Glenwood Springs boys demolish Devils
GYPSUM – With just about a second left on the clock, Glenwood Springs’ shortest player – Russell Collins – registered an offensive rebound and putback.And that about summed up a rough night for Eagle Valley. Crashing the offensive glass with a fury and putting points on the board in flurries, the Demons scored a 73-52 boys basketball win over the Devils in Gypsum on Tuesday.”Yeah, the boys crashed the boards well,” said Glenwood coach Greg Hire, whose team ripped down 19 offensive rebounds, many translating into easy points.”Offensive rebounds killed us,” Devils coach Pat Gabriel said, flatly. “One reason they were getting offensive rebounds is they were flying in there and being first to the ball while we looked like we were in quicksand.”The Demons also looked solid in all aspects of the game. “Our defense was good,” Hire added. “We were working on some new offense and a did good job staying focused on that.”Hire didn’t say specifically what his Demons were changing up on offense, but wants to flash different looks at teams as the season barrels toward the second half of Class 4A Western Slope League play. “There were times (point guard) Kevin (Screen) gave me looks like, ‘Do I really have to do run the offense again? Can’t we just play,'” Hire quipped.Everything Glenwood did on offense worked against Eagle Valley, and Screen, a junior, fronted the charge with 12 points and six assists. On defense, he had four steals. Adam Hawkins added 11 points off the bench, while Connor Riley finished with nine points on three 3-pointers. Bennet Nicola and Patrick Hailey chipped in eight points and Jason Whiting had seven.It was a much-needed win for Glenwood, now 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the 4A WSL, entering tonight’s showdown with regional rival Rifle. “Having Rifle tomorrow, we really wanted to rest a lot of our players,” Demons coach Greg Hire said after his team took care of business at Eagle Valley. “We wanted to make sure they weren’t dead tomorrow.”Scott House and Cesar Castillo were responsible for the lion’s share of the Devil offense, with House pouring in a game-best 22 points and Castillo adding 19.Eagle Valley dropped to 2-10 overall and to 1-2 in the 4A WSL.
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