Rams snuff Bennett
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” With a methodical 73-32 home drubbing of Bennett on Friday, Roaring Fork marched on in its quest for a Class 2A boys basketball state title.
The Rams (22-1), holders of the top seed in the state tourney’s Bob Chavez Region, face No. 4 Estes Park (16-7) today at 1 p.m. ” again at Carbondale ” with a trip to next weekend’s Colorado State University-hosted Great Eight on the line.
If Roaring Fork comes close to matching the defensive prowess and intensity it showcased Friday on Saturday, consider the team’s ticket to Fort Collins punched.
“It starts with our defense and things just roll,” said 6-foot-7 Ram post Torrey Udall, who finished the night with 15 points and eight rebounds in about three quarters of play. “Our offense was pushing the ball. We weren’t expecting (the score) to get up that high.”
Roaring Fork’s square on the scoreboard seemed to grow exponentially. The Rams’ disruptive defense parlayed countless steals into fast break points as they put up 48 points in the opening half, 31 of those coming in the second quarter.
“We ran the fast break real well,” said senior Kyle Raaflaub, who had eight points and three steals. “Coach stressed that we’d have to get out and run. We just executed, took good shots and worked it around.”
As the Ram starters trickled off the floor in the third and fourth frames, Bennett took advantage and managed to double up (18-9) the hosts in the final quarter, but the damage was long done.
Actually, the fourth was the only stanza in which the Tigers put up double digits in points, and it came on the heels of a two-point third quarter.
Roaring Fork coach Roger Walters, concerned about his team’s defense entering the state tournament, had little to complain about on Friday.
“I wish we could have bottled up tonight,” he said, looking ahead to his team’s matchup with Estes Park. “We just have to come out and try to play the same way tomorrow.”
Tyler Hunt matched Udall with a Roaring Fork-best 15 points. Kade Gianinetti ended up with 13 points and five steals and Trevor hunt threw in 13 points.
Porter Wilson led Bennett (10-14) and all scorers with 18 points, with 12 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Estes Park beat Buena Vista 67-44 earlier in the evening at Roaring Fork. No one is taking the Bobcats lightly.
“They have some good athletes,” Udall said. “We have to go in there and play ‘D.’ This is regionals. They’ve earned it just as much as we have.”
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