Basalt boys win two, lose one |

Basalt boys win two, lose one

Jennifer Davoren

A full weekend schedule has left the Basalt High School boys basketball team in a three-way tie for second place in 3A Western Slope League. Basalt faced Roaring Fork on Thursday and came away with a 72-64 win despite a strong offensive start by Roaring Fork – the end of the first quarter saw Basalt trailing 25-15. However, a strong second quarter pushed Basalt ahead 36-33. In the second half, Basalt’s defense slowed the pace of the game as the team’s offense took a 13-point lead down the stretch. Roaring Fork coach Mike Fahrenkrug said he noticed a few problems in the second half of Thursday’s game. “We didn’t have our shots. We turned them all over too many times,” he said of the loss. “We had the opportunity, we had the lead, but we didn’t execute.” Junior point guard Ki Mulcahy was the top scorer for Basalt with 21 points, including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Senior shooting guard Jack Lutzeier contributed 17 points, and seniors Pablo Calderon and Daniel Martinez added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Basalt didn’t fare as well on Friday in an away game against Rangely, losing 71-57. “We might have been a little flat from the night before,” Basalt coach Paul Cain said. Basalt’s Chris Keran made a strong showing with 15 points and 19 rebounds, but the effort wasn’t enough to turn the game around, Cain said. “They just out-rebounded us,” he said of Rangely. Basalt bounced back Saturday with a 58-49 win over West Grand, playing what Cain called “a dominant inside game.” Lutzeier led the varsity in scoring with 16 points, followed by Ki Mulcahy with 13 and Brad Unglert with 12. Cain said the varsity squad will continue to work on offensive tactics in a new week of practice. “We’ve got two big games coming, and we’re going to concentrate and continue to fine-tune the offense,” he said. Basalt, now 5-2 in league play and 11-5 overall, faces Cedaredge at home Friday at 8 p.m. and Aspen at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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