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AHS boys, girls eye the playoffs

Aspen Times Staff Report

In a game that pitted two teams tied for third in the league and vying for a higher playoff seed, Aspen battled Cedaredge to the buzzer on the road Friday night to take home a 40-38 victory.

The Skiers’ win solidified their third-place conference standing and handed them a home game against rival Basalt in the opening round of the playoffs Tuesday night.

Against Cedaredge, Aspen was led once again by junior Brock Strasbourger, who had 13 points.

“It was a very exciting, close ballgame,” Skiers coach Steve Ketchum said.

Tied at 38 with eight seconds left, Aspen’s Aaron Parada scored a layup with a defender in his face to win the game.

Aspen finished the season with a 9-5 record (11-8 overall), while Basalt finished 5-9 (5-14 overall), but Ketchum isn’t taking Basalt lightly. The Longhorns beat the Skiers 53-41 in Aspen Jan. 17.

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“We’re certainly not overconfident,” he said. “I don’t have any explanation for why they’re so up and down. It’s confusing because they have the talent and they’re well coached.

“Basalt is the scariest, most dangerous team in the playoffs.”

Tip-off Tuesday is at 7 p.m. in Aspen.

AHS girls

Following a loss to Cedaredge in the regular-season finale Friday, Aspen High’s girls basketball team is now gearing up for the district tournament’s opening round Tuesday.

Aspen and Eagle Valley will battle it out at 6 p.m. in Gypsum.

“We didn’t feel we played even close to what we’re capable of,” Aspen coach Lance Finkbeiner said following the 36-22 loss. “We’re anxious for Tuesday, we want to prove to ourselves that we’re much better than that.”

Aspen and Eagle Valley split two regular-season games, with both teams winning at home. The Skiers won the latest showdown, 46-44 on Feb. 6., with one second left in the game.

“They’ve been real close games, we match up well,” Finkbeiner said. “We’re expecting a good game.”

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