PREP ROUNDUP: Wyatt Ewer’s 14 points leads Demons over Devils, 66-49; Basalt wrestling tops Rifle 39-36
On the road Thursday night for a 4A Western Slope League matchup with the Eagle Valley Devils in Gypsum, the Glenwood Springs Demons boys basketball team cruised to a 66-49 win, moving ever closer to clinching the league’s championship for the third straight season.
Against the Devils, senior guard Wyatt Ewer led the way for Glenwood with 14 points, scoring eight points in the fourth quarter before hitting two huge fourth-quarter 3-pointers to pace the Demons on the night.
“Wyatt had one of his best performances of the year,” said Fred Heisel, Glenwood’s head coach. “He led us on offense and defense tonight.”
Along with Ewer’s big performance, senior guard Chano Gonzalez continues to score in a flurry. The senior came through with a game-high 20 points for the Demons, hitting two 3-pointers while going 6-for-8 from the free throw line.
The second half was big for the Demons as a trio of juniors came off the bench and provided some scoring of their own. Junior Mitchell Burt chipped in with 10 points for Glenwood, while John Iuele and Will Narvaez added six and four points, respectively, with Iuele’s six coming on two 3-pointers.
Glenwood Springs 59, Eagle Valley 34
Traveling to Gypsum Thursday night for a 4A Western Slope League clash with the Eagle Valley Devils, the Glenwood Springs Demons girls basketball team came out firing against the Devils, putting the game out of reach early to allow a number of reserves heavy playing time in the league win.
Glenwood raced out to a 40-17 lead at the half before cruising the rest of the way for the win.
Junior forward Qwynn Massie led the Demons in points with 15 on the night, scoring eight points in the first quarter to pace the Glenwood attack. Senior guard Emily Worline added 12 points for the Demons, hitting one 3-pointer in the win, while senior guard Ximena Gutierrez added eight points in the effort. Senior Afton Larsen came off the bench to score seven points for Glenwood, while senior Logan Nieslanik added six points.
Basalt 39, Rifle 36
Taking on the Basalt Longhorns Thursday night in a dual, the Rifle Bears wrestling team dropped a 39-36 decision.
Basalt started out fast, racing out to an 18-0 lead as Ruben Samuelson won by forfeit at 152 pounds, and Tai Kim won by forfeit at 170 pounds. Ryan Borchelt also won by forfeit at 160 points for the Longhorns.
Rifle’s Pedro Guardado quickly got the Bears on track in an actual match at 182 pounds as he pinned Basalt’s Jose Castorena in 2:37, before Alex Guardado and Jared Henderson won by forfeit for the Bears at 195 pounds and 220 pounds, drawing even with Basalt at 18-18.
The 285-pound match saw Basalt’s Ernesto Lopez pin Rifle’s Alejandro Robles in 3:05, before both teams forfeited the 106-pound match. With Basalt holding a 24-18 lead, Walker Lassiter pinned Rifle’s Hunter Bercher in 1:15 of the 113-pound match, making it 30-18 Basalt. The Longhorns then added on as Axel Requeno defeated Rifle’s Justin Henderson by decision (8-6) in the 120-pound match, making it 33-18.
Rifle’s Bryce Rowley put the Bears back on track as he pinned Basalt’s Zach Pagan in 3:13 of the 126-pound match, but Basalt’s Zach Jackson then won by forfeit in the 132-pound match, making it 39-24 Basalt. The Bears charged late as Talon Cordova pinned Basalt’s Nathan Rivera in 1:59 of the 138-pound match, and Conrad Demann pinned Ryan Zheng at 3:41 in the 145-pound match to close out the dual.
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