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Rifle gets by Bulldogs; Demons pushed to loser-out bracket

PALISADE ” Revenge is sweet, especially at tournament time.

Rifle avenged a 12-point loss two weeks ago to Moffat County with a 43-40 victory over the Bulldogs in Thursday’s first-round of the Class 4A District 6 tournament.

Senior Jim Owens led the Bears with a game-high 21 points to boost Rifle into tonight’s semifinals against No. 2-seeded Montezuma-Cortez at 3 p.m. at Fruita Monument High School.

After a slow start, Rifle pulled out to a 10-6 first-quarter lead, but could only extend the lead to 22-16 at halftime.

The Bears offense hovered around the 10-to-11 point per quarter output the entire game, but Rifle did pull out to a 15-point lead at one point late in the third quarter before Moffat County came back with a vengeance.

The Bulldogs chopped the Bears lead down to 41-40 with 15 seconds left and had the ball in their hands when Anthony Loughran’s shot attempt bounced off the rim.

Owens was the only Rifle player to score more than four points against the Bulldogs, who face Glenwood Springs in an elimination-bracket game at 8:15 p.m. tonight at Palisade High School.

Montezuma-Cortez 46, Glenwood Springs 28

GRAND JUNCTION ” The Cortez Panthers of the Southwestern League did something that no Western Slope League could accomplish this season.

They held Sean Flohr, the third-best scorer in Class 4A to single digits.

Flohr, who averaged 22.3 points per game this season, finished with six points as Cortez downed the Demons 46-28 in the opening round of the Class 4A District 6 boys tournament at Central High School here.

Glenwood stayed close to the Panthers until the fourth quarter.

Down 20-15 at halftime, the Demons rallied to within three of Cortez’s lead on Michael Flohr’s field goal with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Panthers’ Caleb Valdez gave his team some distance when he hit a three-pointer on the next possession.

A few trips later, two John Gabriel free throws got the Demons back within four points.

Glenwood trailed by nine at the end of the third quarter and were outscored 15-5 in the final eight minutes.

The Panthers’ Ryan Mortensen led all scorers with 16 points. Michael Flohr had 10 for the Demons.

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