Basalt basketball rocking the Big House
The Aspen Times
BASALT — The Big House is rocking again.
The Basalt High School boys basketball team won its home opener over Cedaredge in a noisy thriller — from start to finish.
With the student section boosting the Longhorns through the final hectic minutes, the Basalt boys recorded a hard-fought 49-46 victory over the visiting Bruins.
“It wasn’t really pretty, but we got it done,” Basalt head coach Danny Martinez said after the Tuesday night nonconference game. “We are young; we have to learn how to close games out.”
He said he was pleased the Longhorns had to play under pressure through all four quarters.
Basalt led by two points at the end of the first quarter (7-5), two points at halftime (21-19) and two points after three quarters (35-33).
Cedaredge led by four at one point in the game; Basalt led by 10 at another juncture.
“The twins, Pedro and Pablo, they brought us that energy,” Martinez said of the Rivera brothers, who ignited the Longhorns in the second half against Cedaredge.
“I coached them before. I know where I can get that energy,” Martinez. “That energy is what brought us back in the game.”
The Longhorns trailed by five late in the second quarter before Wade Soho hit a putback basket and Christian Jiminez added a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Basalt closed out the first half when Adrian Lujan passed to Michael Glen for an inside basket and a 21-19 halftime lead.
But Cedaredge made halftime adjustments and went on a 12-5 run early in the third quarter, taking a 31-27 lead over the Longhorns.
Glen stopped the Cedaredge run with a pair of free throws, and then Pedro Rivera scored two baskets and Pablo Rivera added another. That 8-0 run regained the lead for the Basalt boys.
“They just bring that energy … they’re like those little bunnies,” Martinez said. “And the other guys feed on that.”
Pedro Rivera scored seven points in the third quarter to lead the Longhorns. He knocked down a two-point jumper from the right side and then canned a 3-pointer from the left side.
Glen scored on a traditional three-point play and added another basket as the Longhorns pushed the lead to 45-35 with 4:23 to play.
They converted enough foul shots down the stretch for the win, improving to 1-1 on the season.
Glen, who was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line, led all scorers with a game-high 19 points. The BHS sophomore also had a team-high 10 rebounds Tuesday night.
Pedro Rivera, with two 3-pointers, added 12 points for Basalt.
Jiminez, also with a pair of 3-pointers, scored six. Ben Holland added five points.
Christian Reynolds led Cedaredge (1-5) with 11 points.
Tyler Cooper and Kadian Denison added 10 points each for the Bruins.
“As a team, we worked hard. Noah (Schoenberger) had a lot of rebounds for us. He’s my Rodman, I’ll tell you,” Martinez said. Schoenberger had six rebounds in the Basalt win.
“And Mike (Glen), he’s awesome, and he had a broken tooth,” Martinez said of Glen, who suffered a couple of chipped teeth in a third-quarter collision.
He came back and went 5-for-5 from the foul line in the decisive fourth quarter.
“We’re young. It’s a learning experience,” Martinez said. “We’ve got to do a better job of rebounding … boxing out.”
The Longhorns will travel to Carbondale for a game against Roaring Fork tonight before heading to Cedaredge for a rematch Saturday afternoon.
The Basalt High School girls team played its second game of the season earlier Tuesday, falling to undefeated Cedaredge 65-12.
The Cedaredge girls (6-0) have beaten Olathe, Coal Ridge, Ridgway, Roaring Fork, Montezuma-Cortez and Basalt.
The Basalt girls varsity includes Kaitlyn Johnson, Nicole Alvarado, Yessica Garcia, Carsyn Knots, Rubi Araiza, Jenny Govea, Cinthia Miramontes, Keelie Roberts, Emily Clinco and Amiee Machuca.
They are coached by Josh Mink, in his first season.
The BHS girls will play at Roaring Fork today and at Cedaredge on Saturday afternoon.
Utah’s Colby Stevenson won X Games Aspen ski slopestyle gold on Saturday, beating out fellow American Mac Forehand of Stratton, Vermont, the silver medalist who called it “one of the hardest slopestyle courses I have ever skied.”