Demon boys’ team has plenty of seniors, little experience
The Glenwood Springs Demons boys’ basketball team isn’t young, but the players are certainly lacking in varsity court time.
Fourth-year head coach Roger Duroux lost all his starters from last season’s 8-12 squad to graduation, but does have six seniors on the roster this year.
“I think we’re going to come together pretty quickly,” Duroux said. “We scrimmaged in Fruita and played pretty darn well with them. I’m encouraged.”
Duroux has three seniors off last year’s squad tentatively penciled into the starting lineup for the season opener tonight against host Roaring Fork at the Brenda Patch Tournament. Forward Timon Fish will start, along with center Andrew Blake and guard Marco Salmen.
Junior Jeff Screen is another expected starter at guard, while junior Jesse Hansen and sophomore Sean Flohr are battling for the fifth spot.
Regardless of who is on the floor at tipoff, Duroux expects the defensive and offense intensity to pick up from last year, in large part due to the general attitude of the players.
“It’s just a whole different group of kids. It’s like coaching a completely different team,” Duroux said.
“If nothing else these guys will get out and run, so we’ll be in good shape,” he added. “The work ethic – these guys have just busted their butts every way they can.”
The work ethic should help the Demons create some easy baskets in transition, which will be a big part of the offense, according to Duroux.
As for the rest of the Class 4A Western Slope League, Duroux admits that he, along with most of the other coaches, is in the dark. Glenwood and Palisade are the only teams not to undergo head coaching changes, and a number of seniors graduated last year.
“It’s a combination of new coaches and new kids (in the league),” Duroux said. “Even the first year I started coaching in Glenwood I had a better feeling for the league than this year.”
“I really think we have a shot at finishing fairly high,” he added. “The JV squad was extremely competitive last year so that’s what makes me think we can be competitive this year.”
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