Prep basketball: Red-hot Demons scorch Summit
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The fast start to the season for the Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball team might have surprised some people in Colorado. It just hasn’t surprised the Demons.
“No, we’re not surprised,” said junior center Zack Peterson, whose game-high 16 points helped lift Glenwood to a 65-39 Class 4A Western Slope League victory over the Summit Tigers on Monday night. “I think that we’re a good team, and we’re proving it right now.”
Jared Gambrel added 12 points and Cameron Horning chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for the Demons (6-0 overall, 2-0 league play), who are off to their best start in more than a decade. It’s come in part thanks to a balanced scoring attack, with several people on Glenwood’s roster stepping up to perform.
“It’s hard to guard our team when we’re showing the depth that we have,” Gambrel said. “Every time we get out on the floor, we usually have two guards who are quicker. It ends up being hard to play them and then play helpside [defense] when we can dish it into the post when our guys there are finishing really well.”
The last time the Demons won six in a row was in the 2010-11 season, when the Demons won seven in a row and nine-of-10 games in one stretch of a season where they won the league championship.
Brian Burbidge added 13 points and was one of four Glenwood players to score in double figures. Overall as a team, the Demons hit 25-of-52 shots (48 percent) from the field, with Peterson finishing 8-of-12 shooting.
Summit junior Thomas DeBonville also had a game-high 16 points to pace the Tigers (0-6, 0-2), who managed to stay in the game through the first three quarters despite trailing for the duration. The Tigers also got four-point performances from Jason Engel, Merrick Crispell and Zach Johnson. Glenwood, however, limited the Tigers to just 15-of-46 shooting (32.6 percent), but they were able to pull within 22-16 after Engel and DeBonville hit back-to-back 3-pointers with just a little more than 6 minutes left in the first half.
Gambrel answered right back, however, with a 3-pointer of his own with 5:22 on the clock. That sparked an offensive surge for the Demons, who got a three-point play from Will Gray and a 3-pointer at the end of the half from Burbidge to take a 39-25 lead at the break.
And Glenwood kept adding onto its lead, outscoring Summit 11-6 in the third quarter before a pair of layups from Peterson — the final one coming with 3:12 left to play — gave the Demons a 55-35 cushion.
“We need to start jumping out on people at the start as opposed to letting them hang with us in the first quarter and then saying, ‘Oh, it’s time to turn it on and start scoring,’” Gambrel said.
“And it definitely helps when all of my guards are making the passes down low,” the 6-foot-6 Peterson added. “That makes scoring and finishing a lot easier.”
Glenwood Springs 64, Summit 19
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Delaney Gaddis finished with a game-high 22 points to go with a 14-point outing from Madi Spence, helping the Demons (5-0, 2-0 Class 4A WSL) remain unbeaten with a convincing victory over the Tigers (2-3, 0-2).
Bella Diaz added eight points and Jordan DeCrow and Laura McDermott each added six for Glenwood, which finished with a 47-19 rebounding edge. Eight of the 12 players on the Demons’ roster scored.
Brittany Berry and Michelle Frias each scored four points to pace the Tigers in scoring. Summit, after trailing 34-12 at halftime, was limited to just seven points in the second half.
Gaddis finished with four 3-pointers, with three of them coming in the first quarter. Both Spence and Hailey Armstrong finished with eight rebounds.
Glenwood will continue league play on Friday afternoon against Steamboat Springs. The games will be played at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Game times are slated for 1:15 p.m. for the girls game and 3:30 p.m. for the boys game.
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