Rifle boys breeze past Longhorns, 57-29
RIFLE – The revamped, retooled Rifle boys basketball team made a statement on Tuesday night.
They might look different from last year’s Western Slope League champions, but the 2002-03 club has the same killer instincts.
The Bears raised their record to 2-0 on the year by pummeling Class 3A Basalt, 57-29, in a non-league contest.
Senior Ryan Shideler scored a game-high 17 points, getting offensive help from Aaron Jewell, who added 10.
Basalt, which dropped to 0-3 on the loss, managed to stay tight with the host Bears through the first quarter. Rifle took a one-point, 12-11 lead into the second period when it broke loose.
Rifle outscored the Longhorns 19-9 in the following eight minutes and had a 31-20 lead at intermission.
In the third quarter, the Bears limited the `Horns to two points, while scoring ten, then added 16 in the final stanza to Basalt’s seven points.
The Bears continued to add to their margin, outscoring Basalt in third and fourth quarters.
Kyle Kappeli scored 16 of Basalt’s 29 points.
Ryan Thompson, Danny Popish and Clayton Peetz were the only other Basalt players to score.
The three players finished with seven, four and two points, respectively.
Rifle takes to the road this week for the three-day Alameda Tournament in Denver, starting Thursday. Basalt opens its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule in Carbondale on Dec. 17 against Roaring Fork.
Basalt 11 9 2 7 – 29
Rifle 12 19 10 16 – 57
Basalt – Cody Burkholder 0 0-0 0, Clayton Peetz 1 0-0 2, Spencer Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Danny Popish 2 0-1 4, Ryan Thompson 3 0-0 7, Kyle Kappeli 4 7-8 16, Dillon Johnson 0 0-0 0, Adam Gawrys 0 0-0 0, Travis Schwan 0 0-1 0, Tyler Whitmire 0 0-0 0. Totals – 10 7-10 29.
Rifle – Ryan Muldoon 0 0-0 0, Troy Weiss 2 2-4 6, Adam Krick 1 2-5 4, Jim Owens 2 0-0 5, Ryan Shideler 6 5-6 17, Chris Black 1 0-0 2, Jason Enewold 2 0-1 4, Aaron Jewell 1 7-10 10, Zack Akin 4 1-2 9, ,Thad Porter 0 0-0 0. Totals – 19 17-28 57.
3-Pointers: B-Thompson, R-Owens, Jewell. Fouled Out: B-Kapelli, Cleveland, R- Porter.
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