Eagle Valley boys, girls too much for Glenwood Springs
GYPSUM – The assist was a beautiful one – a perfect touch pass from Eagle Valley senior point guard Kevin Cruz.The recipient was Cruz’s mom, Karen, who is fighting a battle against breast cancer. In pregame warm-ups before the Devils 4A Western Slope tilt against Glenwood Springs Friday, Cruz and his teammates sported light pink T-shirts and gave mom Karen a standing round of applause, along with a big bouquet of flowers, on parents’ night.Then Cruz assisted his teammates in a 69-47 defeat of Glenwood Springs. The senior point guard sliced through the Demons’ defense for 14 points and dished out four assists in the win. The only thing that could stop Cruz was a small cut below his left eye, which he sustained in a collision under his team’s basket at the beginning of the third quarter.He re-entered the game midway through the fourth quarter.The Devils, up 36-22 when Cruz went out, were playing with steady confidence on offense and had frustrated Glenwood on the Demons’ offensive end of the floor with a suffocating half-court set. The pressure applied by the Devils finally amounted to too much. Upset about a no-call from the referees on his team’s end of the floor, and then further incensed by a call underneath the Eagle Valley basket immediately following the no-call, Demons coach Kevin Flohr began an argument with one of the three game officials. That exchange led to a double technical foul and an ejection.Flohr was not available for comment after the game. The CHSAA referee who made the call asked not to be quoted but did say that the second call stemmed from Flohr taking off his glasses after a heated argument, then saying something resembling, “I think you need these.”Flohr’s son Sean gave the Devils trouble all night and continued to drive and score in the second half en route to a game-high 23 points. His brother Michael, playing with a soft cast on his left hand, also turned in a solid game. The duo’s performance was no match for a cohesive Eagle Valley unit that was clicking from the first quarter through the final buzzer, however.Cody Gerard, who had a perfect 8-for-8 night from the free-throw line, was Eagle Valley’s leading scorer with 18 points. He also ripped down eight boards and had three assists. David Hernandez finished with 11 points and John Gabriel added 10.Experienced Devils beat young Demon squad 57-43GYPSUM – The Eagle Valley Devils’ smothering full-court pressure Friday night proved to be too much for the visiting Glenwood Springs Demons girls basketball team.The young Glenwood squad collapsed under the heat applied by the more experienced 4A Western Slope Devils in a 57-43 4A Western Slope Eagle Valley win.”The first three minutes of the game we were rocking,” Demons’ head coach Deb Henderson said. “Things were going great for us, then all of the sudden we made two bad passes and it was like the game was over.”Things were rocking early because Demons’ freshmen guard Sharaya Selsor started out red-hot. After a quick bucket to open the game, Selsor drained a 3-pointer on the Demons’ next possession to give her team a 5-0 lead. The Devils surged back to take a 9-5 lead, but Selsor drained another bomb from behind the arc to cut the lead to one.Eagle Valley junior Rachel Sandoval retaliated with a 3-pointer of her own, however, and from there the Devils put the Demons on lockdown during a 25-9 second-quarter run. The Demons regrouped in the locker room at halftime and had some success in the final 16 minutes of play to keep the game almost in reach. But, as Henderson said after the game, the heavy damage done early was too much to overcome.Eagle Valley guards Alex Amsden, Alison Colby and Sandoval all got hot after Selsor cooled down.Amsden finished with four threes and 13 points and Sandoval and Colby each had two treys.Senior Kenzie Shreeve, the Devils’ center, was the leading scorer with 20 points.Glenwood Springs’ Sam Ciani scored 17.”We just worked really hard on defense,” Devils coach Jamie Mayne said. “That’s exactly what I asked them to do. The press worked great for us. We got the steals we needed, and it frustrated Glenwood.”
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