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AHS boys blown out

Steve Benson

Losses continue to plague Aspen High’s boys basketball team, which fell to 1-7 on the season after a 65-41 loss to Cedaredge at home Saturday night. The Skiers, down 29-24 at the half, came within two points of the Bruins in the third quarter “and then the bottom fell out,” said Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum. “We just choked, we played horribly,” he added. Ketchum said the game turned when the Bruins threw a soft press on the Skiers. “We had 15 turnovers in the third quarter,” Ketchum said. “They were like deer caught in headlights.”None of them were playing up to their potential.” Aspen senior Brock Strasbourger led the team in scoring with 15 points, while junior Jyace Stutsman had a game high eight rebounds. “That was the highlight,” Ketchum said. “He had more than twice the rebounds of everyone else on the team.” The Skiers towered above the relatively short Bruins, but Ketchum mentioned before the game that height is meaningless when it comes to Cedaredge.”They’re just smart, they do the right things, they’re fundamentally sound and very quick,” he said. “That translates to fewer mistakes, and the team that makes the most mistakes loses.” Ketchum said Aspen, despite it’s overall height advantage and athleticism, is actually at a disadvantage in most games.”Our kids haven’t played together very long,” he said. “Not a single kid has played together for four years – hardly any have played together for even two years.” Things don’t get any easier for the Skiers who face league favorite Roaring Fork in Carbondale Friday night. “It’s not panic time at all,” Ketchum said. “I just hope we get it together by playoff time, we can have some great games.”


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