Glenwood Springs boys fall short

Jeff Caspersen and Joelle Milholm
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Hosting the No. 3-ranked 3A basketball team and a tough 5A squad in your home tournament is a tough task.

And while the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team battled hard, they were unable to come away with a win against either in the Demon Invitational on Saturday.

After falling to Faith Christian 58-48, the Demons fell to Fruita Monument 58-46.

Foul trouble got the Demons out of whack early, causing starters to spend a lot of time on the bench and the Wildcats to get a lot of chances on offense.

Unable to stop Fruita point guard Corey Schultz, Glenwood got down 18-7 at the end of the first quarter.

“This is our first game to have Corey Schultz back. He makes a huge difference for our team,” said Fruita head coach Dave Fox of Schultz, who scored 11 points, had five assists and three steals. “He’s a difference maker and makes everybody better.”

The Demons remained down all game, but had a flicker of hope in the third quarter when they pulled within two.

Demon fouls and turnovers allowed Fruita to pull away, however, and the Demons never got closer than 11 points in the fourth quarter after point guard Kevin Screen fouled out.

Connor Riley lead the Demons with 12 points and six rebounds, while Dakota Stonehouse and Patrick Hailey each scored eight. Hailey, Glenwood’s 6-5 center, thought playing quality opponents helped the Demons (1-2) even though they didn’t get any wins.

“It was two tough games back-to-back,” Hailey said. “So I think we did well. We grew. We played better than we did at Summit.”

Faith Christian turned an eight-point halftime deficit into a 10-point victory over Glenwood in the Demons’ early Saturday contest. The Eagles’ Tim Yeager poured in 26 points and shot 11-of-13 from the floor to lift the Class 3A school to a 58-48 win and spoil Glenwood’s first home game of the season.

Trailing 30-22 at halftime, the Eagles kicked off the third quarter with a 13-0 run that more or less buried the Demons for good. Faith Christian used traps and a smothering man defense to hold Glenwood without a field goal until the 2:26 mark in winning the frame 21-6.

The Demons pulled to within five early in the fourth but couldn’t muster the firepower for a comeback.

Screen and Riley led Glenwood with 15 points apiece. Screen also had eight assists and two steals while Stonehouse added nine points.

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