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Demons end long drought, win own hoops tournament

Jon Mitchell
jmitchell@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs High School's Peter Steckler (32) puts pressure on Eagle Valley's Turner Glissman (12) during the first half of Saturday's game at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A fast start for the Eagle Valley High School boys basketball team disappeared rather quickly thanks to some quick defensive pressure from the Glenwood Springs Demons on Saturday afternoon.

Brian Burbidge scored a game-high 14 points with a pair of 3-pointers, helping Glenwood overcome an early nine-point deficit on their way to a 57-46 victory over the Devils for the Demon Invitational tournament championship.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “It’s the first time we’ve won the Demon Invitational in 20 years. That’s a long time ago.”



It did take Glenwood a little time for its offense to get going, but it came on enough to help the Demons (5-0 overall) remain unbeaten and win its own tournament for the first time since 1993. The victory came, in part, thanks to a supporting cast that included Cameron Horning (12 points) and Evrett Marr (eight points), each of whom helped Glenwood take the lead for good in the second quarter.

And of those five games that Glenwood has played so far, four of them have come in the past five days.



“We’re a little tired,” said Hitchcock, whose team plays its fifth game in seven days on Monday when it hosts Summit. “We’ll have to compete and battle that day because Summit is going to come out and play us hard.”

That’s exactly what Eagle Valley did on Saturday. The Devils (2-4), who have lost four straight since winning the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School on Nov. 7, pulled ahead 13-4 on a Noah Ejnes layup with 1 minute, 52 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Demons called timeout, then used a jumper from Jake Gentry with 1:30 left in the quarter to spark a 25-6 run for the rest of the half, capping it with a transition layup from Horning at the buzzer to give Glenwood a 29-19 halftime cushion. From there, the Demons cruised, outscoring the Devils 22-10 in the third quarter to go up 51-29 headed into the final stanza.

Will Gray added six points for the Demons, who after Monday’s game will play unbeaten Steamboat Springs at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Friday afternoon.

GIRLS

Glenwood Springs 45, Eagle Valley 33

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Delaney Gaddis finished with a game-high 24 points and Madi Spence added 16, helping the Demons (4-0) win the Demon Invitational and remain unbeaten.

Mariel Gutierrez finished with nine points to lead the Devils, who also got six-point efforts from Kylie Martin and Jessie Chambers. Eagle Valley stayed reasonable close for the duration, pulling within 37-31 with 5 minutes remaining in the game on a jumper from Martin.

Glenwood responded, however, getting a pair of foul shots and a turn-around jumper from Spence to go back up by 10. Gaddis added a steal and layup with 2:02 remaining, and her two foul shots with 9.8 seconds left capped the 8-0 run over the 4:40 time span.

Jordan DeCrow added nine points and Hailey Armstrong chipped in four for Glenwood. The Devils also got five points from Ashley Floyd.


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