Prep Roundup: Bears bury Skiers behind Lujan, Boone
Behind 20 points from senior guard Avery Lujan and 16 points from junior forward Jacob Boone, the Rifle Bears boys basketball team rolled to a 61-29 win over the Aspen Skiers, Friday, in the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School.
Luis Carreon added six points for the Bears in the win, as Rifle head coach Roger Walters was able to get reserves into the game early and often.
Offensively, the Bears used their speed and athleticism in the open floor to carve up the long, lanky Skiers, who had a tough time getting back on defense in transition.
Lujan started the scoring for Rifle, knocking down a wide open corner-three and then following that up with a driving layup that counted and drew the foul.
While Lujan heated up, the Skiers had no answer for the 6’6” Boone on the fast break. Twelve of Boone’s 16 points came in transition due to missed shots by the Skiers and the ability of Lujan and Carreon to get the ball up the floor quickly.
A majority of the Skiers missed shots were do to a physical, attacking defensive style played by the Bears.
“I thought we were pretty solid defensively,” Walters said. “I thought our help-side defense struggled at times, but on the ball our post defense was pretty solid.”
As the defense turned up the heat, the Bears offense flowed very freely, allowing shooters like Lujan open space.
When given room to shoot, Lujan and the rest of the Bears made the Skiers pay.
“I just wanted to come out strong tonight,” Lujan said. “I wanted all of our team to play together, because that’s what we do best. We wanted to move the ball around and make everyone work together. Everything came into place.”
Right before halftime it was clear that it was Lujan’s night as the senior guard corralled a loose ball and pushed towards center court before heaving a desperation shot at the buzzer that swished through, sending the crowd into a frenzy.”
“I just wanted to throw it up,” Lujan said. “It was just trying to extend the lead. That wasn’t an easy bucket.”
Rifle will take on Roaring Fork at 6:30 p.m., Saturday.
Demons fall to Ignacio on the road
Taking on one of the better teams in all of 2A, the Glenwood Springs Demons boys basketball team found themselves trailing big in the second half before rallying late.
Unfortunately, the Demons came up short, falling to Ignacio, 63-58.
Senior guard Cameron Horning poured in 26 points a night after dropping 34 on Centauri, while senior guard Mason Yellico and freshman guard Angel Garcia each added 11 points in the five-point loss.
Garcia, who is easily the youngest player on varsity to get playing time under Glenwood head coach Cory Hitchcock, came up big down the stretch.
“I was really impressed with Angel tonight,” Hitchcock said. “He came out focused on both ends of the court and got some great open looks offensively. Fortunately, he was able to knock down some shots for us.”
One of Garcia’s big shots was a three-pointer with 17 seconds left to pull the Demons within three of Ignacio.
Despite rallying late, the Demons put themselves in too much of a hole to rally all the way back for the win.
“We came out kind of flat tonight,” Hitchcock said. “We just can’t have that, especially against a really tough team like the one we played tonight. That’s on me as a coach. I have to do a better job of having these kids prepared and ready to go.”
Titans hold off Cedaredge in defensive battle
Behind 22 points from junior guard Hunter Gerber, the Coal Ridge Titans boys basketball team picked up their first win of the season, holding off the Cedaredge Bruins, 46-43, Friday, at Delta High School.
Brandon Herrera added seven points, while Sawyer Snode and Greyson Keener each added six points for the Titans in the win.
In a tight battle against the Bruins, the Titans were able to rely heavily on their defense as they struggled to get shots to fall offensively.
“The outside shots didn’t fall tonight,” Titans head coach Paul Harvey said. “But the team was determined to get to the hoop and the foul line. Although we’re excited for the win, we know we have some work to do.”
The Titans will square off with Paonia, Saturday. The Eagles are currently ranked in the top ten in all of 2A.
Demons girls pick up first win of season
Senior guard Megan Uren and junior guard Lauren Howell poured in nine points each to lead the Glenwood Springs Demons girls basketball team to their first win under new head coach Rhonda Moser, a 36-33 win over the Rye Thunderbolts, Friday.
Senior guard Makenna Warren added five points, and sophomore forward Tatum Peterson added four points, pacing the Demons to victory.
“We had some good defensive play and contributions from everyone,” Moser said following her first win at the helm. “Balanced scoring and good adjustments from last night played a key part. I’m just super proud of this team.”
Titans girls fall to Bruins
One night after knocking off Ignacio, the Coal Ridge Titans girls basketball team came up short the Cedaredge Bruins, Friday, falling 54-22.
“We had a tough night,” head coach Clyde Morgan said. “Our shots weren’t falling at all. Cedaredge is a tough team, and they can really shoot the ball.”
For Coal Ridge, senior guard Jenny Call led the way with six points, while senior guard Courtney Young and freshman guard Kashley Morgan added four points each.
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