Demons skewer Devils, 85-49
Thinking about the game isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially to the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team.”You got to get rid of the brain to play well,” said head coach Kevin Flohr after Saturday’s 85-49 shellacking of Eagle Valley. “Last night we were thinking too much,” referring to the previous night’s loss to Battle Mountain.”I think they learned something out of that loss,” Flohr continued. “Tonight, they came out relaxed and played like they were taught. I liked the way they bounced back.”
Coming out of the game with a 25-point first quarter, the Demons (8-1 league, 11-6 overall) never gave the Devils a chance to show their stuff.Michael Flohr, the coach’s son, blistered the nets for 16 of his game-high 32 points in the period, opening up a 25-8 lead after connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute.Flohr cooled off, but the rest of the Demons picked up the slack, hitting 9 of 15 field goal attempts in the following eight minutes, rolling up a 46-18 lead at intermission.
Minus the full-time use of their best player, John Gabriel, the Devils (1-8, 2-14) sputtered offensively, hitting a paltry 28 percent (7 of 25) of their shots in the first half. Gabriel originally wasn’t going to play due to a hip injury, aggravated at Friday’s home game with Rifle.But Glenwood’s large margin at the half forced Eagle Valley head coach Pat Gabriel’s hand, and he put his son in the contest.The move made the Devils look better. However, the majority of Eagle Valley’s 22 were scored against the Demons’ second unit, who entered the game en masse after Chris Benson raised Glenwood’s lead to 22 with 5 minutes, 13 seconds left in the third quarter.
Gabriel, who finished with 12, netted the Devils’ last basket of a 6-0 run – the biggest output they had in the period’s waning 65 seconds.Given a minor scare, the Demons starters were rushed back in after the break. Four minutes later, Glenwood raised their lead back up to 75-47. Kevin Warkentine had the best game of the subs, finishing with 16 points. Benson also hit for double figures, scoring 10 with eight rebounds. The Demons are off until Saturday when they host Rifle.
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The Rifle and Glenwood Springs girls tangled on Tuesday night at Glenwood’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium in a 4A Western Slope League contest that carried major implications in the conference standings.