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Demons, Bears hook up again

by Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Staff

Sweep or split?

The answer to that question will be settled tonight when the Glenwood Springs and Rifle boys basketball teams meet at the Bear Lair for round two of their annual Class 4A Western Slope League showdowns.

Currently, the Bears have a paw up on the Demons.



On Jan. 23, Rifle outlasted Glenwood, 56-52, at the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium at Glenwood. Bear senior Troy Weiss sealed the win with a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute.

But tonight all eyes will be on Glenwood’s Sean Flohr.



“You have to limit what Flohr does with defense,” Rifle coach Chris Lowther said. “Each shot has to be a contested shot. You can’t hold a shooter like that to zero points and (Flohr) will get his points.”

In the first Glenwood-Rifle game, Flohr led all scorers with 17 points. And, after scorching the nets for 40 points, including 11 three-pointers, in last Saturday’s 89-64 shellacking of Palisade, the Demon junior will receive plenty of focus tonight.

“It was kind of amazing,” Flohr said of his 40-point performance. “I didn’t realize that I had that many points.”

Flohr did admit to having good shooting touch against Palisade.

“After the third shot, I knew everything was going in,” he said.

Sean’s 40 points makes him the single-game, high-scorer of the Flohr family as a Demon. Sean’s father, Kevin Flohr, Glenwood’s head basketball coach, scored 39 in a 1978 game against Grand Junction Central.

Both totals are short of Al Blanc’s 48 points scored in a 1966 district tournament game against Moffat County. The performance is believed to be a Glenwood Springs High School single-game record.

“It was a close game,” recalled Blanc, now the head boys basketball coach at Pueblo East High School. “We won 60-58 and its a game I’ll never forget. (Coach) Bob Chavez always gave me the green light to shoot and I was on a roll.”

Switching to the present, Sean Flohr feels that the 2003-04 Demons have gained momentum.

“We have a young club, so the first part of the season was a little rough, but, after playing with each other, we’re starting to put it together,” he said.

Glenwood (3-3 WSL, 6-7 overall) takes a two-game winning streak into tonight’s contest. Rifle (3-3, 5-8) is coming off a 64-62 loss at Delta last Saturday. Glenwood, Rifle and Delta are in a three-way tie for third place in the WSL.

“I think its going to be a very good game,” said Rifle coach Chris Lowther. “Glenwood is playing well and with confidence and I think it’s going to be tougher (to win) this time.”

Lowther said he’s happy to be at home after three straight league road games, but admits the home-court advantage doesn’t guarantee a victory.

“Defensively, we played fairly well,” the Rifle coach said of the first meeting, “We forced them to shoot difficult shots and we got some points on the free throw line. We have to do something like that again.”


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