Demons now share league lead
EAGLE-VAIL – With 2:31 left in Friday night’s Battle Mountain-Glenwood Springs boys basketball game, the Huskies’ white-clad started to chant, “It’s all over.”But it’s anything but over in the 4A Western Slope after the Huskies toppled the Demons, 75-60. Now it’s a race in the Slope with Battle Mountain and Glenwood tied at 7-1, with six league contests to play.”It’s huge. It puts us right back in it,” Battle Mountain head coach Philip Tronsrue said. “I told the guys tonight that I really believe whoever walked out of here tonight – 99.9 percent – was going to be the league champion. I just firmly believed that. I think we’re going to step out and after (the second round of league play).”Tronsrue was quick to add that there’s a lot of basketball left and teams like Steamboat, Palisade and Eagle Valley loom in the second half of the season for both squads, but for now, Battle Mountain holds the edge against the Demons.If both teams run the table, which is not at all certain, it comes down to common nonleague opponents. Battle Mountain beat Roaring Fork, 46-42. Those same Rams defeated Glenwood, 52-50.”This sets the stage for the rest of our run,” said Huskies center Trent Beckley, who had a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds. “We’ve got what we’ve done now, but it’s not over. We haven’t won the league championship. We have to keep going. We can’t lose another game.”
Glenwood coach Kevin Flohr agreed.”They’re a good team,” he said. “There’s still a long season. We’ve got to move on. We’re 1-1 against them. That’s where we’re at.”Montoya takes a spillBattle Mountain controlled from the start. Though Michael Flohr was a continuous thorn in the side of the Huskies, with a team-high 21, Battle Mountain’s Connor Drumm had 15 of his 17 points in the first half.Three Beckley buckets to start the second quarter, plus a four-point play from Josh Ruark – a three and the foul – had the Huskies up 35-22.
Holding a 39-29 halftime lead, a pivotal moment could have come when Huskies shooting guard T.J. Montoya was involved in a collision with a Glenwood player. Montoya was sprawled on the floor with blood all over his face.While all the Huskies were worried, Beckley was visibly shaken. Tronsrue wisely called a 30-second timeout to calm his crew after Montoya was patched up.In times past, Beckley might have lost his game. Instead he went on a 16-point, second-half rampage, and that sealed the deal.”He focused in the right direction,” Tronsrue said. “I think all the guys saw T.J. and the blood on the floor, in the huddle, they were saying, ‘We’re winning this for T.J.’ No one puts one of our players down intentionally or unintentionally. I’m not saying it was intentional. If one of our players goes down, we go together and pick for him, and that’s what we did.”Glenwood hosts Eagle Valley today, while Battle Mountain (15-2) must come down to Earth for a 5:30 p.m. game at Rifle.”Every game’s for the league championship,” Beckley said.
Glenwood girls record win with second half rallyOvercoming a sluggish start, Glenwood Springs battled back from a surprising one-point deficit to Battle Mountain at halftime using a 16-0 third quarter scoring run to secure a 58-29 rout on the Huskies.Glenwood (7-1 league, 9-6 overall) outscored Battle Mountain 39-9 in the second half to earn their second win in as many games.Emily Hauptli led the Demons with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ashley Jensen scored 12 points with seven assists.The Demons host Eagle Valley in the first half of a girls/boys varsity doubleheader at 2:30 p.m.
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