Glenwood Springs boys win Black Canyon basketball tourney

Joelle MilholmPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

MONTROSE – Wins over Rifle and Montrose on Saturday and one over Centauri on Friday netted a Black Canyon Tournament championship for the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team in Montrose this weekend. After knocking off Rifle 65-54 on Saturday morning, the Demons found themselves in the title match against Montrose. The Indians couldn’t keep up with Glenwood however, as the Demons won 47-37 for the crown. A huge second quarter put the Demons ahead 25-19 at halftime against Montrose. The Demons had to work at it to keep their advantage as Montrose held the Demons to five points in the third quarter, cutting Glenwood’s lead to 36-30. With some clutch free throws, huge rebounds and good teamwork, the Demons kept Montrose at bay in the closing minutes.Connor Riley and Kevin Screen lead the Demons with nine points each, while Screen added nine assists and Riley had five fourth-quarter rebounds. Donnie Jennert had six points, while Patrick Hailey chipped in 10 rebounds and two points.The famed rivalry match between Glenwood (4-2) and Rifle (3-3) came a little early this year, and instead of meeting in league play in January and February, the two were paired in the semifinals of the Black Canyon Tourney.”It was a really tight game,” said Rifle head coach Chris Lowther. “I thought both teams did a good job of keeping their cool and played hard.” Rifle worked to a small lead at halftime and even got the margin up to 10 points in the third quarter, but the Demons weren’t ready to throw in the towel yet. Glenwood started to make the Bears’ lead shrink behind the strong play of point guard Screen, who totaled 24 points in the contest. Screen helped Glenwood go up by three points with a minute and a half to go, and Rifle was forced to foul. That’s where Glenwood made them pay.”They made 25 free throws, and we shot terrible from the free-throw line,” Lowther said. “That was the difference.”Rifle came back in its next game against Eagle Valley, and got a 62-42 win against the Devils. This time, the Bears dominated the free-throw line, sinking 25 of 32 from the charity stripe.At the end of the tournament Glenwood’s Jennert, who totaled 32 points in the tourney, and Rifle’s Scott Rust were named to the all-tournament team.

After winning six straight games to start the 2007-08 season, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the year, falling 52-35 to Montrose in the championship game of the Black Canyon Tournament in Montrose.Long scoring draughts, like a four-minute one in the second quarter and another in the fourth, helped Montrose pull away throughout the game. The Demons came out strong in the third quarter, led by two 3-pointers from Sharaya Selsor that cut Montrose’s one-time 20-point lead to 40-29, but Glenwood never got any closer.Glenwood (6-1) defeated Pueblo West 53-36 on Saturday morning to land in the title match against Montrose.The Rifle girls, who were also playing in the tournament, fell to Montrose 53-31 in the semifinals on Saturday, after getting behind 13-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Bears (3-4) then found themselves in the third-place contest against Pueblo West Saturday afternoon, and Rifle took third after beating the Cyclones 55-48.Glenwood’s Sharaya and Katrina Selsor, as well as Rifle’s Chelsea Webb, were named to the All-Black Canyon Tournament team.

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