AHS boys hoops wins pair
February 17, 2004
Aspen senior Moss Schermerhorn led all scorers in two games over the weekend, leading the AHS boys hoops team to road wins over Olathe and Gunnison.
Aspen, which has won seven of its last nine games, beat cellar-dweller Olathe 51-37 on Friday night and downed Gunnison 48-38 on Saturday to improve to 8-5 in Class 3A Western Slope League play and 11-8 overall.
Just one regular-season game remains for the Skier boys, a Friday night affair at Cedaredge for the third-place spot in the final league standings.
“We’re going to get a home game in the district tournament,” said Aspen coach Steve Ketchum, “now it’s just whether we’ll play Gunnison or Basalt. And I think Basalt is a little more dangerous, a little more scary and a little bit better coached.”
Basalt, meanwhile, lost its only weekend game, a nonleague contest at Kent Denver 75-56 on Saturday. Basalt, in the midst of a four-game losing streak, fell to 5-6 in league play and 5-11 overall.
Ketchum characterized Friday’s game at Olathe “a slugfest, like a rugby match.”
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“Olathe’s at the bottom of the league and they’re playing like it,” the coach continued. “They played pissed off.”
Ten Aspen players figured into the scoring with Schermerhorn leading all scorers with 11 points. “We were just happy to get out of there without any broken bones or busted teeth.”
On Saturday at Gunnison, Schermerhorn scored 17 points. Juniors Brock Strasbourger and Alex Terral chipped in nine points each.
“I thought our kids played outstanding ” very unselfish, really spread the ball around, good chemistry, things were clicking offensively and defensively,” said Ketchum. “It was one of our better all-around games.”
Cedaredge, Aspen’s opponent on Friday, stands equal with the Skiers at 8-5 in league play. The outcome of Friday’s game will determine the third-place finisher in the league and seeding for the Class 3A Western Slope League district tournament. The eight-team tourney opens next Tuesday with the higher seeds hosting first-round games; the semifinals and finals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Rifle High School.
The top five finishers in the 3A WSL district tourney will advance to the 32-team regional tourney, where only eight teams will advance to the Class 3A state tournament.
“With a victory at Cedaredge, we’ll finish third and get to play Gunnison at home next Tuesday,” said Ketchum, “but all the teams that win their first round games are guaranteed a berth in the regional tourney.
“Anything can happen in the playoffs.”
Basalt at Hotchkiss
The Basalt boys and girls hoops teams travel to Hotchkiss tonight for their second-to-last league games.
The BHS girls, who were idle over the weekend, are looking to capture a fourth-straight 3A WSL league championship and need tonight’s game to keep that dream alive as they face rival Roaring Fork on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Carbondale. The winner of Friday’s game, in all likelihood, will claim the league title and the No. 1 seed in the 3A WSL district tournament.