Bears show Demons no mercy
RIFLE – One team was on and the other was off.
Simple as that.
Except, when it’s a rivalry match like Glenwood Springs and Rifle, every play of Thursday’s 72-51 Bear win gets magnified, good or bad, until the next time the two boys teams play.
Rifle coach Chris Lowther remained humble despite the 19-point victory over the Demons.
“We just played within ourselves, and, on this night, each one of (our players) played one of their best games,” the coach said.
Hopefully for the Demons, they’ll get another shot at playing the Bears in the upcoming district playoffs.
On a night when they are just regular players.
For now, Rifle holds the bragging rights over its rival, and a perfect 9-0 record in the Western Slope League with three games left to play.
Two more victories and the Bears can celebrate a league title and the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.
Glenwood, which drops to 5-4 in league play with the loss, will have to work to stay in the upper half of the district tournament bracket.
The Bears took Glenwood out with defense. They held the previously hot-shooting Demons to 33 percent (16-of-49) in field goal attempts in the contest, although the Demons did manage eight 3-pointers.
Rifle, behind a 21-point night by junior guard Jim Owens, along with double-digit efforts by Ryan Shideler, Zack Akin and Troy Weiss took control in the third quarter.
Ahead by just a deuce after the first period, the Bears put the defensive clamps on Glenwood in the following eight minutes.
The Demons were held to seven points in the second quarter while Rifle pushed out to a 29-23 lead at the half.
Owens scored 10, Akin added 8 for the lead. Glenwood sophomore Sean Flohr kept the Demons close by hitting 12 of a team-high 17 points.
After intermission, a 13-2 Rifle run to start the third quarter set the tone for the rest of the night.
Owens had seven in the Bears opening spurt, which put Glenwood down by 11, until two Jesse Hansen treys moved the Demons back to within nine at the end of the period.
Rifle ended Glenwood’s threat for good by starting the fourth quarter with four straight field goals.
Both teams conclude the weekend with games against Battle Mountain, the Demons get to play Battle Mountain first tonight at home. On Saturday, Rifle faces the Huskies in Eagle-Vail.
Rifle 72, Glenwood Springs 51
Glenwood Springs 16 7 11 17-51
Rifle 18 11 16 27-72
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Timon Fish 3 2-2 9, Forrest Lowell 0 0-0 0, Jesse Hansen 6 0-0 15, Marco Salmen 2 0-1 4, Jeff Screen 0 0-0 0, Sean Flohr 4 5-5 17, Andrew Blake 1 4-6 6, John Faris 0 0-0 0. Totals – 15 11-14 51.
RIFLE – Ryan Muldoon 0 1-2 1, Troy Weiss 4 1-2 11, Jim Owens 7 4-4 21, Adam Krick 1 1-2 3, Ryan Shideler 6 3=5 15, Chris Black 0 2-2 2, Jason Enewold 0 0-0 0, Zack Akin 4 4-4 12, Thad Porter 1 3-4 5. Totals – 23 19-23 72.
3-Pointers – Flohr 4, Hansen 3, Fish; Owens 3, Weiss 2. Fouled Out – Blake. Technicals – Glenwood bench.
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