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In the zone

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Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Glenwood Springs High School junior Tyler Thimsen goes up for a shot against Rifle High School senior Bryan Cloninger, right, in Tuesday night's game at GSHS. Glenwood won the game 64-35.
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For a team that takes pride in its offense prowess, Glenwood Springs proved it’s not too shabby a defensive club, either.The Demons hit 21-of-36 field goals, while holding Rifle to a 24 percent (14-of-58) night to net a 64-35 win Wednesday. Their shift to the zone defense from their usual man-on-man scheme in the second quarter put Rifle out of sync and in a hole it never could recover from when they scored five points in the period.Glenwood (6-4 league, 9-9 overall), thanks to the zone, took a 26-16 lead at intermission and never trailed afterwards.

“The zone defense was great, That’s what won us the game.” said Demons forward Chris Benson.”It was a good coaching move on (Glenwood) coach (Kevin) Flohr’s part to chance to that zone,” said Rifle head coach Chris Lowther. “We knew that they run that zone and we prepared for us, but it was a matter of us being cold.”And, the Bears (7-3, 11-7) were frigid in the second quarter. Bryan Cloninger hit a field goal (plus a free throw) with 5 minutes, 30 seconds left in the period. Adam Krick scored Rifle’s other basket three minutes later.

Overall, the Bears were 2-of-20 in the quarter.Up by 10 at intermission, the Demons had the game wrapped up when they scored six straight points at the end of the third quarter to pull away to a 43-26 lead. Benson ended with 11 points and had a game-high five assists. But, there were a number of contributors in the Demons’ win.

Center Ryan Forakar lead all scorers with 16 points. Sean Flohr, shifting as needed from a guard to a forward spot, finished with a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds). Nathan Moore, almost unobserved, tossed in 10 points while pulling down seven rebounds.Krick led Rifle with eight points. The Demons travel to Eagle Valley on Friday, then return home the next night for a league game with Battle Mountain.Rifle is off until Saturday when the Bears host Eagle Valley.


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