Glenwood boys keep faith, drop Eagles
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Jared Gambrel took what his coach said to him before Glenwood Springs High School’s boys basketball game against Faith Christian to heart Friday night.
Gambrel, a 6-foot-1 senior for the Demons, scored 14 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. That performance helped lead the Demons back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to a 70-65 victory over Faith Christian on the second day of the Demon Invitational tournament.
“I told him before the game, ‘We need you to step up and score,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “He came up and did just that.”
Indeed he did. Gambrel scored 10 consecutive Glenwood points in the fourth quarter to pull the Demons (4-0) within 57-56 with 3 minutes, 10 seconds remaining. Peter Steckler hit 5-of-5 foul shots on the next two Glenwood possessions to give the Demons the lead for good, and Gambrel added four more foul shots to add to the Demons’ 18-of-24 performance from the line in the final stanza.
Spencer Bazz finished with a game-high 28 points to pace the Eagles (1-3) who came into the game as the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A. Prior to last season, the Eagles had won seven consecutive 3A state basketball titles.
Brian Burbidge added 12 points and Cameron Horning chipped in 10 for Glenwood, which trailed 39-26 just 2 minutes into the third quarter. Glenwood mounted a comeback, however, using a 3-pointer from Gambrel with 2 seconds remaining in the third quarter to pull within 50-42 headed into the fourth quarter.
The Demons continue tournament play against Class 4A Western Slope League rival Eagle Valley at 4:30 p.m. today.
Eagle Valley lost to Aspen, 52-41, in a tournament game earlier in the day.
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