Titans boys drub Hotchkiss
PEACH VALLEY – The Titans don’t want to go on Winter Break. After a 74-41 stomping of Hotchkiss to open Class 3A Western Slope League play on Friday night and a 4-1 record, who can blame them ?
The Coal Ridge boys squad was intense in every aspect of the game from its 20 steals to its all-out hustle on dead balls to out-rebounding Hotchkiss 36-25. Coal Ridge owned this one, and playing this well, Titan head coach Mike Cox doesn’t want to lose the fire.”Now it is just going to be miserable over break waiting to get back into the gym,” he said after the victory. “I hate this break.”Eric Schmitz got the Titans off on the right foot on Friday by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers. The guard went on to hit four more in a 20-point, five-steal, four-assist performance.
Andy Smedra followed Schmitz’ first two 3s with a layup and Coal Ridge took an 8-0 lead. “We had a great start, probably the best of any game and that’s what we have been working on, getting the game started, and they really came out of the chute,” Cox said.After holding Hotchkiss to seven points in each of the first two quarters, Coal Ridge held a 35-14 advantage at halftime.When the third quarter started, the Titans turned it up a notch. Two 3s from Schmitz, six points and three steals from Skyler James and four points under the basket for post Alex Klein. Shots were falling, turnovers were coming and the Titans controlled the momentum. After the first eight minutes of the second half, Coal Ridge had scored 30 points.”It was a lot of fun, a lot of fun,” Klein said with a grin.
By the fourth quarter, Coal Ridge was up 65-26 and the bench came in to finish off the contest. Titan Guard Andy Smedra totaled 14 points, three steals and three assists, while Klein had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. James chipped in eight points, four rebounds and three steals and Zach Lyon added 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.”He had a hell of a game,” Cox said of Lyon, who missed Coal Ridge’s last game with an ankle injury. “He was just all over the floor. That was really fun for me to watch him.”Hotchkiss was led by Troy Benson, who hit five 3s and made up almost half of its scoring with 19 points. Coal Ridge will enter the break with a 4-1 overall record and at 1-0 in league.
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