Kevin and Kevin duo helps Glenwood beat Palisade
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. With Palisade down 58-52 with 1:45 left in the game, the Bulldogs decided to full-court press the Glenwood boys basketball team. While they heavily pressured the Demons, Kevin Warkentin ran to the other side of the court undetected to everyone – everyone except Kevin Screen.Glenwood’s sophomore guard zipped the ball down the court to Warkentin, who took one power dribble and threw down a monstrous slam dunk – bringing the crowd at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium to its feet, deflating any hope for a Palisade comeback and helping Glenwood to a 67-55 win on Saturday night.”I caught the ball in the corner and looked and was like, ‘Whoa, there is no one there. All right – I’ll take it,'” Warkentin said of the play. “It’s always fun to do that.”
Screen, a former Coal Ridge player who played his first basketball game as a Demon last weekend after sitting out for the 11 games the Colorado High School Activities Association requires for transfers, has already made a big impact on Glenwood.”Kevin Screen has helped a lot – it’s the Kevin and Kevin duo,” Warkentin said.The play put Glenwood (5-1 Class 4A Western Slope League, 10-5 overall) up 60-52 and fueled more Glenwood scoring, as Dakota Stonehouse hit four consecutive free throws to go up 64-52.
After Bulldog Devin Schmitt sunk a 3-pointer to bring Palisade (4-3 WSL, 9-5 overall) within nine points, Screen jump-started another Warkentin dunk – this time after a steal and pass to Stonehouse, who found the 6-3 senior under the basket. That one officially sealed it.”We needed to win that one because it was a big league win,” said Warkentin, who finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds.Running the point, Stonehouse and Screen combined for eight assists and eight steals. Stonehouse finished the game with 13 points and eight rebounds while Screen added another four points.
“Dakota has played extremely well for us all season. Now that he has his running mate with him, I think he feels a little more comfortable,” said Glenwood head coach Greg Hire. “Kevin really helps out offensive flow. He helps the team just play smoothly and better.”Earlier in the fourth quarter, Palisade switched gears from trying to hit 3-pointers, 10 of which it sunk on the night, to trying to get to the free-throw line. The Bulldogs made it there 12 times in the final quarter, but their effort was erased by Glenwood hitting 13 of 14 from the charity stripe during the same period.”We finally were able to penetrate and they started fouling us, but by then it was too late. They’d put the stranglehold on us already,” said Palisade head coach Keenon Clement. “They played better than us tonight. … The score says 12, but it was much closer than that.”The Demons will be back on their home court to face league rival Rifle on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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