Basalt basketball sweeps through Aspen |

Basalt basketball sweeps through Aspen

Basalt's Raul Torres, right, attempts to shoot around a pair of Aspen defenders on Friday in Basalt.
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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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