CARBONDALE - Rolf Schildman could not wait any longer.
After watching Eagle Valley nail a 3 from the wing, score off a steal and then finish down low, the first-year Basalt boys basketball coach was forced to call a timeout with about 90 seconds remaining in the first quarter of Friday's season opener.
"Act like you want to be here," Schildman implored his players in the huddle.
While they competed throughout, the Longhorns simply were overmatched. The 4A Devils dominated in the paint and in transition, racing out to a 19-4 lead after eight minutes. They led by 18 at the break, then blew things wide open in a lopsided third quarter en route to a 77-43 victory at the Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale.
"I think we let them get in positions they wanted to be in," Schildman said afterward. "Once it got to that point, we had two choices: Let them score or foul. We let them do both."
Four players fouled out for Basalt, which now has lost 26 straight dating to the 2010-11 season.
Eagle Valley controlled this matchup from the outset. It hit a 3 on the game's first possession, then Ryan Werner pulled down an offensive rebound and scored, sparking a 12-3 run.
Sam Boyd converted twice from long distance to bolster the Devils' advantage. The Longhorns, meanwhile, could generate just one field goal - a 3 from Sean Ryan - in an opening quarter in which they scored just four points.
"We didn't do the things we needed to get stops, and offensively, we didn't execute very well," Schildman said. "Points will come when we start to run the offense and make some reads. We've been together for two weeks now, so we're all still getting a feel for everything."
Spencer Glasener scored five quick points in the second quarter to keep Basalt within striking distance, but the Longhorns could do little to slow Boyd. He beat defenders off the dribble three times and was strong at the foul line, accumulating 15 points in the first 16 minutes. He finished with a game-high 19.
Teammates Aaron Kline, Travis Edgar and Werner pitched in with strong play on the glass for Eagle Valley, which led, 40-22, at the break.
The Devils scored 11 of the third quarter's first 13 points to effectively put this one out of reach.
"Defensively, we need to get some turnovers. We'd like to score off our defense," Schildman said. "But right now, our defense is just not very good.
"We've got to move on from something like this and focus on tomorrow. Hopefully, they'll come out ready and give Steamboat a run and compete."
The Longhorns take on Steamboat Springs at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Roaring Fork High School. The Sailors won last year's meeting, 47-32.