Glenwood downs Summit |

Glenwood downs Summit

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Kevin Screen earned the right to utter the words.

“I’m exhausted,” the senior said moments after he and his Glenwood Springs boys basketball teammates turned away Summit 55-41 in Tuesday’s season opener.

Screen is just three days removed from catching two touchdown passes in the football Demons’ state championship game, just three days removed from the emotional high that accompanied a taxing, four-week playoff run.

But that couldn’t keep the speedy guard off the floor.

“I just wanted to get out here and start playing,” said Screen, who calls basketball his favorite sport and scored nine points on Tuesday.

Football teammates Josh and Moses Galvan joined Screen as part of an eight-man varsity squad. Several other Demons who play both sports are taking a short break before picking up the round ball.

Glenwood still had enough firepower to manage a second-half surge and win going away. A flat first half, in which the teams combined for 25 turnovers, saw the Demons take a 21-20 edge at the break.

The Demons outgunned the visiting Tigers 15-8 in the third quarter to up the advantage to 36-28 and then sophomore guard Kevin Flohr found his stroke from behind the arc.

After hitting just one of his previous eight 3-point hoists, Flohr nailed all three of his tries in the fourth as Glenwood outscored Summit 19-13 to post the double-digit win.

“It was a little rough in the first quarter, the first half,” Demons head coach Greg Hire said. “The kids were a little tight. In the second half they started to relax.”

Flohr led Hire’s Demons with 18 points.

Russell Collins chipped in with nine points and William Rosas and Patrick Hailey added eight points. Hailey also ripped down 14 rebounds.

Like Glenwood, Summit found itself a little rusty. And, like Glenwood, the Tigers had a playoff football team keeping several members off the court until only recently.

“I think we’re sort of in the same situation as Glenwood,” Summit head coach Mark Ruybal said. “Four of these boys have had about three practices.”

The football Tigers bowed out of the 3A state playoffs in the quarterfinal round two weeks ago, and Thanksgiving week cut into practice time significantly for those playing both basketball and football.

Still, Ruybal appreciated the hustle from his team.

“I’m not too disappointed with their effort,” he said. “There are some things I see that I know we can make adjustments on.”

Eric Brooks paced Ruybal’s squad with 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting. He hit three 3-pointers in the process. David Leopold scored 10 for the Tigers.

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