Demon boys upend Longhorns
Post Independent Staff
First-year Glenwood Springs boys basketball coach Kevin Flohr admitted his first try at a fiery halftime speech in the Demons’ locker room wasn’t very good, but it did help spark Glenwood to a 56-50 win over Basalt Friday night.
“I tried my rah-rah speech. I’ve never one done before,” he said. “It made my throat hurt.”
Flohr said, rather than a Knute Rockne speech he’d “try something else next time.”
Who cares? It worked.
The Demons were up by six entering the locker room at intermission, but needed a spark.
After taking a 20-11 lead in the first quarter, Glenwood’s offense netted just eight points in the following stanza.
And Basalt, still looking for its first win of the 2003-04 season, was starting to come on.
Jaime Wirkler’s three-pointer at the buzzer pulled the Longhorns within six at the halftime break.
In the locker room, the Demons listened intently to their coach’s words, but took a while to put what he said into action.
Basalt came out from the locker room with more intensity in the opening moments of the third, and took a short-lived 32-31 lead on Cody Burkholder’s finger roll to conclude a 10-2 Longhorn run.
Then Sean Flohr clicked in.
The Demon junior popped in seven quick points, including a long three-pointer, over the next three minutes to regain the lead for good.
Sean Flohr led the Demons with 22 points and 10 rebounds. That’s normal.
But, unlike earlier in the earlier in the year, younger members of the team stepped up and helped shoulder the load on Friday.
Sophomore Chris Benson had his best game in a varsity uniform. He scored 12, pulled down nine rebounds and nailed a couple of big buckets.
With 2:34 left in the third, Benson’s putback of a Flohr miss gave the Demons a seven-point bulge.
In the fourth quarter, surrounded by three defenders deep in the paint, Benson calmly waited then sank a two-footer to raise Glenwood’s lead to 10 and force Basalt coach Mike Green to call a timeout.
The regrouping helped the ‘Horns. Three-pointers from Adam Gawrys and Clayton Peetz reduced Glenwood’s lead to four with 34 seconds remaining, but a critical personal foul by an overzealous Ben Pollock on Demon guard Oscar Jurado with Glenwood already in the double bonus stifled any hopes of a comeback.
Jurado sank both free throws for some breathing room.
Sean Flohr applied the dagger when he scored his last field goal of the game after a Longhorn miss.
Burkholder led Basalt with 16 points and Darren Duroux added 13.
Basalt 11 11 15 13 ” 50
Glenwood Springs 20 8 14 14 ” 56
BASALT ” Ben Pollock 2 0-0 4, Clayton Peetz 1 0-0 3, Adam Gawrys 1 0-0 3, Cody Burkholder 7 0-0 16, Hugo Araujo 0 6-6 6, Cy Eaton 0 0-0 0, Dillon Johnson 1 0-1 2, Jamie Wirkler 1 0-1 3, Ross Unglert 0 0-0 0, Darren Duroux 6 1-5 13. Totals ” 19 7-13 50.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Chris Benson 4 4-5 12, Ryan Wycott 0 0-0 0, John Gabriel 2 0-0 4, Michael Flohr 4 2-5 10, Jeff Screen 0 0-0 0, John Faris 1 2-4 4, Sean Flohr 9 0-0 22, Oscar Jurado 0 4-6 54, Dustin Braeger 0 0-0 0. Totals ” 20 12-24 56.
3-pointers ” S. Flohr 4, Burkholder 2, Peetz, Gawrys, Wirkler.
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