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Rifle boys look to state matchup

GRAND JUNCTION – One team moves on and one team goes out.

Rifle can look ahead to a spot in next week’s 4A State Basketball Tournament as the Glenwood Springs boys look for other activities to occupy their time.

Despite a 56-43 loss to unbeaten Montezuma-Cortez in Saturday’s championship game of the District Tournament, Rifle has likely secured a home game for the first round of the 4A playoffs with a 65-54 semifinal victory over Montrose on Friday night.



Rifle struggled in the early part of the contest against the fifth-seeded Indians, who play in the Southwestern League.

They fell behind by two at intermission after drawing to 20-20 tie after the first quarter.



Ryan Shideler scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter to give the Bears the lead.

Rifle outscored Montrose 22-15 in the period and never relinquised the lead, staving off an Indian run that narrowed the Bears margin to four midway into the fourth quarter.

Bryce Carroll’s missed field-goal attempt with a little less than five minutes remaining sparked a 8-0 run by Rifle that secured the win.

Center Carl Day scored seven of the Bears’ eight points in a span of two minutes to give the Bears an insurmountable 63-51 lead.

The 6 foot-9 senior scored 10 points in the period and finished the game with 23 points.

In Saturday’s title game, Cortez led 19-12 at halftime and went on to the 13-point win, helped by 23 points from Marcus Mortensen. Kirk Archiebeque added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Cortez.

Day led Rifle with 12. Brackett Pollard added nine on three 3s.

Shideler added six while Steve Winschell and Andy Gardineer had five each.

Glenwood Springs, who battled its way into the tournament by defeating Palisade in a pigtail game on Tuesday, dropped a 64-52 decision to Steamboat Springs in the fifth-place semifinals on Friday. The Demons had lost to Rifle on Thursday night.

The Demons played the entire game Friday in a comeback mode.

The Sailors distanced themselves early. They never trailed after jumping off to a 19-5 lead by the first quarter.

Jeremy Wilson led Glenwood with 20 points. Brian Pyland added 13, Ben Leonard scored nine points.

The Demons ended the season 3-19.

The Steamboat boys went on to beat Moffat County in Saturday’s third-place game.

65-54 semifinal victory over Montrose on Friday night.

Rifle struggled in the early part of the contest against the fifth-seeded Indians, who play in the Southwestern League.

They fell behind by two at intermission after drawing to 20-20 tie after the first quarter.

Ryan Shideler scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter to give the Bears the lead.

Rifle outscored Montrose 22-15 in the period and never relinquised the lead, staving off an Indian run that narrowed the Bears margin to four midway into the fourth quarter.

Bryce Carroll’s missed field-goal attempt with a little less than five minutes remaining sparked a 8-0 run by Rifle that secured the win.

Center Carl Day scored seven of the Bears’ eight points in a span of two minutes to give the Bears an insurmountable 63-51 lead.

The 6 foot-9 senior scored 10 points in the period and finished the game with 23 points.

In Saturday’s title game, Cortez led 19-12 at halftime and went on to the 13-point win, helped by 23 points from Marcus Mortensen. Kirk Archiebeque added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Cortez.

Day led Rifle with 12. Brackett Pollard added nine on three 3s.

Shideler added six while Steve Winschell and Andy Gardineer had five each.

Glenwood Springs, who battled its way into the tournament by defeating Palisade in a pigtail game on Tuesday, dropped a 64-52 decision to Steamboat Springs in the fifth-place semifinals on Friday. The Demons had lost to Rifle on Thursday night.

The Demons played the entire game Friday in a comeback mode.

The Sailors distanced themselves early. They never trailed after jumping off to a 19-5 lead by the first quarter.

Jeremy Wilson led Glenwood with 20 points. Brian Pyland added 13, Ben Leonard scored nine points.

The Demons ended the season 3-19.

The Steamboat boys went on to beat Moffat County in Saturday’s third-place game.


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