Demons fall short of state tournament berth with loss
GRAND JUNCTION – After four months of practice and games together, it was hard for the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team to say good-bye to each other.
The team stayed in its locker room at Mesa State College for a long time after losing 74-54 to Montrose at Saturday’s fifth-place game of the Class 4A, District 7 tournament.
The mood wasn’t somber as the players started to filter out. It’s just the Demons’ had hoped its season would go a little longer.
Some just shook their heads as they exited, a couple mentioned other sports, and others still said, “well there’s always next year.”
There will be a next year for some of the current Demons. For the team’s seniors and head coach Roger Duroux, high school basketball has become a memory.
Duroux was unavailable for comment after the game, but after four years as Glenwood’s head coach and many years before that as the girls head coach at Basalt High, the veteran mentor is retiring from the game.
On Saturday, the Demons held it’s ground against the No. 2-seeded Indians for one quarter. Sean Flohr and Andrew Blake combined for 10 of Glenwood’s points in the period, and were within three of Montrose’s lead after Timon Fish sank a free throw at the end of the period.
Then, three Indian treys changed everything rapidly.
J.T. Shelton and forward Bryce Carroll drained bombs between two other Montrose field goals for a 30-18 lead.
And the Demons, who have shown the ability to respond to that type of offensive assault this season, couldn’t rally for part Saturday’s contest.
Flohr, Fish and Blake, finished the game with 17, 16 and 10 points, respectively, but, it took a while to regain their shooting eyes after having early success.
A 10-4 Indian run, combined with the Demons hitting 4-for-19 from the field in the third quarter left too much of a gap to from which to rally.
Carroll’s back-to-back fast-break field goals gave Montrose a 24-point lead. The best Glenwood could do was cut it 15 on a Flohr trey early in the fourth period.
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Carroll finished with 30 points, including four treys before taking an early exit. Miles Scheer was the next highest Montrose scorer with 12.
Boys – Montrose 74, Glenwood Springs 54
Glenwood Springs 14 6 14 20-54
Montrose 17 17 18 22-74
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Timon Fish 5 5-7 16, Forrest Lowell 1 0-0 2, Jesse Hansen 1 0-0 3, Marco Salmen 2 0-3 4, Jeff Screen 1 0-2 2, Jeremy Ureche 0 0-0 0, Sean Flohr 5 4-4 17, Andrew Blake 5 0-0 10, Cody Hillin 0 0-0 0, John Faris 0 0-0 0. Totals – 20 9-16 54.
MONTROSE – Gabe Auferheide 0 0-0 0, Miles Scheer 4 4-4 12, Kolten Tea 0 0-0 0, J.T. Shelton 1 0-0 3, Aaron Planks 0 0-0 0, Tyler Rawlings 3 0-0 6, Taylor Elm 1 0-0 2, Ty Cox 0 2-2 4, Michael Lopez 2 0-0 5, Jake Burner 2 4-6 8, Bryce Carroll 12 2-2 30. Totals – 28 12-14 74.
3-Pointers – Flohr 3, Fish, Hansen; Carroll 4, Lopez, Shelton. Fouled out – none. Technicals – none.
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