GSHS cagers older, wiser in 2004-05 |

GSHS cagers older, wiser in 2004-05

Post Independent File Photo/Jim Noelker Demon Sean Flohr rounds the point during a game against Rifle last season.

The payoff year is here for the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team. With a young team and a rookie coach, the Demons struggled at times last season.

After a summer during which both coaches and many players traveled to camps, head coach Kevin Flohr believes the 2004-05 Demons will be a different team – one that is “light years ahead of … last year” when the squad went on to finish 8-13 (5-7 Class 4A Western Slope).”I’m so much more comfortable right now. It’s like second nature,” Flohr said. “Last year I couldn’t even find the basketballs.”It doesn’t hurt having four seniors on the team, one of whom is Flohr’s son, Sean. The 6-foot-5 sharpshooter was the Western Slope player of the year and finished second in Class 4A with 23.6 points per game.Sean Flohr – who is expected to move on to the college level, but has yet to make an announcement – spent the summer honing his skills as a member of the Colorado Hawks, traveling the Western United States with the all-star team.

“With his experience, he actually is helping with the other kids on the team – teaching them the game, which would be what is expected from a senior,” the coach said.Other returners expected to make big contributions after a year under Kevin Flohr include senior Dustin Braeger and juniors Chris Benson and Michael Flohr, also a son of Kevin Flohr.Braeger “is going to be a big surprise for everyone,” Kevin Flohr said.

Michael Flohr and Benson both had up-and-down seasons last year, which is to be expected from sophomores, but Flohr expects them to be much improved and comfortable in their junior season. “The (team’s) strength this year as opposed to last year is intelligence and team unity,” Kevin Flohr said. “They all like each other.”The kids have to buy into the system and have the time invested,” he added. “Until the kids are invested, they can’t just walk out there and play. A majority of kids on the team this year did it.”Glenwood opens its season at home Saturday against Montrose.

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