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4A State Tournament: Glenwood boys can’t summit Green Mountain


GLENWOOD SPRINGS (54) — Brian Burbidge 4 3-5 11, Jared Gambrel 4 3-4 10, Cameron Horning 3 3-3 8, Will Gray 3 0-0 6, Sawyer Linman 3 0-1 6, Evrett Marr 2 1-1 5, Dante Sparaco 1 0-0 2, Zack Peterson 0 0-0 0, Will Osier 0 0-0 0, Jake Gentry 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-14 54.

GREEN MOUNTAIN (80) — Daniel Brugnelli 9 2-2 21, Austin Fritto 5 7-7 19, Harlan Bair 6 0-0 15, Will Zeiner 2 4-4 9, Mitch Schafer 4 0-0 8, Alex Stowell 1 1-2 4, Mark Wittaker 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Wharton 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 15-17 80.

Glenwood 10 14 16 14 — 54

Green Mtn. 25 16 19 20 — 80

3-point goals — Glenwood 2 (Horning, Gambrel), Green Mountain 8 (Bair 3, Fritto 2, Brugnelli, Stowell, Zeiner). Totals fouls — Glenwood 17, Green Mountain 18. Fouled out — none.

LAKEWOOD — Too much size and too much speed turned out to be too much for the Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball team to handle against Green Mountain in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament on Wednesday.

Daniel Brugnelli scored a game-high 21 points and Austin Fritto added 19 for Green Mountain, which jumped on Glenwood early on their way to an 80-54 victory over the Western Slope League’s runner-up.

“They were much quicker and much stronger than us,” Glenwood Springs coach Cory Hitchcock said. “Our young guys got a lot of experience tonight. We figured out real quick that if we’re going to compete with some of the big teams on this side of the state, we’ve got to get much stronger and get much better shots.”

Granted, Green Mountain (14-9 overall), the No. 6 seed in the Richard Tate Region, made most of their shots. Green Mountain, nicknamed the Demons just like Glenwood, hit 68 percent from the field and 52 percent from beyond the 3-point line. That shooting performance helped them take a 25-10 lead after one quarter and increase their advantage to 41-24 at halftime.

Brian Burbidge finished with a team-high 11 points to go with a 10-point outing from Jared Gambrel for Glenwood, which finished the season with a 15-8 record.

“We got a lot of experience that we needed out of this game,” said Burbidge, one of seven juniors on this year’s team. “This was a true playoff atmosphere and we needed to see what that was like, and we have a lot of people coming back next year.

“But there’s a lot of things we need to work on,” continued Burbidge, whose team graduates three seniors. “We need to get bigger and faster this offseason.”

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