AHS boys stop Rangely
The Aspen Skiers turned to defense this weekend.
And the result was a stifling defense that smothered Rangely in the first half as the AHS boys maintained pace in the Class 3A Western Slope Conference.
The AHS boys traveled to Rangely on Saturday and came away with a 57-36 win on the Panthers’ home court.
Aspen’s stingy defense limited Rangely to only nine first-half points.
A quick start with 21 points in the first quarter helped the Skiers take a 21-5 lead at the end of the first period.
The frustration continued for Rangely in the second quarter as Aspen rolled to a 30-9 halftime lead.
Again in the third quarter the Skiers limited Rangely to single digits. The Skiers, meanwhile outscored Rangely 13-9 in the third period.
Senior guard Lucas Farrell led the Skiers with 15 points, including two 3-pointers.
Senior teammate Ryan Kerr netted three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for the Skiers.
Stefan Koenes added nine for Aspen while Sasa Miletic scored eight. Miletic also hit two 3-pointers for the Skiers.
Coach Steve Ketchum made extensive use of his bench in the game with scoring contributions from Andre Smith, Harris Mufson, Shane Gillin, Zach Cyrus and Kyle Taylor.
Rangely was led by Matt Dahl with nine points. Cody Reich, Paul Fortunato added five each for the Panthers and Luke Padilla added 4.
The victory kept the AHS boys atop the Western Slope Conference standings with a 3-0 record. The Skiers are 8-2 overall.
Rangely dropped to 1-2 in league play and 3-7 overall.
The victory also sets up a showdown for the league lead next weekend when state-ranked Eagle Valley rolls into the Skierdome on Saturday night.
But first, the Aspen boys will take on Steamboat Springs in a nonconference game today. Because there is not school today, the varsity game between the Aspen and Steamboat boys will begin about 4 p.m. at the Skierdome.
The AHS girls will travel to Steamboat today.
Then on Friday night, the Skiers will host Paonia in a 3A league game at the Skierdome.
And on Saturday, the Eagle Valley Devils will bring their undefeated league record of 4-0 to Aspen. The Devils are 8-3 overall, including a big conference win over Basalt two weeks ago.
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