Basalt boys b-ball gets bounced from tourney
Aspen Times Staff Writer
The Basalt High boys basketball team’s season came to an abrupt end last night in a 54-24 loss to Meeker at the BHS Bighouse.
Playing for the right to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A Western Slope League District Tournament, No. 8 Basalt’s hopes were dashed in the 30-point defeat to No. 9 Meeker.
“It was one of those nights where if something could go wrong, it went wrong,” said Basalt coach Michael Green. “We seemed to be a half-step behind defensively, they had some kids step up who haven’t in the past, and we missed a lot of inside shots.
“We shot poorly, but we had good looks. We just couldn’t get simple things to fall,” Green continued.
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Basalt trailed early, 13-7 after the first quarter, and Meeker limited Basalt to just four points in the second period to take a 27-11 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“We weren’t in sync all game and we couldn’t get into a rhythm,” said Green. “But give credit to Meeker – they beat us on the road.”
“We rushed some things, didn’t play our game. A lot of it was our shooting percentage, and we’ve had nights like that before. You just hope it’s not everybody on your team.
“The last four, five games we’ve been doing a good job, especially defensively,” Green continued. “But they hit some big shots, many with hands in their faces. Maybe they wanted it more than we did.”
Junior Ryan Thompson led Basalt with 9 points, followed by senior Dan Moebius with 6 and senior Ki Mulcahy with 5.
During the regular season, Basalt beat Meeker by four points, also at home. With the loss, Basalt concluded its season at 7-13 overall.
Nevertheless, Green, the third Basalt coach in as many seasons, was proud of what his team accomplished on the season.
“I don’t think you judge everything by wins and losses,” he said. “We lost several close games to good teams, and we’re a young team and it’s a new system. I’m happy with their success, but it’s not what we hoped for either.
“I’ve been very pleased with attitude and effort, the kids have been great in that department,” he continued. “We will get better.”
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Herman is the freestyle skiing winner of the Summit Daily’s Peak Performers project, which honors the greatest athletes and most influential figures in Summit county ski and snowboard history.