BHS boys hoops slip to No. 5; ready for district tourneys |

BHS boys hoops slip to No. 5; ready for district tourneys

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Basalt High School boys basketball team dropped their final regular season contest Friday to Eagle Valley, but managed to hang on to the No. 5 place in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings.

Basalt, 5-5 in league, 11-8 overall, lost 47-41 to the No. 3 team Eagle Valley (7-3, 9-10) Friday night.

With the No. 5 spot secured, Basalt earned a bye for Tuesday’s pigtail round of the district tournament. On Thursday, Basalt travels to No. 4 Gunnison for the first round of the district tournament.

“I was real pleased with our defensive effort this weekend,” Basalt coach Paul Cain said. “As long as that continues, we’ll be in the game. As long as we shoot better than 25 percent.”

Poor shooting plagued Basalt Friday against Eagle Valley, as the Longhorns managed only 16-percent shooting from the field in the first half. Eagle Valley wasn’t hitting shots much better, taking a 16-13 lead at the half. Basalt improved in the second half, drawing on 15 points from BHS guard Jack Lutzeier, but failed to reel Eagle Valley in down the stretch.

“Both teams had a good defensive effort,” Cain said. “Offensively, neither team was hitting.”

Basalt finished shooting 25 percent from the floor, compared to 33 percent for Eagle Valley.

Cain said the Longhorn team is now focusing on Thursday’s playoff game at No. 4 Gunnison (6-4, 12-7). Winners of Thursday’s game will advance to the final four in Grand Junction this Friday and Saturday. At stake for the top two finishers is a berth at the regional tournament that tips off March 3.

“It’s exciting because right now everyone is 0-0, and everyone’s got a shot,” Cain said.

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