GSHS goes cold down the stretch
The same guys were on the floor, but the Demons looked like a different basketball team in the fourth quarter against Faith Christian Friday night.The Demons scored a meager four points in the final eight minutes of their home opener. Glenwood’s sparse output in the last stanza allowed the visiting Class 3A Eagles to pull away for an easy 71-45 win.While no one expected the sudden lack of punch from the Demons, there were enough signs earlier this was going to be a tough night for Glenwood.In the Demons case – field goals where about as abundant as cheap gasoline.Glenwood’s best quarter came right after tipoff. After watching Faith Christian take a 10-4 lead, the Demons responded with a 8-0 scoring run to gain one of two late first-quarter leads before ending the period in a 17-all tie.Pat Waller scored his only basket of the contest for a 13-12 lead with three minutes, 28 seconds left. A couple of exchanges later, Chris Benson banked in an offensive rebound after a miss for the other lead.Glenwood hit on 7-of-14 shots from the field in the quarter. After that, the field goal percentages shrank dramatically.The Demons were 2-of-9 from the floor in the second period, but managed to stay within two points of the Eagles at intermission by hitting 8-of-9 free throws.Abram Ziemer, scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half to give Faith Christian a slim 33-31 edge at halftime. And, despite connecting on just four of 16 shots in the third quarter, the Demons were in position to take control of the game.A surprise 3-pointer by an unguarded Nate Forrestall and a Michael Flohr free throw put the Demons up 41-40 with just over three minutes left in the period.It was the last time Glenwood led.Faith Christian, who only outscored the Demons 13-11 in the quarter, pulled out to a five-point lead by the buzzer on a 3-pointer from Jobi Wall and a two-point basket by Graham Yantes.The Eagles continued their hot streak with a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter to put the game in the ice box. The skein gave Faith Christian a 55-41 lead, and the Eagles never led by less than 13 points the rest of the way.Benson scored three of the Demons four points in the quarter on a put-back bucket after another offensive rebound and a free throw off an Eagle personal foul. The Demons were 1-of-9 from the field in the period.Nate Moore, one of two Glenwood players to foul out in the fourth, led the team with 11 points. Ryan Foraker had 10.The Demons resume play in the Demon Invitational at 10:30 a.m. this morning against Rock Canyon, then face Fruita Monument in the two-day long event’s wrap-up game at 4:30 p.m.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.