Glenwood boys land a solid win over Eagle
EAGLE – Normally, holding an opposing team to 11 points in a half is an accomplishment. Not to Glenwood Springs boys basketball team.”We failed in the second half. (The team) made a goal of (holding Eagle Valley) to 10 points.” said head coach Kevin Flohr , who flashed a big smile throughout his explanation. That was the only test Glenwood (5-5 overall, 2-0 league) failed to pass in Saturday’s 52-38 win over the Devils.Once they took the lead for good with three straight field goals in the final moments of the second quarter, the Demons’ defense refused to be scored on.Eagle Valley (1-6 overall, 0-2 league) were held scoreless in the initial four-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter after intermission, when Jacob Rivera broke the skein with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left. Over that stretch, Glenwood scored all eight of their points in the period for a commanding 14-point lead.Kevin Flohr mentioned a reason it took longer for the Demons to establish themselves was due to the amount of effort they expounded in Friday night’s home win over Battle Mountain.”It took forever for them just to get up their energy again, because that game last night was so emotional,” the coach said. “But, sometime you just have to get through it.”The Demons shook off their lethargy with a balanced scoring attack.Michael Flohr, the coach’s son, led with 16 points. Fellow starters Chris Benson and Nathan Moore contributed 15 each.Still, the key factor came down to defense.”We emphasize a good, strong team defense helpside.” said Michael Flohr. “Whatever we do, we do as a team. It’s not just about one person – it’s about shutting the whole (other) team down.That’s not a problem for Glenwood. In the second half, Eagle Valley had only three field goals in 24 shots. The Devils’ marksmanship devolved to nothingness in the game’s final eight minutes.In the fourth quarter, Eagle Valley was 0-for-13 from the floor, scoring all three of their points on free throws.Saturday was an especially tough night for ex-Demon John Gabriel.”I used to know how he played, but, he’s gotten a lot better and a lot faster than I remember. He’s a great kid,” Michael Flohr said. But, Gabriel’s play wasn’t great enough to avoid the waves of Demon defensive pressure thrown at him.After a nice first half of 13 points, Gabriel, who kept Eagle Valley close, went 1-for-6 in the second half with five points.The successful opening weekend of league play should boost Glenwood’s spirits heading into Tuesday’s first act of the annual basketball showdown with Rifle at the Bear Lair.
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