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Aspen boys bounce back

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School boys basketball team bounced back Friday.

The Skiers, who lost a turnover-filled 61-48 decision to host Glenwood Springs on Thursday night, rebounded with a 52-41 victory over Eagle Valley (2-2) on Friday night in the annual Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs High School.

"We certainly played better than (Thursday)," Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum said after the Skiers move to 2-1 on the season.

"Thursday we were horrible, and I can't explain it," Ketchum said. "(Friday) we had a rough, rough start. But then we started clicking in the second quarter.

Ketchum said the Skiers trailed 6-5 after a nervous first quarter.

The Skiers forged ahead 19-12 at halftime.

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"We held them to 12 points, but our offense was not happening," Ketchum said.

The Skiers outscored the Devils 15-9 in the third quarter, leading to the eventual 52-41 victory.

"We played our whole bench most of the fourth quarter. We had a good lead," Ketchum said, extending special praise to senior Ryan Scheidt, who took his first varsity shot and was whistled for his first varsity foul Friday night.

"Parker Johnson had a nice second half. He's a senior. He had six points," Ketchum said. "I was really happy for him."

Clayton Crawford, a returning all-stater for the Skiers, led the balanced attack with 13 points. Another returning all-stater, Trent Lichtenwalter, added 12 points as did junior Evan Patzoldt.

Levi Wright scored nine for the Skiers.

"Defensively, we played really well in the first half," Ketchum said, adding that the team is still fighting game jitters.

That means more games, he said.

The Aspen boys play again at 1:30 p.m. today in the Demon Invitational. They will take on Class 3A state powerhouse Faith Christian, winners of five consecutive state titles before the Eagles were derailed in the round of eight last season.

"This will be a huge, huge challenge for us. We'll have to play our best," he said. "We're excited about the challenge."

Faith Christian lost to a pair of larger Denver-area schools — Denver South and Montbello. Faith also beat Windsor and Colorado Springs Christian this year.

Faith Christian and unbeaten Glenwood Springs matched up in a late-night game Friday in the Demon Invitational, played in Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.

The Skiers had opened the season earlier this week with a 69-66 victory at Grand Valley.

dstrode@aspentimes.com