Demon boys stay cool and ice a win
Post Independent Staff
Patience is more than a virtue. When it’s displayed on the basketball court, it’s the team that stays cool under fire that wins.
Glenwood Springs applied early pressure on Battle Mountain when they took a seven-point lead after the first quarter. Then the Demons raised the Huskies’ frustrations by switching to a half-court style to slow the game’s pace.
The final result: A 56-46 win few expected. Few, except Glenwood coach Kevin Flohr, who said Friday’s Western Slope League opener victory was a result of the Demons’ coming together as a team.
“It was just a mixture of everything they all know. And, they’re starting to learn what to do,” Flohr said. “What I really liked is you can see (the team) growing up. The four seniors are taking the leadership role and they are starting to enjoy each other.”
Two of the Demons’ seniors ” Michael Flohr and Chris Benson ” had a major role in shattering Battle Mountain’s five-game winning streak.
Flohr netted a game-high 20 points. Benson followed with 13. Both also finished nine rebounds each.
Benson said team consistency played a big role.
“Our team’s had problems playing four solid quarters,” he said. “Our goal this game was to stay constant the whole game with no ups and downs. I think we did a good job of that.”
Benson was right on.
Except for the third quarter, Glenwood (4-5 overall, 1-0 league) outscored Battle Mountain in each frame. Moreover, the Demons never trailed after Flohr popped in his first field goal of the night from the left baseline with 41 seconds left in the first.
The Glenwood senior followed the bucket up with his only 3-pointer of the game a possession later to go up by five. Then, just before the buzzer guard, Tyler Thinsen rolled in a deuce for a 14-7 lead.
“That boosted the confidence of the whole team,” Benson said. “It gave the team a positive attitude and confidence. And with confidence, we play better.”
As the Demons’ spirits rose. Battle Mountain melted.
Center Trent Beckley, who towered over Glenwood defenders Ryan Foraker, Nate Forrestall and Benson by a half-foot, couldn’t get his game untracked.
After scoring a team-high eight points by the 5:07 mark of the second quarter, Beckley spent the rest of the period and all of the third on the bench with three personal fouls.
Substitute Clark Simmons did nice job in relief, scoring eight of the Huskies’ 14 points in the third quarter. Despite the effort, Battle Mountain was still down by six after Simmons scored the period’s last basket.
Beckley re-entered the game after the break. It didn’t help.
Three Benson field goals, surrounded by two Connor Drumm free throws sealed the win.
“They definitely seemed frustrated,” said Benson. “But, we were trying just to worry about ourselves and not what they were doing.”
The last of Benson’s field goals in the run, off a in-bounds pass from Flohr raised Glenwood’s lead to 10. Beckley managed to avoid fouling out, but, scored only five points in the second half.
Drumm, Battle Mountain’s other main scoring threat, ended with nine points ” going 1-for-13 from the field.
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