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Little satisfaction in Rams’ win

Valley Journal/John Stroud
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CARBONDALE – Given the choice, Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork would probably ask for a do-over of Tuesday’s nonleague game.Neither the victorious Rams, who came out on top of a 56-50 decision, nor the losing Demons, were happy with their efforts.Probably the best thing that came out of the contest was that both teams concluded the game uninjured. The Rams’ Christian Tena said his team “didn’t execute.” It summed up the feelings of both squads.”We failed to do it. There were times we ran our stuff for extended times, then we didn’t know what we were doing.”Tena wasn’t totally correct. The one thing the Rams (2-3) did properly all night was convert free throws. Roaring Fork made 20-of-22 shots from the free-throw line.That made up for their poor shooting in the second half, when they hit only four field goals in 16 minutes.Kevin Flohr was on the top of his game in the first period.The Demon senior drained three of the six 3-pointers he’d have in the game’s opening moments, allowing Glenwood to take a 14-5 lead.Once Flohr scored his 12th point in the period, a sputtering Rams club came back to life. By the end of the quarter, field goals from Tena, Kade Gianinetti and Tyler Hunt had narrowed the score to 15-13.Then it was the Rams’ turn to look great. Taking the momentum they had built up into the second quarter Roaring Fork outscored Glenwood 23-8 in the period by hitting 10-of-17 shots.In the same span, Glenwood connected on just 3-of-9 field goal attempts to fall behind by 13 at halftime.A late 7-0 scoring run in the third quarter, sparked by another Flohr trey and with baskets from Ryan Zerfoss and Tyler Thimsen, cut Roaring Fork’s lead to 42-35.Afterwards, at least in the Rams’ case, the game’s remaining eight minutes was an exercise of hanging on. Leading by as many as 10 points, Glenwood cut Roaring Fork’s lead in half, only to run out of time.Flohr scored the Demons’ last basket, fittingly a 3-pointer, with 41 seconds left. A.J. Joiner, of the Rams, made a free throw for the final score.Both teams have games on tap this weekend before shutting down for the holidays. Starting Friday, Glenwood will participate in the two-day, eight-team Black Canyon Tournament at Montrose High School.Roaring Fork finishes up with a nonleague game Saturday at Florence.


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