Rams top Bruins in lopsided win
CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork point guard Kade Gianinetti seems to be everywhere during the course of a game.Whether it’s leading his team down the court on a fast break or driving to the hoop and dishing the ball to an open teammate, he sparks a Ram team that has plenty of weapons.It was Gianinetti that opened the scoring for Roaring Fork with two free throws, followed by a 3-pointer from 6-7 post player Torrey Udall, that propelled the Rams to a 19-3 first quarter lead en route to a lopsided 53-25 victory over the visiting Cedaredge Bruins.”Kade is a good all-around kid for us. He plays hard at both ends of the court,” said Ram head coach Roger Walters.Roaring Fork, which finished the night with 25 assists as a team, continued to spot open men both on the perimeter and in the paint, and when Udall took a nice feed down low from teammate Kyle Raaflaub and scored, the lead grew to 25-5.Raaflaub, who struggled with his outside shot for most of the evening, still managed to get his teammates involved in the offense and finished with a team-leading nine assists – an effort that drew praise from his coach. “Kyle’s shot wasn’t there tonight, but he did some other nice things for us,” said Walters.With Roaring Fork ahead 37-13 midway through the third quarter, it would have been easy for the Rams to put things on cruise control and coast home. That’s not the way this well-disciplined team operates. Not for a minute.”We had a little mental lapse in Gunnison last night in the third quarter and we struggled. One of our goals tonight was 32 minutes of focus for this game,” said their coach.So with Gianinetti still driving to the basket and Udall dominating the inside, along with Tyler and Trevor Hunt scrapping for rebounds and loose balls, the Ram lead grew to 51-18. In fact, it was Tyler Hunt who followed up a long miss from his brother to put the score at that count before coach Walters cleared the bench at the five-minute mark of the final quarter.Udall led Roaring Fork (6-0 Class 3A Western Slope League, 10-1 overall) in scoring with 17 points. Gianinetti was right behind with 16 of his own. Bo Baker’s nine points led Cedaredge.The Rams will be back in action on Friday night when they host Coal Ridge.
Skyler James scored 13 points, while teammates Andy Smedra, Tyler Williams and Alex Klein each added another 10 to help the Coal Ridge boys basketball team come out on top in a close 68-66 Class 3A Western Slope League battle with Olathe at Coal Ridge on Saturday.With Olathe (1-5 WSL, 1-7 overall) leading after each of the first three quarters, the Titans (3-3 WSL, 6-5 overall) outscored the Pirates 18-14 in the final frame to get the win.
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