Carbondale Middle School takes third straight PEG title |

Carbondale Middle School takes third straight PEG title

Phil Sandoval

CARBONDALE – Three, Three, Three – Threepeat.The Carbondale Middle School Wolverines eighth-grade boys’ basketball team reached that echelon by winning its third straight PEG League tournament championship in as many seasons on Saturday. And the Wolverines accomplished the feat in commanding fashion.They dashed any upset hopes of No. 4 seeded Aspen by forming a 13-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and rolled to a 41-19 win, completing the season undefeated with a 9-0 record.Defensively, Carbondale limited the visiting Skiers to single digits in all four quarters and 13 percent (5-of-40) in field goal attempts.Kyle Raaflaub scored 11 points, which included two 3-pointers, to pace the Wolverine attack.Aspen scored its first basket of the game with 1:06 left in the first after Carbondale had taken a 11-0 lead.Raaflaub concluded the quarter with a long trey from the left side for a 15-2 lead.As the game progressed, Carbondale kept adding to its lead.The Wolverines expanded their margin to 20 points at halftime. They upped the lead to 22 three times in the contest.Guard Sam Karl was the only Skier to cause a ripple of concern to Carbondale. He finished with 11 points, mostly coming in the second half.Aspen2467-19Carbondale1511510-41Aspen – Sam Karl 11, Michael Holmes 4, Anthony Dimento & A. J. Bartlett 2. Carbondale – Kyle Raaflaub 11, Alfredo Acevedo 8, Tyler Hunt 6, Trevor Hunt and Kade Gianinetti 5, Jesse Lough 4.Third-placeGlenwood Springs 44, Parachute St. John 41The No. 3 seeded Glenwood Springs Middle School Cougars overcame an eight-point deficit at the end of the third quarter for a 44-41 win in the third-place game against No. 2 St. John.Glenwood scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to pull within two of the Panthers at the 3:41 mark after Ryan Foraker sank two free throws after a St. John shooting foul.The Panthers pushed its lead back to 41-38 a possession later when the Cougars responded with two straight baskets.Cody Nelson scored both buckets in the run. His driving layup past two defenders with 37 seconds remaining put Glenwood ahead for good when St. John failed to score in the final seconds.Foraker led all scorers with 13 points. Sam McKinley had 11 for St. John and Nelson finished with 9 points.Glenwood Springs174914-44St. John1612145-41Glenwood Springs – Ryan Foraker 13, Cody Nelson 9, Chance Stevens and Kevin Warkentine 4, Ryan Zerfoss, Justin Davis & Chris Daniels 2. St. John – Sam McKinley 11, Michael Belden 8, Richard Gallegos, Luke Braby & Jose Lozoya 6, Danny Manzaneres 4.

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