Boys basketball: Peterson helps pace Demons; Rifle, Roaring Fork win
ALAMOSA — Zack Peterson finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with a 12-rebound performance from Will Gray, and that dominance on the boards helped Glenwood Springs High School’s boys basketball team rally for a 46-39 victory over Ignacio on Friday at the Top of the Mountain Tournament at Adams State University.
Cameron Horning had a team-high 15 to go with a nine-point outing from Mason Yellico, who was 5-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line in the final minute to help the Demons (2-0) pull away down the stretch. Coach Cory Hitchcock said a diving steal from Evrett Marr with a little less than a minute remaining helped Glenwood extend its lead from 42-39 to the final margin.
“I’m really proud of my boys,” Hitchcock said. “They fought hard and battled through adversity and foul trouble. They gave it all they had.”
Glenwood can win the tournament title with a victory against Centauri today.
Rifle 51, Aspen 39
CARBONDALE — Avery Lujan finished wwith a game-high 18 points to go with a 10-point, five-assist outing from Luis Carreon to lead the Bears past the Skiers in the Brenda Patch Tournament in the season opener for both teams.
Also contributing for Rifle was Morgan Robinson, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Rifle had 17 turnovers in the game and 13 in the second half, but coach Roger Walters said the Bears were able to buckle down enough defensively to hold on down the stretch.
Rifle continues tournament play against Roaring Fork today.
Roaring Fork 52, Eagle Valley 22
CARBONDALE — Raul Leyva had nine points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists for Roaring Fork to help the Rams handily win their season opener against the Devils.
Ray Acuna had 10 rebounds and three steals, Chering Sherpa added a game-high 16 points and Ben Carpenter chipped in nine points for Roaring Fork, which limited Eagle Valley to just five points in the second half.
Paonia 53, Coal Ridge 51
DELTA — Hunter Gerber finished with a team-high 16 points to pace the Titans, and his contested jumper at the buzzer that would have tied the game was off the mark.
Greyson Keener had 14 points and Jake Solinger added 12 for the Titans (0-2), who coach Paul Harvey said battled foul trouble most of the night but still managed to rally from an early 10-point deficit.
The Titans play again today against Cedaredge.
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It may be by a technicality, but the Valley Valkyries 7s rugby club were the de facto champions of their hosted tournament Saturday.