Rams hand Demons a loss at home
Nic Lough’s worries about his shooting touch didn’t affect his performance Tuesday night.
“I cut my finger last night, and I was a little afraid of it,” the Roaring Fork senior said. The way he hit shots in the Rams’ 78-41 win over Glenwood Springs, maybe Lough should cut himself before every game.
The senior put the game in the icebox, opening a 16-point lead after connecting on three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter.
“Coach (Roger Walters) told me to just keep shooting,” Lough said after going 1-of-7 in the first half. Aaron (Markham) found me. I was wide open and I was fortunate to make them.”
Roaring Fork made a lot of shots.
“We’ve been waiting for something like that to happen and the lid came off tonight,” Walters said. “We actually shot well tonight, and it was fun to watch.”
The Rams evened their seasonal record at 3-3 by hitting 20 of 48 field goals in the nonleague contest. Markham also had a good night. The point guard tossed in 24 points on six field goals and an 11-of-14 performance at the free throw line.
Meanwhile, the Demons, who suffered their fourth straight loss, couldn’t find the basket.
Glenwood (1-4), after forcing seven lead changes in the first quarter, never challenged after being outgunned 20-12 in the second period. The Demons led 12-11 on Dustin Braeger’s field goal with 1 minute, 58 seconds left in the first and never lead again.
The Rams defense especially bothered Demons sharpshooter Sean Flohr. Flohr scored a mere nine points and was held without a field goal until the 5:47 mark in the fourth quarter. Prior to the basket, the Glenwood senior was 0-for-12 in field goal attempts.
“The credit goes to Parker Nieslanik for that,” Lough said. “He was in Sean’s shorts all night. My hat’s off to him, he deserves the game ball tonight.”
Tyler Thimsen paced the Demons with 10 points.
“Any time you play Glenwood, the object is to not let their best player beat you,” Walters said. “(Flohr) is a special boy, and we knew that we had to play tough on Sean, and the kids did.”
What pleased Walters the most was the Rams’ defensive effort.
“When we play D like that, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
Glenwood travels to Craig for this weekend’s Western Slope League preseason tournament, starting Friday with Eagle Valley. Roaring Fork finishes its pre-holiday-break portion of the schedule Friday at Florence.
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