Bears net season sweep over GSHS |

Bears net season sweep over GSHS

by Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Staff
Post Independent Photo/Jim Noelker

RIFLE ” Experience means a lot in high school basketball. At least it does from Kevin Flohr’s standpoint.

“Age was the difference,” said the Glenwood Springs boys coach after a 50-46 loss at Rifle Thursday night.

Rifle, ahead by one, entering the final two minutes, hit the game-winning basket when Bear seniors Aaron Jewell and Jim Owens took advantage of a blown defensive assignment by Glenwood, which had only one senior suited up for the game. Owens dropped in a two-footer off Jewell’s pass from the free throw line to pull away.

“Luckily we were able to feed Aaron in the high post, when they overextended, and we just dumped it in there,” said Bear coach Chris Lowther of the play.

And with time running out, Glenwood, which had taken a three-point lead earlier in the period, couldn’t get a good shot off.

“We thought our zone (defense) would work better, because we knew in the man (defense), Glenwood sets a lot of good screens. It’s hard to ask a guy to get through screens defensively all night long.” Lowther said.

Sean Flohr gave the Demons a 43-40 lead with five minutes left in the game. Glenwood didn’t score again until Michael Flohr canned a three-pointer in the game’s waning seconds.

In between, Rifle went on a 9-0 scoring run which included Owens’ bucket.

Fittingly, it was Owens, who led all scorers with 19 points, who raised Rifle’s to their biggest lead of the game ” six points ” with two free throws in the final seconds.

Glenwood held the lead four times in the contest. Unfortunately for the Demons, who fall to 3-4 in the Western Slope League and 6-8 overall, two were in the first quarter.

Sean Flohr’s back-to-back treys opened a 6-2 lead. Two minutes later John Faris’ field goal broke a 6-all tie. On the next possession, Owens hit his only 3-pointer of the game to regain the lead for Rifle.

Jewell’s fall-away three-pointer at the buzzer extended Rifle’s lead to 16-12 at the end of the first quarter. In the final 35 seconds of the half, the Bears (4-3, 6-8) pulled out by nine on Owens’ bucket and a free throw from Bryan Cloninger.

Down 30-21 at intermission, Glenwood took control in the third period. The Demons scored six of the period’s first eight points to cut Rifle’s lead to five, then outscored the Bears 7-2 for a temporary 37-35 lead on Michael Flohr’s bucket with 1:18 left in the frame.

Owens halted the rally with a basket and a free throw after Jeff Screen’s foul on the following play.

Three Glenwood starters, led by Sean Flohr’s 18 points, finished in double figures. Michael Flohr and Chris Benson each had 12 points. Rifle’s Adam Krick ended with 10.

Both teams finish this weekend’s play with games in Eagle-Vail against winless Battle Mountain. On Friday, the Demons take on the Huskies, followed by Rifle on Saturday.

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