Glenwood Springs boys basketball team tallies win |

Glenwood Springs boys basketball team tallies win

Joelle Milholm
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” As the pungent aroma of polyurethane consumed Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium on Tuesday, everyone knew it was the last night for the sacred gym. The new gym, in its wood-finishing stages, was already starting to take over.

While most of the fans didn’t take too kindly to the smell, the Glenwood boys basketball team seemed to feed off of it. The Demons made some big plays and notched a 70-52 Class 4A Western Slope League win over Eagle Valley.

Ten Glenwood players scored, with Dakota Stonehouse leading the charge with 15 points, Kevin Screen adding 12, Connor Riley scoring 10 and Adam Hawkins totaling nine.

“They are all coming around real well. A lot of the kids were more comfortable today, I don’t know if it was the fumes. They were feeling a little happy out there,” said Glenwood head coach Greg Hire with a laugh. “Everybody was shooting the ball good.”

The first half went back and forth until Glenwood finished it with a 29-24 lead thanks to a 3-pointer from Stonehouse.

Midway through the third quarter, Eagle Valley went on a 9-0 run, shrinking an 11-point Glenwood lead to two. The Demons regained composure, with a 3-pointer from Screen and two more from Hawkins to go up 56-43 going into the final quarter.

And again the Devils came out on a tear, eating away at the Demons’ lead with back-to-back 3s from Scott House and Cesar Castillo.

This time Dakota Stonehouse put an end to the run, with a breakaway layup and 3 of his own, the Demons took a 61-51 lead with 4:20 left. Every time Glenwood needed a big play, a Demon delivered. Even if it was a rebound or steal.

“Just anything gets us going,” Hawkins said. “Even passing ” like Kevin’s nice assists.”

As Eagle Valley’s 3-point attempts bounced off the rim on the next few possessions, the Devils never threatened again.

“Basketball is a game of runs, they’d make their runs and we’d stop them and then go on our runs,” Hire said. “We just stayed on the upside of those runs.”

Glenwood advanced to 6-4 in league and 11-6 overall with the win.

“Glenwood is a tough team. Good kids, a lot of athletes on the team,” said Eagle Valley head coach Pat Gabriel. “They beat us pretty good at our house and beat us pretty good at theirs.”

Eagle Valley fell to 4-6 in the WSL and 5-11 overall.

“They are a very good team,” Hire said of the Devils. “They beat Palisade last week and they’ve come along way since last time we played them.”

The Demons will be back on action on Friday as they will head to Battle Mountain for another WSL showdown.

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