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Since opening the season 0-3 the Roaring Fork boys basketball team has gone on a bit of a tear, notching seven straight wins.The slow start was a bit unexpected, but all the losses did come against solid Class 4A teams, including a two-point defeat at the hands of now No. 1 Northridge. Roaring Fork’s sheer dominance since the losses is no surprise to anyone who followed the team last year when it didn’t suffer a defeat until the semifinal round of the state tournament.The Rams (4-0 league, 7-3 overall) defeated their first four Class 3A Western Slope League opponents by an average of 30 points so far this season.If there is a team in the league able to give Roaring Fork a challenge, it may be tonight’s opponent. The Rams and Cedaredge (3-0, 8-2) are the only remaining league unbeatens and tip off at 8 p.m. The girls game precedes the boys at 6:30 p.m.Like Roaring Fork, Cedaredge got off to a slow start, dropping its first two games before winning the last eight. Cedaredge, however, hasn’t played nearly the quality of teams Roaring Fork faced in its first 10 games.Four of Cedaredge’s wins have come against 1A or 2A schools. The Bruins have been solid in league play, however, winning all three games by 12 points or more.The Bruins’ Brett Ellis is the top offensive threat for Cedaredge, topping 30 points in two games so far this season. Defensively, the squad hasn’t allowed more than 55 points since starting its win streak, a mark that will be difficult to keep intact against Roaring Fork.The Rams, led by post Nic Lough (17.5 points per game) and point guard Aaron Markham (9.1 assists per game), scored more than 60 points in their past five games – and that’s while playing the second string late in the games.On Saturday, Roaring Fork plays the first of six consecutive league games on the road when it travels to Hotchkiss. The Rams girls (4-0, 9-1) tip off at 4 p.m. and the boys take the court at 5:30 p.m.The Hotchkiss girls team is the only other WSL unbeaten at 4-0 (10-1).• In other 3A WSL action, Basalt hosts Aspen tonight with the girls starting at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the Longhorns travel to Cedaredge with games at 4 and 5:30 p.m.• In Class 4A WSL play, Glenwood Springs travels to Palisade today and hosts Delta on Saturday.Flip-flop the schedule for Rifle, as the Bears play at Delta tonight and travel to Palisade on Saturday.All the girls games are scheduled to start at 6 p.m., while the boys tip off at 7:30 p.m.


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