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Grand Valley holds off visiting Roaring Fork, advances to district semis

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Getting key free throws from Bubby Beecraft and a few steals late, Grand Valley’s boys basketball escaped the first round of the 3A Western Slope League district tournament with a 59-50 win on Wednesday.

“It was a battle,” Cardinals coach Jake Higuera said. “Roaring Fork does such a good job of pounding it into their bigs. Those guys can really play.”

Tyler Radel scored 15 points and Omar Melendrez had 11 as Grand Valley moved on to the district semifinals.



Dylan Walters and Beecraft added 10 points each for the host Cardinals, who improved to 12-8. Walters hit a couple of fourth-quarter 3-pointers that helped turn the tide in his team’s favor.

“When he shot them, I wasn’t exactly happy until I saw them go in,” Higuera joked. “He got an open look.”



Next up for Grand Valley is Aspen, which scored a 63-44 win over Coal Ridge on Wednesday.

The Cardinals and Skiers will square off at 8 p.m. Friday at Palisade High School.

Roaring Fork (7-13) dropped into the district tourney’s consolation bracket. The Rams will play Coal Ridge tonight at 7 p.m., with a berth in Saturday’s fifth-place game on the line.

The top five teams in the district tournament advance to the regional round of the Class 3A playoffs.


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