Demons refuse to lose, top Bulldogs in OT
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Overtime. A rivalry game. A battle for first place.
As Glenwood Springs boys basketball coach Greg Hire plainly put it: With so much on the line, his Demons just didn’t want to lose.
And, by scoring 14 of overtime’s 18 points, they didn’t.
Hitting 12 of 14 free throws and forcing seven turnovers in the extra period, Glenwood Springs gutted out a 72-62 win over visiting Moffat County on Friday.
“I can’t imagine how tired the boys must be,” Hire said. “They exerted a lot of energy there in the fourth quarter and overtime. … They didn’t want to lose. That was all them out there.”
Both squads needed a Herculean effort just to force overtime.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter after putting up just two points in the second quarter to go down 29-24 at halftime.
But Moffat County surged ahead by the midway point of the fourth, thanks to a 13-2 run that spanned the final 2 minutes, 12 seconds of the third and the first 3:28 of the fourth quarter.
Up 53-51, it appeared all momentum rested with the Bulldogs.
Glenwood, though, flexed its mettle down the stretch, going ahead 58-57 on a 3-pointer by Kevin Flohr with 39 seconds left.
Moffat County’s Mike Peters followed with a free throw to tie it at the 28.1-second mark and the teams traded scoreless possessions that gave way to overtime.
Peters had the best shot at ending the game in regulation, speeding the length of the court before being stripped on a layup try with time expiring. All in 5.3 seconds.
Overtime belonged to the Demons.
Kevin Screen scored seven of his game-high 24 points and Glenwood ratcheted up its defense to improve to 5-0 in the 4A Western Slope League and to 9-5 overall.
All in front of a rowdy home crowd that cranked up the decibel levels with every bucket.
“That was awesome, definitely,” Screen said. “Most of our games are not that close. Tonight, playing this was so much fun. It was a fight for the league championship. We have one more up at their house. The atmosphere was awesome.”
Moffat County dropped to 8-6 overall and to 4-1 in league and now trail the Demons and Steamboat Springs (8-5, 5-0) in the 4A WSL standings.
“Live and learn,” Bulldogs head coach Steve Maneotis said. “We go on to fight the next battle. Glenwood’s got a great team. They’re great athletes.”
Chayton Owens scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Moffat County, which hosts Rifle today. Thomas Noble chipped with 19, hitting five 3-pointers in the process.
Jordan Ciani finished with 12 points for Glenwood. Patrick Hailey added 11 points and eight boards and Flohr scored nine.
The Demons face another battle for first at Steamboat this afternoon.
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