Rams’ boys slide past Aspen, 61-37
Post Independent Staff
PALISADE ” Watching the Roaring Fork boys basketball team reel off one of its patented scoring runs is beautiful to see.
Unless you’re the opposing team.
Aspen must have felt like that when the Rams went on a 13-5 binge that permanently distanced themselves from the Skiers in the second quarter of Friday’s, Class 3A boys, District 2 basketball tournament semifinal contest.
What shaped-up as a good test for the No. 1-seeded Rams turned into laughter. Roaring Fork’s athleticism was too much for the Skiers, who fell 61-37, when the Rams decided to turn on the jets.
Only up by six in the first minute of the second frame, the Rams’ Tyler Hunt ripped two straight field goals through the cords for a 10-point lead. Not satisfied, Derek Parker drained in a 3-pointer to pad the cushion. Throw in a couple of baskets from Christian Tena and Adam Joiner a couple of possessions later, and the ball game was over.
Aspen scored a mere 14 points in the first half ” connecting on 5-of-13 field goal attempts. Roaring Fork, whose shooting for its third straight regional championship in as many years this afternoon, more than doubled that output.
The Rams outscored their opponent 35-14 in the half, and went 13-of-32 from the field.
In taking the huge halftime lead, it turned the second half into more of an exercise that a basketball game. Aspen recovered ” a bit, and the game was tighter. But by the fourth quarter, Roaring Fork coach Roger Walters had sent in his subs and was relaxing on the bench.
Parker led the regulars with 13 points. Hunt had his best half of the year, going 4-for-6 from the field, which scored 10. Kyle Raaflaub managed to knock home three 3-pointers in limited play.
The Rams play neighboring rival Basalt for the district title at 5:30 p.m. today.
Longhorns head to title game
Ben Pollack had a good night from the free-throw line, and Basalt put the senior guard’s marksmanship to good use in Friday’s district semifinal contest.
Pollack went 12-of-14 from the charity stripe and scored a team-high 17 points to give the Longhorns a 60-47 victory over Gunnison. The win puts Basalt into today’s championship game with Roaring Fork. The Cowboys play Aspen for third place this afternoon.
Hotchkiss pins upset on Basalt
Free throws played a big role for Hotchkiss in the Bulldogs’ 48-40 overtime upset of No. 1 seeded Basalt in the other half of Friday’s girls district semifinals.
Sinking 25-of-36 shots from the charity stripe, including eight of their 10 points in OT, earned Hotchkiss a berth in today’s championship game against Roaring Fork. Basalt will face Cedaredge in the third-place game at 1 p.m.
All four teams reaching the district semifinal round advance to next week’s Class 3A regionals.
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With the game slipping away in the second half, Kylie Kenny and Mia Seltzer were the catalysts in Aspen’s 12-11 stunner on Monday over visiting Roaring Fork on the AHS turf, a win that keeps the Skiers undefeated on the young season.