Aspen boys roll against rival Basalt
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – No looking ahead here.
Matthew Holmes scored 18 points and dished out five assists, and two others scored in double figures for the Skiers boys, which overcame a slow start on the road to rout rival Basalt, 60-32.
With the win, Aspen improved to 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the 3A Western Slope. Things get tougher today, when the Skiers visit Hotchkiss. The Bulldogs, currently ranked ninth in the state, had been unbeaten before falling to the Longhorns last weekend.
“We knew Basalt would bring the energy – we talked about it all week,” Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum said. “If we didn’t bring energy, it was going to be a long night and embarrassing. … We had a rough start, but the guys finally got comfortable and settled down.”
The Skiers, currently ranked second in the state, scored just nine points in the first quarter and clung to a two-point lead heading into the second. The Longhorns (3-9, 2-8) opened in a box-and-one defense that held Aspen guard Andrew Papenfus in check and frustrated the rest of the team, Ketchum said.
Such was not the case in the second, when the Skiers outscored their downvalley rivals, 15-5.
Aspen all but sealed the game in the third, when it jumped out to a 46-17 advantage.
“We had our hands full tonight,” Basalt head coach Jon Pettit said. “They beat us pretty good. … They had a good game plan for us, and we struggled to find momentum in the basketball game.”
“The boys came out [of the half] with tremendous energy. … They started attacking the basket and hitting shots. We were ice cold at the beginning of the game,” Ketchum added. “I’m really proud of the kids. … In the second half, everyone contributed.”
Andrew Papenfus finished with 13 points, while Bridger Dawson added 12 and pulled down seven rebounds for the Skiers.
Omar Lopez led the Longhorns with 12 points.
While he complimented his players in the locker room after the final whistle, Ketchum also told them to forget it quickly.
“It’s already forgotten. All we can think about is Hotchkiss,” the coach said. “Everyone in the state will be watching to see how we do. … It’s what we need.”
BASALT – Jamie Matherly, Mackenzie Buck and Nicole Booth all scored in double figures as Basalt topped rival Aspen, 49-41, on Friday night.
The two teams were tied at nine after one quarter, but the Longhorns figured out a way to solve the Skiers’ press and did not have the lulls in intensity on the defensive end that have become common of late, Basalt head coach Dane LeBlanc said.
“We played very well, together as a team,” he added. “We really played solid throughout.”
With the win, the Longhorns improved to 5-5 in the Slope and 5-7 overall. They host Montrose at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
ASPEN – Finally, something worth celebrating.
Milo Stark scored on assists from James Pardee and Coby Langley early in overtime to propel the Skiers to a 3-2 win over Monarch – and snap a two-game losing streak.
Aspen had leads in both of last weekend’s games – against Ralston Valley and Bishop Machebeuf – but wound up losing. In the latter, the Skiers surrendered a Buffaloes goal with 16 seconds remaining in overtime.
Pardee gave the Skiers an early lead late in the first Friday, scoring on assists from Bo Writer and Daniel Ryerson. After Monarch squared the match in the second, Cody Horn put Aspen back on top heading to the third.
There, Brandon King scored on a power play with about six minutes remaining for Monarch, which was outshot, 39-13.
The Skiers dealt the decisive blow in overtime, improving to 8-4-2 overall and 6-3 in the 5A Foothills conference. They host Fountain Valley at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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