AHS boys hoops tops Olathe to finish the regular season
This hasn’t been one of the best seasons for the Aspen High boys basketball team, which lost 15 of its 19 regular season games.But the Skiers finished off the regular season with a 63-59 win over Olathe on the road Saturday, thereby corralling the fifth seed in the Class 3A Western Slope League district playoffs and avoiding another match-up with Gunnison.Aspen will face No. 4 Cedaredge on the road Tuesday night.”We played a great game at Olathe, it was one of our best offensive nights of the year,” said Aspen coach Steve Ketchum. “I’m very proud of them, they went out in style, and they played some of the most unselfish basketball of the year.”It was fun to watch them play that hard.”Two of Aspen’s seniors – team captain Brock Strasbourger and David Porter – scored 15 points against Olathe. Hardy Andersen, also a senior, scored 11 points.The Skiers finished the regular season 3-9 in league and 4-15 overall.Aspen and Cedaredge split games this year, with Cedaredge winning the first contest 65-41 in Aspen in January. The Skiers retaliated with a 57-37 win on the road in February.Ketchum feels good about Aspen’s chances, and is actually relieved the Skiers will be playing on the road.”I’m glad we don’t have a home game, nobody likes to travel of course, but at home the kids get nervous, and they don’t have the intensity. We play much better on the road,” he said. “Plus we’ve beaten them by 20 points in their gym.”Ketchum expects a low scoring affair.”This is just going to be a dogfight, and whoever has the best night lives to play another day,” he said.Top seeded Roaring Fork received a bye in the seven team district playoffs and has received an automatic bid to the regional round of 32 in the state playoffs. If Aspen wins Tuesday, they will advance to the final four of districts, and also receive a bid to regionals. If they lose, their season ends.Tuesday night’s game in Cedaredge is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.Steve Benson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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