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Demon boys go 2-0 on weekend

Roger Duroux’s patience in the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team is starting to pay dividends.

After going through a series of growing pains, the Demons’ 81-68 victory over Delta at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium raised Glenwood’s record to 5-3 in the Western Slope League and earned Duroux the 200th victory of his coaching career.

“At the beginning of the year, I told myself that I’ve got one guy with varsity experience and we’re going to take some lumps early,” Duroux said.



“But, I’ve seen how hard we’ve worked in practice, and I thought, about February, we’d hit our stride. And guess what? We’re there.”

Behind the 3-point shooting of sophomore Sean Flohr and the rebounding of Timon Fish and Andrew Blake, the Demons had the game well in control by the second quarter.



An 11-0 run extended Glenwood’s eight-point lead at the start of the period to 33-14 with 2 minutes, 47 seconds prior to intermission.

Flohr popped home two of the six 3-pointers he’d finish with in the first half. Fish and Blake combined for 11 rebounds.

The Panthers chopped away at Glenwood’s lead throughout the second half, but never made a serious challenge.

Flohr finished with 22 points, Fish added 16 and senior Marco Salmen chipped in 10 points and six assists.

Delta’s Blake Carlquist scored a game-high 23 points for the Panthers, who dropped to 0-8 in the WSL and 2-11 overall.

Glenwood Springs 81, Delta 68

Delta 12 9 24 23-68

Glenwood Springs 20 18 25 18-81

DELTA – Milo Gonzales 0 0-0 0, Jason Merritt 0 0-0 0, Steve Moralez 2 0-0 6, Jacob Doerer 4 0-0 12, Blake Carlquist 8 7-9 23, Bryce Atchley 7 4-5 18, David Abeyta 3 0-0 9, Devin Varner 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 11-14 68.

GLENWOOD – Timon Fish 7 2-5 16, Forrest Lowell 4 0-0 9, Jesse Hansen3 0-0 7, Marco Salmen 4 2-2 10, Jeff Screen 1 0-1 2, Jeremy Ureche 1 0-0 2, Sean Flohr 7 2-2 22, Andrew Blake 4 1-1 9, John Faris 0 4-4 4, Arturo Lomelli 0 0-0 0, Cody Hillin 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 11-15 81.

3-pointers – Moralez 2, Doerer 4, Abeyta 3; Lowell, Hansen, Flohr 6. Fouled out – none. Technicals – none.

FRIDAY

Glenwood defense too much for Palisade

PALISADE – For two-plus years, Palisade’s methodical half-court offense has frustrated the Glenwood Springs boys’ basketball team.

On Friday, the Demons got their revenge.

Glenwood was too quick for the slower Bulldogs to handle on both sides of the floor. The Demons took advantage of their speed for a 56-46 victory. It was Glenwood’s first win in the last six meetings against the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Sean Flohr led the offense with 21 points. But, a lot of the credit has to go to the Demons’ defense.

Timon Fish and Andrew Blake shut down the Bulldogs’ main offensive weapon, Justin Unfred, throughout the first half, holding the senior center to five points.

As a team, Glenwood gave up a total of 15 points to Palisade in the first half.

And on offense, the Demons couldn’t miss.

They hit on 7-of-14 field goals in the first quarter and fired away at a 57-percent clip (8-of-14) in the next period, which allowed the Demons to take a 17-point lead into the locker room at intermission.

“We played incredible basketball,” said Demon coach Roger Duroux. “It was fun to watch it all come together. There was so much unselfishness. They were running the court, having fun, and doing what we do best. It was a good night for us.”

And a bad night for Palisade.

Glenwood zoomed to a 6-0 lead in the game’s opening two minutes on a solo basket from Blake along with two Fish field goals.

Palisade was down by eight at the end of the period. In the quarter, The Bulldogs hit on 3-of-13 field-goal attempts.

Their shooting woes continued throughout the first half. In the second quarter, Palisade scored a game-low seven points.

“It was a fun game in the first half. It was like playing in the park with some friends,” said Demon guard Marco Salmen.

Glenwood nearly turned out the park lights on the Bulldogs in the second quarter.

Fish, who finished with 10 points, ripped untouched through the lane for a driving layup to start the period. The basket sparked a 9-2 Demon run, opening a 15-point advantage, which grew to 18 before Palisade made some noise.

“Timon had a phenomenal game tonight. He outrebounded everybody,” Duroux commented.

Fish pulled down 15 rebounds, 10 in the first half.

But, with plenty of time left Palisade was down, but not out.

Behind 45-27, guard Dominic Bera ignited the Bulldogs listless offense to life with 4 minutes, 29 seconds left in the third quarter.

The senior’s trey, followed by his second basket on the next possession, caused enough concern for Duroux to call time out and regroup.

“When Bera hit those two … I was a little concerned,” Duroux said. “It was one of those things we would have had to adjust to if he would have made another (basket), but he missed the next two shots, so I never had to.”

Salmen’s basket after Bera’s spurt put Glenwood ahead by 16, but the biggest problem the Demons confronted came a little later in the quarter.

After committing his fourth personal foul, Blake was forced to the bench. And Unfred came alive.

He scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the next six minutes and Glenwood’s lead was cut to nine with 1:50 left.

But, Unfred failed in crunch time. He missed two key free throws after a Flohr personal, and Salmen, who finished with 10 points and four assists, secured the win with a steal in the defense zone with a minute left.

Boys

Glenwood Springs 56, Palisade 46

Glenwood Springs 16 17 13 9-56

Palisade 8 7 16 15-46

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Timon Fish 5 0-0 10, Forrest Lowell 1 0-0 2, Jesse Hansen 1 1-2 3, Marco Salmen 4 1-3 10, Jeff Screen 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Ureche 0 0-0 0, Sean Flohr 8 0-0 21, Andrew Blake 3 0-0 6, John Faris 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 2-8 56.

PALISADE – Chris Frobom 0 0-0 0, Michael Embrey 3 0-0 7, Ryan Farlow 1 2-2 5, Dominic Bera 4 0-0 9, Patrick Diers 0 0-2 0, Robert Goletz 0 1-2 1, Chris Sargent 0 0-0 0, Justin Unfred 10 4-9 24. Totals 18 7-15 46.

3-Pointers – Flohr 3, Salmen; Embrey, Farlow, Bera. Fouled out – none. Technicals – none.

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