Demons hold on against Coal Ridge |

Demons hold on against Coal Ridge

Jessica Pain
Glenwood Springs High School junior Brian Burbidge dives to keep the basketball from going out of bounds during the first half of the Demons' 71-53 victory over Coal Ridge on Friday night.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Coal Ridge High School’s boys basketball team didn’t let the Glenwood Springs Demons off easy. Glenwood stayed on its feet, however, and defeated the Titans on Friday, 71-53, in the season opener for the Demons.

Glenwood junior Brian Burnbridge helped pace the Demons, scoring 15 points. Sophomore Cameron Horning chipped in with a game-high 19 points to go with Jared Gambrel’s 14 and Zach Peterson’s 12.

“The boys played great tonight,” Glenwood Springs coach Cory Hitchcock said. “It was good to start off the year with a high-energy game.

“The boys did a good job on offense with putting the ball in the bucket,” Hitchcock continued.

The Demons’ defense stayed strong even though the Titans continued to score. Coal Ridge’s Alec Herrera scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, to pace his team.

In the first half, the Demons set the pace of the game and continued to do so into halftime.

In the third quarter, the game heated up. Coal Ridge put together a 16-point third quarter to pull within 49-39 headed into the final stanza.

“I think we came out of the second half too comfortable,” Hitchcock said. “With a big lead like that, a good team like Coal Ridge who can shoot 3s” can come back on an opponent.

“But once we settled down and got back into the game,” Hitchcock continued, “we did a good job in the fourth quarter and scored 22 points.”

Into the first minute of the fourth quarter, Horning scored with a layup and, shortly afterward, Burnbridge scored off a rebound, giving Glenwood a 55-39 lead to light the scoring spark that led to the Demons’ big game-ending quarter.

Last year, Glenwood averaged 42 points a game. They ended this game at 71.

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