Basalt, Roaring Fork take rivalry to district tournament |

Basalt, Roaring Fork take rivalry to district tournament

The Basalt boys basketball team hopes the third time is a charm against Roaring Fork. The Rams hope for a repeat performance.

After two regular-season defeats, the Longhorns get another shot at the Roaring Fork tonight, but the environment will likely be a bit different than the regular season. This is the playoffs.

The Class 3A District 2 tournament kicks off tonight with midvalley rivals Basalt (6-8, 6-13) and Roaring Fork (10-4, 12-7) facing off at Roaring Fork High School at 7:30 p.m.

The teams met just four days ago in Basalt, and the No. 3-seed Rams rolled to a 20-point victory in the regular-season finale. The loss dropped the Longhorns from a fourth-seed and first-round home game, to a sixth seed and tournament opener at Roaring Fork.

The Rams earned the victory in the paint and from the charity stripe. Roaring Fork post players Nic Lough and Dan Markoya paced the Rams with 18 and 10 points, respectively, and Roaring Fork also went 20-27 from the line.

That’s not to say Basalt didn’t have its opportunities. The Longhorns played solid defense at times, but had a hard time taking advantage of the stops. Kyle Kappeli posted 15 points, but, as a whole, the Longhorns were cold from the field.

It’s unlikely tonight’s game will be another low-scoring affair like Friday’s 53-33 contest. In the first meeting at Roaring Fork back in December, the two teams combined for 130 points.

In the other first-round games today: Cedaredge (14-0, 18-1) hosts Gunnison (1-13, 2-17); Hotchkiss (7-7, 9-10) hosts Eagle Valley (6-8, 7-12); and Olathe (1-13, 2-17) travels to Aspen (11-3, 14-5).

The double-elimination tournament moves to Palisade for games Friday night with the tournament ending Saturday. The top five teams advance.

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