Bears, Rams split Brenda Patch Tourney
On Day Two of the Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale, the Roaring Fork Rams and the Rifle Bears got together for their annual matchup at Roaring Fork High School.
Starting things off were the Rifle and Roaring Fork girls. The Lady Rams looked to move to 2-0 for the first time as a group in four years to start a season, while the Lady Bears looked to bounce back from a frustrating loss Friday afternoon against Durango.
Based on that frustration, the Bears seemed to take it out on the Rams as the Bears rolled to a 45-26 win.
Rifle raced out to a 14-5 lead after eight minutes of play as junior guard Elly Walters continued her torrid pace from the fourth quarter on Friday, pouring in seven points to open the game against Roaring Fork, while senior forward Samantha Hinkle got going early with five points of her own.
Walters hit a three-pointer to give Rifle a 5-4 lead following a steal and layup from Roaring Fork’s Logan Erickson. Hinkle then added a free throw to make it 6-4 Rifle before junior forward Peyton Caldwell added a free throw of her own to make it 7-4 Bears midway through the quarter.
Following Caldwell’s missed free throw on the back end of her one-and-one, Walters swooped in and grabbed the offensive rebound and converted the putback to give Rifle a 9-4 lead, forcing the Rams to take a timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, Roaring Fork would turn the ball over, setting up a jumper for Hinkle to make it 11-4. Walters would cap off the quarter with a floater in the lane right before the buzzer coming off of a 1-for-2 trip at the free throw line for Roaring Fork senior guard Katie Weimer.
Down nine points to start the second quarter the Rams looked to find a spark, but instead the Bears scored five quick points on a Hinkle jumper and a Walters three-pointer to extend the lead to 19-5.
Roaring Fork senior guard Ashley Hall and Hinkle would trade free throws before Walters would sink two more of her own to make it 23-6 Bears late in the second quarter. Roaring Fork would respond though as senior forward Cindy Salinas would hit one of two free throws and Erickson would pick the pocket of a Rifle player, racing in for another layup to make it 23-9 near halftime.
Hoping for a second half respond like they had Friday night against Steamboat Springs, the Rams came out energized, but Hinkle got things started quickly, scoring ten seconds into the half on a great post move. Walters then came up with a steal and a bucket on Roaring Fork’s first possession, all but taking the wind out of the sails of Roaring Fork.
Trailing 28-9, Salinas would hit one of two free throws before senior guard Lily Ramos hit a jumper in the lane to make it 28-12 Rifle early in the third quarter.
Rifle would close the quarter on a 7-4 run to take a 37-18 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Hinkle simply took over in the paint against the Rams, scoring six straight points for the Bears to put the game away, showcasing her bevy of post moves to get to the rim.
For Rifle, Walters finished with a game-high 21 points while Hinkle added 15 points. The duo combined for 36 of the team’s 45 points.
For Roaring Fork, Erickson and Salinas tied for the team lead with 7 points each, while Ramos added four points.
The Bears (1-1) will take travel to Denver next weekend for the Northglenn Tournament, while Roaring Fork (1-1) will travel to Aurora next weekend for an early season tournament.
ROARING FORK 38, RIFLE 25
In a matchup of two tough defensive teams, the Roaring Fork Rams boys basketball team found just enough offense against the Rifle Bears Saturday to pick up a 38-25 win, capping off the Brenda Patch Tournament in style.
Still missing four key players to start the season, Rifle came out strong once again as senior forward Jacob Boone scored all five first quarter points for the Bears. Following a jumper to open the scoring from Boone, Roaring Fork turned to senior forward Justin Thompson against the Rifle zone defense.
Thompson responded with five first quarter points of his own to give the Rams an 8-5 lead after eight minutes of play.
In the second quarter the two defenses clamped down as both teams combined to score just nine points in the second quarter.
Roaring Fork sophomore forward Joe Salinas knocked down a three-pointer to open the scoring in the second quarter, stretching the Rams’ lead to 11-8. Boone would answer with a jumper to make it 11-7 before Thompson knocked down a floater in the lane.
Rifle sophomore Joel Lopez would then convert a layup while drawing the foul, but the ensuing free throw attempt was no good, sending the two teams into the half with the Rams up 13-9.
Coming out for the second half, Boone and Thompson would continue to trade baskets as Thompson knocked down a jumper to start the half before Boone hit two straight layups to pull the Bears to within 15-13.
After a layup from Roaring Fork senior guard Aldo Pinela on a great back-door cut, Boone hit two free throws and a layup to tie the game at 17-17 early in the third quarter. From there, Thompson sank a mid-range jumper in the paint before Rifle sophomore forward Carter Sturgeon hit a turnaround jumper to tie the game again at 19-19.
Thomson then converted a tough layup along the baseline, drawing the foul. The senior would sink the ensuing free throw, setting up a twisting layup in the lane from Roaring Fork senior guard Jassiel Petatan to give the Rams a 24-19 lead.
Petatan would then add another floater late in the quarter to give Roaring Fork a 26-20 lead heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Petatan and Thompson continued to dominate offensively as Petatan got a layup to fall. Lopez then answered with a layup for Rifle before Thompson hit another jumper from the top of the key to make it 30-22 Roaring Fork.
From there the game turned into a free throw contest as Roaring Fork scored its next eight points from the line, capped off by sophomore Oscar Miranda’s free throw to seal the 38-25 win.
For Roaring Fork, Thompson finished with 16 points while Petatan added eight points. Boone led the way for Rifle with 15 points while Lopez added five points in the loss.
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Former Rifle Bears standout turned starting running back for Western Colorado University Ty Leyba remembers it like it was yesterday.