Budding rivalry? Glenwood boys top neighboring Titans
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Friday’s matchup with neighboring Glenwood Springs was everything Coal Ridge boys basketball coach Paul Harvey hoped it’d be.
Well, almost everything.
Harvey and the Titans didn’t get the win they were gunning for, but the challenge and playoff atmosphere that flavored the regional matchup were certainly on par with the coach’s hopes.
“I wanted a playoff-type atmosphere,” Harvey said. “I knew it’d be a big crowd. I wanted to play the best team in the Western Slope 4A league. … We wish we could have won, but we gave up too many easy buckets in the third quarter.”
Glenwood parlayed those easy buckets into a 13-0 run late the third quarter, a run that helped the Demons to a 73-63 win in front of a large and boisterous crowd at Coal Ridge High School.
“This was a huge game for Glenwood and Coal Ridge,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “This is the first time they’ve played each other.
“I can’t say enough about the crowd tonight. They were into it. You could tell the kids really fed off it.”
According to MapQuest, nearly 17 miles separate the two schools.
“It was a good way to start off the rivalry,” Harvey said with a grin. “The atmosphere was great.”
Glenwood’s Kevin Flohr poured in a game-high 33 points and kept his team’s fans happy. The sharpshooting senior, who entered Friday with a 24.5 points-per-game scoring average, drained seven 3-pointers.
Flohr scored the first six points – two-thirds of that coming on a rare four-point play – in the fourth quarter as part of an 8-0 Glenwood run to kick off the frame.
Coal Ridge, which led 31-30 at half, fell behind by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter before rallying late to bridge the gap.
Nathan Terrin led the Titans (3-2) with 24 points. He hit three fourth-quarter 3-pointers to make things interesting down the stretch. Tyler Guettler chipped in with 14 points and Darik Brown had 13.
Nick Ciani, who sat out the entire first half after picking up a technical foul in a game at Grand Junction on Tuesday, finished up with 12 points for the Demons, who improved to 5-3. Willy Pelland scored 12 as well and Mike McGraw added 11 points.
Next up for Glenwood is a 4 p.m. visit from Aspen this afternoon. Coal Ridge doesn’t play again until a Jan. 7 trip to Aspen.
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