Basalt boys split league games |

Basalt boys split league games

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Basalt High School boys basketball team split a pair of games this weekend to begin its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule.

On Friday, Basalt opened its league schedule with a three-point win over Olathe. On Saturday, the Longhorn team fizzled in the second half en route to a 55-50 loss to Gunnison.

At Olathe Friday, Basalt led 29-18 at the half, though Olathe fought back and regained the lead with about two minutes to play.

“We missed several foul shots. That’s what hurts us,” coach Paul Cain said. “That gave [Olathe] opportunities to come back.”

Nevertheless, Basalt rallied back and hung on for a 57-54 win. Forward Danny Martinez led BHS in scoring with 18 points, followed by Jack Lutzeier with 14 points.

On Saturday at Gunnison, Basalt sprang out to a 33-24 lead at the half before short-circuiting down the stretch.

“We led the entire way until probably four minutes remained,” Cain said. “In the second half we couldn’t get much offense going. Gunnison did a nice job keeping us out of what we wanted to do.”

Basalt squandered an opportunity, trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining, when the team turned the ball over.

“In the first half we didn’t put them away, and we didn’t take care of things in the second half,” Cain said.

Danny Martinez led the Longhorns with 18 points, followed by Ki Mulcahy with 11 points.

Basalt, 1-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League, moved to 6-4 overall.

On Friday, Basalt travels to Meeker for another league game before returning home Saturday to host Paonia, the No. 9 team in Class 3A. Paonia and Basalt tip off at 4 p.m.

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