Demons finish hoops invitational at full strength
Tyler Thimsen’s return to the floor made Glenwood Springs a better basketball team Saturday.”Now, we have a group,” said Demons coach Kevin Flohr after Thimsen’s 2005-06 season debut. That came in Glenwood’s 64-52 loss to Fruita Monument in the closing game of the annual Demon Invitational. The loss, after Saturday morning’s 81-47 win against Rock Canyon, puts Glenwood at 1-3 on the year.”(Thimsen) made a difference. It’s nice to have the whole group back together, and it’s going to be fun,” Flohr said. The senior sat out the season’s first three games due to a school rules violation.Fruita Monument, who concluded the tournament 3-0, saw firsthand what a difference Thimsen makes for the Demons.Rather than sputtering out of control after hitting a bad shooting run, as Glenwood did in Friday’s loss to Faith Christian, the Demons rallied on Thimsen’s ability to slash through an opponent’s defense.Glenwood was down by 18 after hitting 1-of-12 field goal tries in the third quarter, but Thimsen drives turned into easy conversions for Michael Flohr, Chris Benson and Ryan Foraker.In one stretch of the fourth quarter, the Demons outscored Fruita 11-5 to cut the Warriors’ lead to 59-50 with 1 minute, 14 seconds left.Lane Ennis, the game’s high-point leader, stopped Glenwood’s comeback by scoring his 27th point of the night.Ennis was at his best in the first half. The Warriors junior hit all eight of his field goal attempts for 16 points. But the Demons, using a balanced attack, were right on Fruita’s heels at intermission.Center Ryan Foraker popped in five field goals in the first half, on his way to a team-high 17 points. His contribution, Nathan Moore’s bucket via an assist by Thimsen and Chris Benson’s jumper with three seconds left put Glenwood within 3 at 28-25.Though that looked like a good position to make some noise in the third quarter, it failed to happen.Once Foraker cut Glenwood’s deficit to one point, the Warriors exploded. Four Fruita field goals and a free throw gave the visitors a 10-point lead, which grew to 48-29 when guard Jake Brown drained a 3-pointer with 1:06 to go in the quarter.Demons zip by Rock CanyonEarlier Saturday, Glenwood pounded Rock Canyon, 81-47. Michael Flohr had a season-high 27 points, leading the Demons to their first win of the season. Four more players – Benson, Moore, Kevin Warkentine and Nate Forristall – finished in double figures.Rather than wait, Glenwood took charge of the game early. The Demons built up an insurmountable 19-4 lead on the Jaguars at the end of the first quarter, then cruised, outscoring the visitors in each of the contest’s three remaining periods.Second half allows Glenwood girls to take win over Greeley CentralThe Demons used a strong third quarter by post Sam Ciani and forward Emily Hauptli to break away from a 30-all tie with Greeley Central to a 65-55 victory in Saturday’s final Demon Invitational contest for both teams.The victory, Glenwood’s first of the year, snapped a three-game, season-opening losing streak.Ciani knocked home nine of a game-high 21 points and Hauptli scored six of her 13 points in the third quarter. The two players’ combined offense gave the Demons a 49-42 lead, which they never relinquished from that point on.Starters Ashley Jensen and Sharaya Selsor also had fine performances, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.
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