Basalt boys hoops knocks down a pair |

Basalt boys hoops knocks down a pair

Aspen Times Staff Report

After opening the season with three losses, the Basalt High School Boys basketball team responded with four straight wins, including a pair Friday and Saturday over larger, Class 4A schools.

Basalt faltered briefly following the tip-off against Battle Mountain, trailing 10-4 before going on a 19-0 run to finish the quarter. At the half, Basalt led 48-26 en route to a comfortable 85-58 win.

“We had a pretty good defensive effort again and we did a good job on the boards,” said Basalt coach Paul Cain. “As I’ve said before, [rebounding and defense] is key to our success.”

Basalt shut down Battle Mountain’s premier player, a big man who leads Class 4A in rebounding and ranks in the top five in scoring, Cain said.

Basalt shooting guard Jack Lutzeier led the Longhorns in scoring with 26 points, followed by point guard Ki Mulcahy with 21 points. Forward Chris Keran knocked down 19 points for Basalt, while Danny Martinez added 10 points.

On Saturday, Basalt took an early lead over Moffat County and managed to preserve that margin for a 63-54 win.

“We were up 12-4 in the first quarter,” said Cain, “but from that point on it was pretty even. So the first quarter was the difference.”

With the win, Basalt improved to 4-3 on the season.

Martinez led the Longhorns in scoring with 17, followed by Mulcahy with 16 and Lutzeier with 11.

“We’ve had a tough early season and we’re progressing at a good rate and I’m just hoping we can peak at the right time – when league games start up,” Cain said.

Basalt is off until Jan. 6, when the team hosts Rangely.

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