Aspen boys hoops `embarrassed’ in loss
In what coach Steve Ketchum described as the Aspen High School boys basketball team’s “worst game of the year,” Aspen lost to Delta 49-42 Friday.
“It was not fun to watch and it was not fun to coach – we missed three dunks,” Ketchum said. “The only good news is that this was a non-league game and it doesn’t hurt us in our league standings.”
At the half, Aspen, 5-3 on the season, led Delta 16-15, but “we could have easily been up 15,” Ketchum said. “It was totally embarrassing.”
“I can’t fault our kids for effort. Defensively we limited them to 50 points and held their best two players to under ten points,” the coach continued. “But offensively, it was pathetic. We were unable to score or even to make any shots.”
In the second quarter, sophomore point guard Nick Farrell scored all of Aspen’s five points, and in the third quarter, junior forward Jeff Brence scored Aspen’s seven (and only) points. Trailing by 12 with two minutes to play, Aspen managed to cut the deficit to two in the final minute, Ketchum said.
“I thought the game was over and then all of a sudden our press started to work, we got turnovers and made some easy layups,” he said. “So in a minute and a half, we cut a 12-point lead to two. But then had a defensive breakdown and gave them a few baskets and it was over.”
Brence finished with 21 points and Farrell netted 18 – with 13 in the fourth quarter.
Aspen hosts Moffat County at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then travels to Rangely Saturday for the Skiers’ first league game of the season.
“That’ll be the real start of our season; that’s when it really counts,” Ketchum said. “I guarantee we’ll be prepared.”
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