GSHS boys winless against stiff competition |

GSHS boys winless against stiff competition

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Pat Waller (14) sets up a trap against Faith Christian's Jordan Long (23) at midcourt during the Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational Basketball Tournament Friday night. The Demons lost, 81-71.

Fruita Monument caught fire off the opening tip Saturday, and the Demons boys basketball team never was able to douse the flame.The Wildcats scored on their first seven trips down the floor to open the game with a 14-2 run and rolled to a 61-42 victory over Glenwood Springs in the last game of the Demon Invitational round-robin tournament.Glenwood finished the tournament winless. The Wildcats posted a 2-1 record over the weekend.

The fierce competition at the tournament was no surprise to Class 4A Glenwood (1-3). Class 3A teams Faith Christian and Holy Family both earned top-10 rankings in at least one preseason state poll, with Faith earning the No. 1 spot in the Denver Post. Faith Christian downed Glenwood 81-71 on Friday night and Holy Family beat the Demons 58-52 Saturday morning.The toughest outing, however, came against 5A Fruita Monument. The Demons battled back from the early deficit to pull within two points late in the second quarter, but the Glenwood squad didn’t have anything left after the rally. After the Demons cut the lead to 25-23 with just over 3 minutes left in the first half, the Wildcats scored the next 17 points and didn’t allow Glenwood a field goal until the final minute of the third quarter. In the final minutes of the second quarter through the third quarter Fruita outscored the Demons 24-5.As with most of the game, the Wildcats’ big man, Riar Geer, did most of the damage during the run, dominating the paint and scoring with 12 of his 16 points. Teammate Shawn Hanson joined Geer in double figures with 15 and Nick Fisher posted 10.

Glenwood’s Sean Flohr tallied a game-high 18 points in the losing effort and Tyler Shadlow had a solid night shooting with three treys and 11 points.In the first two Demon Invite games Flohr went off for a combined 52 points, but it wasn’t enough to lift Glenwood past Faith Christian or Holy Family.It doesn’t happen often, but on Friday night Faith Christian kept pace with the Demons from long range. The two teams combined for 18 field goals from beyond the arc, with each team hitting nine.Flohr finished with 31 points, including five threes, while Michael Flohr tallied 15 points.

Faith Christian’s Jordan Long led all scorers with 34 points, including six treys, and Abram Ziener and Chad Richard scored 12 each.In Saturday morning’s contest Kyle Addy paced Holy Family with 20 as the Tigers rallied from a four-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.Holy Family’s Mark Hernandez keyed the rally with all 10 of his points coming in the fourth quarter. Johnnie Garcia also had 10 points for the Tigers.Sean Flohr posted 21 points and Shadlow had 10.Other scores: Holy Family 58, Fruita Monument 56; Fruita Monument 70, Faith Christian 64; Faith Christian 72, Holy Family 60.

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