Skiers toy with Cedaredge
Two weeks ago, the Aspen High School boys’ basketball team tied a school record for most points in a game in a 104-43 win over Paonia.
Saturday, the Skiers set a new record.
Aspen ran circles around Cedaredge in a 107-57 whipping of the Bruins at the Skierdome.
Senior post player Andrew Smith scored a career-high 29 points including 16 straight points in the midst of a 24-point third period, to lead the Skiers.
Fellow senior Ryan Kerr scored a season-high 21 points including four 3-pointers. Senior Lucas Farrell, who had been in a scoring slump the last two games, added 15 points.
The win lifts Aspen to 6-1 in the Western Slope Conference and 11-4 overall. Cedaredge falls to 2-6 in league play and 6-8 overall.
The Skiers are tied with Roaring Fork and both trail league leader Olathe who defeated Roaring Fork 58-44 Saturday to take sole possession of the league lead.
The opening moments showed no signs of a blowout as the Bruins took an early 10-4 lead forcing Skiers coach Steve Ketchum to take an early timeout.
Aspen managed to cut the Bruins lead to three, 13-10, but the Bruins then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 19-10 lead.
AHS then closed the opening period with six straight points – a reverse layup from sophomore Sasa Miletic and layups from both Stefan Koenes and Kerr – to head into the second period down three, 19-16.
The Skiers took a 32-24 behind seven points from Farrell and the onslaught was on.
Aspen closed the first half with a 13-0 run behind six points from Kerr and the Skiers went into the locker room with a 45-28 lead.
Then in the third period, Smith took over scoring 16 consecutive points after a Koenes inside jumper, as Aspen took a 63-39 lead.
With just under three minutes remaining in the final period and the Skiers up 94-52, the Skiers had in their sights the record for scoring the most points in a game since 1983.
And Kerr led them to the record book.
After a timeout, Kerr stole the ball and pulled up for a 3-pointer on a 2-on-1 fastbreak situation and hit nothing but net – 97-52.
The next time down the court, Farrell hit Kerr deep in the corner in front of the Skiers’ bench and drained another trey -100-52.
On the very next play, Farrell stole the ball and hit Kerr in the opposite corner. Kerr gave a pump fake, watched a Bruins defender fly by him, and then used his patented form to drain his third consecutive trey.
The crowd at the Skierdome went into a frenzy as Kerr gave the Skiers a 103-54 lead – two points away from the record.
Kerr than forced a turnover on the next play and hit Farrell who hit a free-throw jumper giving Aspen the record -105-54.
Senior Harris Mufson then hit two free throws to close the game at 107-57.
Koenes scored 14 points while Miletic added 11.
Friday, the Skiers defeated Hotchkiss 73-49 behind 26 points from Smith. Kerr added 14 and Farrell netted 10.
The Skiers travel to Battle Mountain Friday (8 p.m.), then host Meeker Saturday (5:30 p.m.) at the Skierdome.
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