Demons banish Devils in home tourney
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Cory Hitchcock finished up a radio interview and hurried to the locker room.
“That’s what I’m talking about!” the Glenwood Springs boys basketball coach shouted to his players as he burst into the room. “That’s the way you play team basketball!”
Hitchcock’s squad did all the little things right in Saturday’s Demon Invitational. They scored points in the paint, moved the ball around well and connected on outside shots.
Those little things helped Glenwood to a 74-47 win over Eagle Valley and a 2-1 tournament record.
“[Coach] was happy about how we moved the ball and how we were patient,” said Glenwood senior Kevin Flohr, who scored a game-high 26 points against the Devils. “We hadn’t been patient. We really just wanted to make sure we moved the ball.”
After grabbing a 17-15 lead after one quarter, the Demons exploded with 22 points in the second quarter – including 12 straight to open the frame – to extend their advantage to 39-29 at halftime.
“I challenged our kids to really stay patient with our offense,” Hitchcock said. “I told them to stay patient with it and good things will happen. You’ve got to trust the offense.”
Eight points is as close as Eagle Valley got the rest of the way as the Demons improved to 4-2 on the young season.
All told, Glenwood drained nine 3-pointers. Flohr knocked down four, Mike McGraw three and Kellin Casey two. McGraw finished with 17 points. Casey had 10.
“I really challenged McGraw before the game,” Hitchcock said. “I said, ‘You know, Mike, we really need you to step up tonight. You’re one of our key players.’ Mike played huge tonight. He played his butt off. He has a bruised hip right now, but he really fought through it and worked hard. I just really appreciate all the boys’ effort.”
Glenwood, which scored a 63-54 win over Roaring Fork behind 31 points from Flohr earlier on Saturday, finished second to Faith Christian in the round-robin tournament’s final standings. Faith went 3-0 to win it.
Eagle Valley, meanwhile, finished up 0-3 in Glenwood. The Devils dropped to 3-3 overall.
By the time its finale with Glenwood rolled around, Eagle Valley appeared to be out of gas. Two draining defeats – a 48-38 Saturday loss to Faith Christian and a 50-43 loss to Roaring Fork on Friday – probably had something to do with that.
“We missed 18 layups,” first-year Devils coach Brent McConaghy said. “We fouled them. I think they had 19 free throws. We fouled the three-point shooter four times. Those are things you can’t do in a boys basketball game.”
Roaring Fork’s boys hung tight with Faith Christian for a half before the defending 3A state champs found another gear and ran away with a 53-36 win in the Demon Invitational on Saturday.
The loss gave the Rams a 1-2 tournament record and third-place finish.
Earlier on Saturday, Roaring Fork lost to host Glenwood, 63-54.
Against Faith, Jake Strack-Loertscher led the Rams (2-3) with 12 points and eight rebounds. Dakotah Grett chipped in with seven points.
The Eagles outscored Roaring Fork, 33-21, in the second half to put the game away.
Trae Moxley scored 14 points to lead the Rams in their loss to Glenwood. Dalton Handy finished with 13.
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Facing the loss of five crucial games down the stretch due to COVID-19 quarantine rules, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team’s postseason fate looked uncertain and totally out of the team’s control.