Rams turn on jets vs. Pirates
CARBONDALE — Roaring Fork High School’s boys basketball team opened up its offensive attack on Friday. And thanks to that, the Rams wasted little time in blowing their game against Olathe wide open.
Aldo Pinela finished with a game-high 20 points to go with a 10-point performance from Ben Carpenter, and the Rams rebounded from its loss to Grand Valley on Feb. 7 with a 63-25 victory against the Pirates in a Class 3A Western Slope League game played at the Roaring Fork High School gym.
The victory for the Rams (10-6 overall, 7-4 league play) helped them move ahead of Coal Ridge by a game in the loss column of the league standings following the Titans’ loss to second-place Moffat County in Craig on Friday night. In this game played in Carbondale, Roaring Fork was ahead for the duration and didn’t allow Olathe to get on the scoreboard until almost nine minutes in the game had passed.
Coal Ridge, with its loss at Moffat County, fell to 8-9 overall and 7-5 in league play.
Mitch Carlson’s eight points led the way for Olathe (0-17 overall, 0-12 league play), which is still searching for its first victory of the season. Armando Reyes added seven points for the Pirates.
Also contributing to the scoring effort for Roaring Fork was Jassiel Petatan, who scored eight points, and Sergio Vega, who scored seven. In all, every Roaring Fork player who got on the floor also got on the scoreboard for the Rams.
Thanks to a steal and layup from Pinela to cap the first-quarter scoring, Roaring Fork owned a 16-0 lead after eight minutes. Olathe finally got on the scoreboard with 7 minutes, 3 seconds remaining before halftime after a putback from Daniel Vernon snapped his team’s scoring drought.
It was another five minutes, however, before the Rams allowed another field goal. In the meantime, Roaring Fork went on a 14-1 run — capped by a layup from Pinela — to take a 30-3 lead with 2:23 left before halftime.
Roaring Fork continues league play at Moffat County today.
GIRLS:OLATHE 54, ROARING FORK 21
CARBONDALE — Amanda Kinterknecht finished with a game-high 14 points to go with eight-point performances from Payton Grett and Taylor Brown, and Olathe (16-1, 12-0), the seventh-ranked Class 3A team in Colorado, pulled away from the Rams with a big third-quarter effort.
Roaring Fork (4-12 overall, 3-8 league), thanks in part to an eight-point effort from Emily Fisher and a five-point outing from Ashley Hall, were within 10-7 after one quarter and 24-13 after two. The Pirates, however, outscored Roaring Fork 17-3 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Rams will try to rebound when they play at Moffat County today.
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