winter Classic over the weekend, falling Arvada, Colorado, Wheatland, Douglas and Moorcroft.

The Cyclones opened the weekend on Thursday evening with a 55-42 loss to Arvada.

Junior Kyler Clark jumpstarted the Southeast offense with five straight points.

Clark broke the scoreless stalemate two-and-a-half minutes into the game with a pair of buckets, including a 3-pointer with 4:44 left in the first quarter.

Arvada scored the next four points, but a layup by junior Austin Short slowed the Bulldogs rally.

Southeast pushed its lead back to five late in the opening quarter courtesy of a triple by sophomore Mason Sorenson.

It proved to be the largest lead of the game for Southeast.

Midway through the second quarter, Arvada tied the game at 16, but back-to-back scores by senior Kirk Kay and Short gave the Cyclones a 20-16 advantage with 3:42 left before halftime.

However, Arvada scored the next nine points, taking its first lead of the game of the game with 35 seconds left in the second quarter.

Coming out of the break, Arvada’s run reached 13-0 before junior Cooper Larkin’s bucket temporarily slowed the Bulldog run.

Arvada’s lead continued to grow, reaching as many as 15 in the closing moments of the game.

Clark and Short led the Cyclones with 10 points each, while Kay and Larkin had seven apiece. Kay also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

On Friday, it was again Clark giving Southeast an early lead off a 3-pointer, but it proved to be the only lead of the game for the Cyclones against the Wheatland Bulldogs.

Wheatland scored the next 29 of the next 30 points, handing Southeast a 64-29 loss.

Clark led the Cyclones with nine points, while Larkin and Short added seven each. Kay led the team in rebounding with three.

On Saturday, Southeast was scheduled to wrap up the Burns Winter Classic against Moorcroft, but due to Newcastle being forced to miss the tournament, event organizers rearraigned the schedule, adding a fourth game to the schedule for the Cyclones.

On Saturday, morning, the Cyclones fell to Douglas 58-20.

Trailing 13-6 at the end of the first eight minutes, Southeast was outscored 27-2 over the second and third quarters.

The Cyclones scored 12 of the 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Junior Dawson Mullock and Larkin led Southeast with six points each, while freshman Ayden Desmond and Kay grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Later that afternoon, the Cyclones came up short against Moorcroft, 51-42.

Southeast led 19-10 after one quarter, but the Wolves battled back, outscoring 41-23 over the remainder of the game to hand Southeast its fourth loss of the weekend.

Short led team with 13 points, while Kay added eight. Mullock had seven. Kay also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Cyclones (0-4) opens the home portion of the schedule this weekend as part of the Lingle-Fort Laramie Dogger Classic. The Cyclones host Kaycee (1-1) at 11:30 a.m. and Hulett (2-1) at 4 p.m. Friday. The next day, Encampment (0-0) and Rock River (0-0) come to Yoder for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. contests, respectively.

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