ASPEN - Battling an illness that kept him out of the starting lineup, Matthew Holmes came off the bench to score 10 points - including a two-hand dunk off a steal - to help lead the Aspen boys basketball team to a 59-31 victory over visiting Gunnison.
With the win, the Skiers improved to 16-0.
"Maybe the sicker we are the better we play," Skiers head coach Steve Ketchum said. "We jumped out to like an 11-1 or 11-2 lead with 41⁄2 minutes left [in the first quarter]. ... Our defense fueled everything again. It got the running game going, and we took it to the hole."
Bridger Dawson finished with a team-high 14 points and Zack Babich added eight for the Skiers, who host Hotchkiss at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Not all news was good Friday. The team received word that Anderson Cole's meniscus injury, one sustained earlier this week, is far worse than expected, Ketchum said. The senior is expected to miss the rest of the basketball season and the baseball season.
Cole was the 3A Western Slope baseball player of the year last spring.
BASALT - The Basalt boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Friday, topping visiting Coal Ridge, 62-56.
The Longhorns led by as many as 16 before struggling at the free throw line down the stretch, head coach Jon Pettit said.
"We played hard and executed well most of the game," he added. "It was a good team win."
Basalt improved to 6-10 overall and 5-8 in the 3A Western Slope.
The Longhorns girls lost, 37-30, in Friday's earlier game. Head coach Dane LeBlanc did not return a call seeking comment.
ASPEN - The Aspen girls basketball team's winning streak did not last long.
The Skiers overcame a nine-point, second-quarter deficit with 3-pointers from Georgia Lipkin and Lindsey Anderson to take a one-point halftime lead Friday against Gunnison. The Cowboys rebounded in the second half, however, and hit some key free throws down the stretch to pull out a 39-37 win, avenging their earlier three-point loss to Aspen on Jan. 9.
The Skiers, who snapped a seven-game slide with Tuesday's win over Roaring Fork, fell to 4-12 overall and 3-10 in 3A Western Slope play.
"It was a heartbreaker," Aspen head coach Jeremy Haack said. "You know, it shows how big missed free throws and missed blockouts are throughout the course of the game.
"The girls are playing hard. There are still a few games left to make a push in the standings."
The Skiers host Hotchkiss at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Men's ski superpipe final
1. Gus Kenworthy, 88.5
2. Walter Wood, 86.17
3. Byron Wells, 85.17
4. Brian Kish, 84
5. Patrick Baskins, 83.33
6. Evan Schwartz, 79
7. Marshall Lacroix, 77.5
8. Joss Christensen, 75.83
9. Torin Yater Wallace, 75.67
10. Andy Partridge, 70
Women's ski superpipe final
1. Anais Caradeux, 85.33
2. Miyuki Hatanaka, 81.33
3. Devin Logan, 78.5
4. Rebecca Hammond, 65.33
5. Ali Agee, 56.17
Men's snowboard slopestyle final
1. Justin Morgan, 80.333
2. Nick Julius, 78
3. Dylan Alito, 72.833
4. Jeremy Thompson, 72.667
5. Joe Mango, 69.333
6. Ian Thorley, 64.5
7. Jack Kyle, 63.833
8. Sean Ryan, 60.667
9. Nate Kern, 58.333
10. Silas Hatch, 51
Women's snowboard slopestyle final
1. Molly Wilson, 78.667
2. Joanna Dzierzawski, 76.833
3. Danyale Patterson, 37.667