Rams rout WSL foes Olathe, Aspen
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” It didn’t take long for the Roaring Fork boys basketball team to assert its dominance against Olathe Saturday night.
Aaron Markham netted a three-pointer to open the scoring, then followed that up with a steal and layup. The point guard snared another Pirate pass and dished to Dan Markoya who glided down the court and threw down a dunk.
And just to show he had some touch to go along with his power, Markoya netted an outside jump shot on the next trip down the court.
At that point the Rams had scored the first nine points. The rout was on.
For the second straight night, undefeated Roaring Fork won by more than 40 points, downing Olathe 82-35. The Rams upended rival Aspen 63-21 on the road on Friday night. Both games were Class 3A Western Slope League contests.
With the winning margins, the Rams’ biggest hurdle this season may be complacency. Markham, however, doesn’t think it will be a problem.
“Coach (Roger Walters) tells us to just work on our fundamentals and not be content,” said Markham, who finished the night with nine points and 10 assists.
The Rams (3-0 WSL, 8-0 overall) didn’t play like a content team, and showed no mercy early against winless Olathe (0-3, 0-8). Roaring Fork was quick to the ball both offensively and defensively, with a large portion of their points set up in transition off turnovers or rebounds.
“Defense, that’s where it starts,” Markham said.
Roaring Fork allowed just two Pirate field goals in the first quarter and it wasn’t until more than midway through the second quarter that Olathe matched the nine points with which the Rams opened the game.
Markoya scored a game-high 24 points in the contest, including three treys. Tyler Gillespie and Jake Boyle added 13 and 12, respectively, for the Roaring Fork team.
Brendon Christie tallied 11 points to lead the Pirates.
On Friday night the Rams tripled up the Skiers in their home gym and avenged, at least partially, their struggles against Aspen over the last seven years.
“They were 14-1 against us (in the previous 15 meetings), and they are one of our big rivals,” Markham said. “It’s a start” to evening things up.
Roaring Fork had three players in double figures, led by Markoya’s game-high 22 points. Nic Lough added 13 and Tommy Joiner notched 11 points.
Aspen was held to just nine field goals in the game and two foul shots. Aaron Parada paced the Skiers with eight points.
Roaring Fork travels to Gunnison for another league contest Saturday.
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