Skiers advance in PEG tourney
The Aspen Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the PEG (Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield) League tournament Tuesday night with a dominating, 37-15 win over Riverside School of New Castle at the Aspen Middle School gym.
A standing-room-only crowd watched the Skiers bolt out to a 16-9 halftime lead behind 6 points from Aaron Parada and 4 each from Dusty Stutsman and Wallace Westfeldt.
After the intermission, the second half started slowly, with tight defense from both teams negating any scoring chances. Aspen finally ended the scoring drought about halfway through the third quarter when Parada connected on a jump hook in the lane. Riverside’s Marcus Carrion answered right back with a nifty move along the baseline to make the score 18-11, but that was as close as the Vikings would get.
Aspen scored the final 10 points of the quarter to open up a commanding 28-11 lead. Westfeldt and Stutsman each had 4 points during the run to pace the Skiers’ attack.
Up 28-11 going into the final period, Aspen continued to pour it on, scoring almost at will in the post. The Skiers’ Will Otte opened the quarter with a layup off a nice feed from Darren Garner and then connected on a free throw after two consecutive baskets by Riverside appeared to give the Vikings some life.
Following Otte’s trip to the line, Parada came up with a strong offensive rebound and a layup to push the score to 33-15 and then blocked a shot at the other end. As time ran down, Otte hit a layup off a Ben Westfeldt assist, and then Packy Westfeldt made two free throws to make the final score 37-15.
For the game, Parada led Aspen with 10 points. Stutsman and Wallace Westfeldt each added 8 points.
Next up for the Skiers of coach Tim Somerville will be the tournament semifinals Thursday evening in Carbondale.
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