No. 39 Demons fall short to No. 7 Cyclones
On the road for the second round of the 4A state playoffs Saturday afternoon, the Glenwood Springs Demons boys basketball team came up short against the defending 4A state champion Pueblo West Cyclones, 100-49, at Pueblo West High School.
Following a first round upset win over Conifer Wednesday night, 56-45, the Demons looked to pull off an even bigger upset Saturday afternoon against the defending state champs, but a game-high 32 points from the 13th-ranked player in the state of Colorado, Pueblo West senior guard David Simental, did in the Demons in the loss.
Pueblo West would race out to a 55-25 halftime lead thanks to a 27-point first quarter and 28-point second quarter, fueled by 21 first-half points from Simental, who hit three three-pointers in the half.
Glenwood would get two three-pointers from junior guard AJ Crowley and one three-pointer from sophomore guard Angel Garcia in the first half, but it wouldn’t be enough to slow down the explosive Cyclones on the day.
In the second half, Glenwood would erupt for 16 third-quarter points as Crowley would hit two more threes, but the Demons would score just eight points in the fourth quarter as freshman guard Wyatt Ewer hit a three-pointer while Crowley hit a bucket and a free throw, closing out the season for the Demons.
Along with Simental’s 32 points, sophomore Pierre Taylor and junior Nyieme Smyer-Williams added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Cyclones.
Crowley finished with 21 points for the Demons.
Glenwood finishes the year with a record 14-11, 8-4 4A Western Slope League, holding a share of the regular season league championship with Steamboat Springs.
The Demons will return a large majority of their roster for next year while losing just two seniors in forwards Carlos Nolasco-Montes and Nic Isgrig.
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