Aspen boys wrap up victory over Vail Christian |

Aspen boys wrap up victory over Vail Christian

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Skiers wrapped their last present and tucked in under the tree Friday night.

The Aspen High School boys basketball team closed out the pre-holiday portion of the schedule with a big bow on a final victory for 2014 — a spirited 68-49 win over visiting Vail Christian on Friday night at the AHS gymnasium.

The Skiers, with four players in double figures, turned back the upset-minded Saints, who kept the game close through three quarters.

Three times in the third quarter, Vail Christian cut Aspen’s double-digit lead to just seven points.

But the Skiers answered with baskets from Evan Patzoldt, Dominick Alcorta and 3-pointers from Jack Rosenthal and Wyatt Feagan.

Patzoldt led the Skiers with 23 points, including 10 in the second quarter as Aspen built a 32-23 halftime lead.

Rosenthal, with a pair of 3-pointers, scored a season-high 17 points.

Shayne Ormond, who also hit two 3-pointers, added 14 points for Aspen.

Alcorta had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Skies improved to 4-1 to start the season under first-year head coach Rolf Schildman.

Ethan Ellsworth scored a game-high 24 points for Vail Christian, a Class 2A school. The Saints are 2-3 on the season.

Cooper Gould, one of the top prep golfers in Colorado, added 10 points and eight rebounds for Vail Christian.

Logan Raitt scored eight for the Saints, including two 3-pointers.

The Skiers closed each half with strong quarters. They scored 19 points in the second and fourth quarters.

The AHS boys will head for the holiday break before returning to action Jan. 9 at Roaring Fork in the Western Slope League opener.