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Rams’ run in 4th falls short


ROARING FORK (42) — Ben Carpenter 5 0-0 14, Dwayne Yin 6 0-1 12, Jack Fisher 3 1-1 7, Ben Jenkins 1 0-0 3, Freezy Mbanguza 1 1-2 3, Timmy Nielsen 1 1- 3, Raul Leyva 0 0-0 0, Aldo Pinela 0 0-0 0, Jassiel Petatan 0 0-0 0, Cherig Sherpa 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 3-9 42.

COLORADO ACADEMY (56) — Jack Buckmelter 7 1-1 14, Kuelling 5 0-0 13, Bassey 5 3-3 13, Hyatt 3 3-4 9, Creedon 1 0-0 2, Prat 1 0-0 2, A. Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-8 56.

Roaring Fork 8 7 12 15 — 42

Colo. Acadamy 1018 22 6 — 56

3-point goals — Roaring Fork 5 (Carpenter 4, Jenkins), Colorado Academy 5 (Kuelling 3, Buckmelter 2). Totals fouls — Roaring Fork 13, Colorado Academy 13. Fouled out — None.

DENVER — A big deficit early in the game against fourth-seeded Colorado Academy didn’t keep the Roaring Fork High School boys basketball team from finishing the season strong on Friday night.

Ben Carpenter finished with a game-high 14 points to go with Dwayne Yin’s 12 for the Rams, who fell behind big in the second quarter but closed out the game strong during a 56-42 loss in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

“I’m real proud of these guys,” longtime Roaring Fork coach Larry Williams said. “The difference in the game was that they made two real big runs, and we only were able to answer one of them.”

Colorado Academy (21-2 overall), which also got a game-high 14 points from Jack Buckmelter, moved into this afternoon’s regional final with the win. The loss ended Roaring Fork’s season at 11-12 overall.

The Rams only trailed 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Buckmelter scored nine points in the second quarter to help the Mustangs take a 28-15 halftime lead. By the end of the third quarter, Roaring Fork trailed 50-27, but pulled within 14 by the end of the game.

Williams commended the play of Jack Fisher, who finished with seven points but also took a pair of charges during the game. Fisher, a senior, only recently returned to the team after undergoing tailbone surgery in December.

“I’m real proud of the effort our guys made,” the coach said. “All of them are really good kids.”

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