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Basalt boys look to rebound after holidays

Nate Peterson

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Aspen, CO ColoradoBASALT After six straight losses to open the season – including four that weren’t even close – Basalt’s young boys basketball team is ready for a break.The Longhorns aren’t ready to throw in the towel, however.Even after a 58-35 home loss Tuesday night to rival Roaring Fork to drop to 0-2 in the 3A Western Slope, head coach Mike Green was upbeat. He expects his players to come back hungry after their two-week holiday layoff.

“I told the guys last night we need to look at where we were, and where we are now and how much improvement we’ve made,” Green said. “We need to work on our offensive situation and just being more aggressive, but we are making strides.”The league-leading Rams ran out to a 9-0 start Tuesday and finished the first quarter up 20-10. The ‘Horns played stout defense for most of the game, but the early deficit was too much to overcome, Green said.”We struggled early forcing two many things,” Green said. “The first four or five possessions, we never got a look at the basket. You can’t do those things against Roaring Fork.”Basalt’s offense was lifeless from start to finish. After trailing 36-17 at the half, the ‘Horns managed only nine points in each of the remaining two quarters.

Junior post Chazz Capobianco led Basalt with 11 points, while freshman Omar Lopez, sophomore Taylor Foreman and junior Connor Rakowski added six apiece.Roaring Fork went to the free-throw line 19 times compared to Basalt’s seven – a differential that underlined the need to be more assertive, Green said. “We just have to pick it up and get more in a rhythm,” he said. After opening against four 4A nonleague opponents, followed by league games against Aspen and Roaring Fork – preseason league favorites – the ‘Horns have an easier schedule after the break.

Basalt hosts Grand Valley on Jan. 9 and then is at Coal Ridge three days later.The tough opening schedule was a good thing, not a confidence killer, Green said.”When you play four tough 4A schools, then the top teams in our league, it can only prove to help us in the future,” he said. “I told the guys to keep working out during these two weeks so that they come back ready to go instead of starting all over again.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com