Demons sweep day two of tourney
and Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” What a difference a day makes.
After looking rusty in loss to Faith Christian in Friday’s Demon Invitational opener, Glenwood Springs boys basketball team bounced back with a pair of dominant wins on Saturday.
After soundly dispatching Woodland Park in the morning game, the Demons beat up on Eagle Valley 73-37 in the afternoon.
Sophomore Kevin Flohr got the twin bill off on the right foot against Woodland Park, opening the first quarter by nailing back-to-back 3-pointers, both off Panther turnovers.
He wasn’t done, though.
He netted two more 3-pointers and a shorter jumper to finish the first quarter with 14 points.
“It just felt good,” Flohr said after the game. “We played a lot better as a team. We’re finally getting to play with each other.”
The Demons are coming off a 3A football state title two weeks ago, and some of the football players are finally getting into the swing of things on the court, Demon head coach Greg Hire said.
“Our team is still having a hard time with the basketball feel,” he said. “We’re still a little rusty as to where the ball is going and we had more turnovers because of that.”
The Demons jumped out to a 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game and took a 21-10 lead into the second quarter. They held the Panthers to just seven points in the second while putting up 13 of their own for a 34-17 halftime lead.
“Just inexperience, we only have two guys that played varsity last year,” Woodland Park senior guard Jared Giambalvo said of his team’s downfall. “Those turnovers didn’t help at all. The inexperienced guys weren’t used to the pressure.”
His coach, Brian Gustafson, knew the turnovers made the difference in the game. The Panthers gave up far too many fastbreak points off of their turnovers.
“We have to take care of the ball, clean up the decision making,” Gustafson said.
“Turnovers instantly led to points for Glenwood. They seized momentum, shot the ball well, and played well.”
In the second half, the Demons kept the Panthers at nine points in the third and fourth quarters. It didn’t help that Woodland Park missed their first three shots to start each period.
To close out the game, Glenwood hit their last three baskets, two coming from birthday boy Wyatt Israel.
Flohr, a sophomore, led the Demons with 23 points and had seven 3-pointers. Kevin Screen added 11 and William Rosas chipped in seven.
The Panthers got 11 points from Joel Schnierle, eight from Austin Burgess, and six each from Giambalvo and Greg Martinez.
On Friday evening, the Demons lost by 30 points to Faith Christian to open the tournament and they wanted to turn their ship around.
“We were just down after the Faith game,” Jordan Ciani said. “We had to step it up. I think we might have underestimated Faith, but you have to have the same mentality as football ” you can’t underestimate anyone.”
Flohr’s stroke from beyond the 3-point arc didn’t fade in the Demons’ afternoon win over Eagle Valley.
The sophomore drained four more triples ” giving him a Saturday total of 11 ” and posted a game-high 18 points as Glenwood improved to 3-5 on the young season.
Screen added 15 points ” all coming in the first half ” for the Demons.
Glenwood led 42-15 by the break and had time to run through offensive sets and plays.
“We got to work on some plays,” said Demon senior Patrick Hailey, who contributed 11 points and four rebounds to the winning cause. “We ran our offense and our defense was pretty solid. We had good penetration from our guards.”
Willie Aragon paced Eagle Valley, which dropped to 1-6 overall, with 10 points.
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