Basalt basketball sweeps through Aspen
Much like the first match up, the Basalt High School boys basketball team jumped on top of the Skiers early and little happened after that to threaten a second loss in three games.
With the Aspen High School basketball team playing in Basalt Friday, the Longhorns rolled to a 56-31 victory that secures no worse than second place in the Class 3A Western Slope League.
When the two teams met Jan. 12, BHS won 72-33 after building a 17-0 lead. Friday, the Longhorns got to 15-0 before a 3-pointer put Aspen on the board. Basalt led 36-12 at halftime.
The win sends Basalt to 16-2 overall with one regular-season game to play. A loss Feb. 7 at Coal Ridge (58-52) is its only loss since the season-opener, but will likely cost it the top spot in the WSL.
“That Coal Ridge game woke us up a little bit,” Basalt coach Danny Martinez said. “The boys are ready to go. It’s tournament time now. Everybody is 0-0 and just go out and play.”
The Longhorns still have a home game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Olathe (3-15 overall), a team they beat 82-27 on Dec. 2. Coal Ridge (13-5 overall) hosts Gunnison (6-11) Saturday, where a win will secure them the No. 1 seed in the WSL. As it stands, BHS is set to host a game Tuesday as the No. 2 seed.
Aspen dropped to 8-10 overall with the loss. The Skiers, losers of six straight games, host Roaring Fork (13-4) Saturday to finish out the regular season. Their seed could change depending on the outcome of Saturday’s games.
Also Friday, the Basalt girls basketball team defeated Aspen 64-15 behind a strong game from Kate Schrock. The win improved BHS to 4-14 overall, while Aspen fell to 1-17.
Both teams are likely to play in a Monday pigtail game with the season on the line.
AHS lost 39-19 to the Roaring Fork girls (8-10) on Dec. 13, while Saturday will be the first time the BHS girls have faced Olathe (10-8) this season.
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