Demon boys look forward to next season
Post Independent Staff
PALISADE ” The Glenwood Springs boys basketball team’s season ended Friday night, but there’s a lot to look forward to next season.
“This is the funnest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said first-year coach Kevin Flohr after the Demons’ 70-55 loss to Moffat County at the Class 4A District 6 tournament.
“I feel bad that it’s over,” Flohr added. “What’s thrilling is these are beautiful, beautiful kids,” Flohr said. “They’re sharp, they’re clean, they play the game and they have what it takes to become a better unit.”
Glenwood’s 2003-04 players went down fighting.
The Demons, who finished the season 8-13 overall) trailed the entire first half before getting their offense in gear. In the third quarter, Glenwood hit on 9-of-14 field goal attempts and had 22 points in the period.
A 9-2 scoring run late in the quarter cut Moffat County’s 30-18 halftime lead down to two. Sean Flohr had six of his 23 points on the night during the spurt. Oscar Jurado’s interception, which he converted into a basket at the 2:14 mark of the third, capped the run.
Down 42-40, Moffat County sank a free throw and got an additional lift in the quarter’s final 16 seconds when Derrick Duran plopped in a three-pointer to pull back out to a six-point lead.
Glenwood never got any closer.
The teams exchanged scores in the opening moments of the fourth quarter before Moffat County put the game away with a 6-0 run.
Brothers Anthony and Kevin Loughran had five of the Bulldogs points in the rally. Anthony Loughran led all scorers with 24 points. Kevin Loughran, before fouling out in the third period, had 14. Duran finished with 17 points.
In their last game in Demon uniforms, seniors Jeff Screen and Jurado had seven points each.
Flohr praised both players while reeling off their contributions.
“Screen had his ankle reconstructed (in the offseason), and we’ve been playing since April and he never, ever missed (a practice). He was the first one there and the last one gone.”
“Oscar came out of nowhere. He came here from Mexico, and we had a language barrier all year.”
Jurado does not speak English, but that didn’t stop the transfer student from communicating with his coach or playing the entire district tournament on two badly injured ankles.
“Do you know how bravely he had to play tonight?” Flohr asked. (Jurado) sent me a text message on the bus (after Thursday’s game) on his translator,” Flohr said.
“It said, ‘Coach, I know I play bad tonight. I play better tomorrow.'” He was sending it through his cell phone sitting three seats it front of me. I don’t think he realized that it got to me that fast.
“It’s just a great bunch of kids,” Flohr said. “And we’re going to get better.”
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