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AHS boys open year with win

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School boys basketball team opened the season with a tense 69-66 victory at Grand Valley on Tuesday night in a back-and-forth game.

"Unbelievable game," Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum said. "Grand Valley hit 12 3-pointers; they shot the lights out."

He said the Skiers trailed by one entering the fourth quarter.

"We made some defensive adjustments, and Clayton Crawford shut down their big scorer," Ketchum said after the Skiers outscored the Cardinals 20-16 in the fourth quarter for the win.

Trent Lichtenwalter, with a flurry of points in the final quarter, led Aspen with 26 points. Crawford added 19. Evan Patzoldt scored 12.

"Levi Wright … had a couple of big 3s. And Dominic Alcorta had several key steals," Ketchum said.

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The Aspen boys (1-0) will face three more games this week in the annual Glenwood Springs Tournament, starting Thursday against the Demons at 7 p.m.

dstrode@aspentimes.com