Roaring Fork trounces Olathe, 77-40
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” In the Roaring Fork’s two regular-season meetings with Olathe the Rams won by a combined 115 points.
Roaring Fork didn’t quite keep up that level of domination on the scoreboard, but it dominated nonetheless in the first round of the boys Class 3A District 2 basketball tournament Tuesday night at Roaring Fork High School.
Sniper Jake Boyle ensured the easy win with 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter as Roaring Fork rolled to a 77-40 victory over the Pirates.
“It was just falling, so I kept shooting,” Boyle said. “(The basket) was like a swimming pool out there.”
It must have seemed like a tidal wave to the Olathe players, who have yet to pick up a victory this season.
Boyle drained three straight Roaring Fork baskets ” a putback, a layup and a three-pointer ” to put the Rams up 9-4. His teammates rewarded Boyle’s hot hand with the basketball on the next three trips down the floor.
Another three-pointer. Good.
The senior didn’t miss a shot until an errant three-pointer was off the mark with 55 seconds left in the first quarter. He quickly made up for it, saving a ball bound for the bleachers and dishing to point guard Aaron Markham for a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The basket gave the Rams a 22-6 lead and the only mystery left was the final score.
The Rams upped their lead to 39-19 by halftime and led 63-26 by the end of the third quarter. Roaring Fork head coach Roger Walters emptied his bench 41 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Markham, the only other Roaring Fork player to score in the first quarter, finished with 12 points, seven assists and four steals in his three quarters of work. Dan Markoya notched nine points and collected four steals.
Cole Brown led the Pirates with 10 points.
Roaring Fork, which raised its overall record to 20-0, faces Gunnison in the semifinal round Thursday at 8 p.m. at Rifle High School. Olathe (0-20) drops into the elimination bracket and plays Cedaredge at 5 p.m.
In another District 2 first-round contest Tuesday night Eagle Valley defeated Hotchkiss 55-37.
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