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Demons top Rams in Patch finale

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs senior Randy Burbidge puts up a reverse layup during Saturday's Brenda Patch Tournament game in Carbondale. Burbidge and the Demons defeated Roaring Fork, 64-46.
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CARBONDALE, Colorado – Roaring Fork boys basketball coach Larry Williams is typically an even-keel guy.

After Saturday’s loss to Glenwood Springs – his team’s second defeat in as many days – he was his normal, soft-spoken self. But, even if he didn’t shout it out, the frustration was there.

“We have a lot of things to work on,” Williams said. “We have to work on our basketball smarts and some fundamentals.”



Coming up short in those areas cost the Rams against the Demons, who used a 10-0 third-quarter run to build a big lead in the Brenda Patch Tournament finale.

Behind 18 points from Kellin Casey, 17 from Collin Porterfield and 12 from Mike McGraw, Glenwood improved to 2-0 with a 64-46 win over the tournament host.



“We knew we had to play as a team and start strong,” Casey said. “We’re a team basketball team this year. When we’re working together, it’s hard to stop.”

Roaring Fork played Glenwood tight for much of the first half. A 5-0 run to close out the second quarter put the Demons up 36-28 at the half.

Glenwood won the third quarter by a 19-13 count to go up 55-41. The Demons surrendered just five points in the fourth quarter.

“I talked to the boys earlier and said, ‘I need you guys to commit to defense because defense is what is going to win a championship,'” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “I think the boys came out tonight and did that. We played real physical.

“I thought Roaring Fork was a good, physical basketball team and tested us.”

Dakotah Grett’s 19 points led the Rams. Sam Carpenter finished with nine points and Trae Moxley had eight.

On deck for 0-2 Roaring Fork is next weekend’s Glenwood Springs Tournament. Glenwood heads to Grand Junction Central on Tuesday.

It didn’t take Glenwood girls basketball coach Bryan Derby long to notice Roaring Fork’s girls team is much improved.

The Rams made sure the Demons knew it.

Hanging with Derby’s squad early on in Saturday’s Brenda Patch Tournament girls finale, Roaring Fork made an impression on Glenwood.

“We came in thinking this was going to be a cakewalk and it isn’t,” Derby said. “Carbondale’s a better team now. We noticed that right off the bat.”

Ultimately, the Demons pulled out a 51-32 win over the scrappy Rams, who have struggled mightily in recent seasons.

Glenwood led by just a point (13-12) after a frame before settling down in the second quarter and opening up a 31-14 halftime lead.

“We came in the first quarter and just didn’t play as hard as we could,” said Delaney Gaddis, who led the Demons with 15 points. “Once we decided to play as a team, we realized we needed to relax and calm down.”

Lexie Warkentin added 10 points for Glenwood (2-0). Cassidy Gaddis finished with nine.

Kaleigh Wisroth led Roaring Fork (0-2) with eight points. Georgia Ackerman and Megan Gianinetti chipped in with seven points.

“We’re feeling really great about our first weekend,” Wisroth said. “We didn’t win, but the results on the floor were way better than last year. Just the energy, the fans, the coaches really helped. I think we’re building a good chemistry between the team.”

The weekend’s season-opening tournament marked Kirk Cheney’s return to the Roaring Fork sideline. Cheney is back as head coach after a three-year hiatus.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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