Basalt boys fall to Montrose
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – Montrose utilized relentless full-court pressure to generate multiple turnovers and string together 11 straight points in the first few minutes of Tuesday’s game against Basalt.
The Longhorns appeared shell shocked. That feeling lingered until the final buzzer.
The 4A Indians were crisp on offense and dominant in transition, jumping out to a 16-point lead after one quarter and a 33-point cushion at the half. They were never tested, handing winless Basalt an 86-36 loss.
“After they scored 11 straight points [in the first quarter], we almost gave up,” Longhorns guard Sean Ryan said. “They came with that pressure, and we weren’t expecting it. We didn’t know how to counter it.
“We came in scared. We were pretty humbled by the experience tonight.”
Montrose’s balanced offensive attack seemingly scored at will. Its defense was equally solid, swarming Basalt ball handlers and not surrendering a point until
4 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the first, when Spencer Glasener momentarily quelled the onslaught with a free throw.
Nathan Hawley led the charge for the Indians, scoring 18 first-half points before exiting shortly before halftime with an apparent ankle injury.
He did not return in the second half. It did not matter.
Basalt could muster just one field goal – on a drive from guard Dylan Rakowski – in a third quarter in which they were outscored 18-2.
The Longhorns showed signs of life down the stretch, but they could pull no closer than 46 in the final quarter.
“We finally picked up the intensity and got angry in the fourth,” said Ryan, who finished with seven points. “We have to take what we were feeling then and continue that for every game this season. … The score really reflects how we played.”
Basalt, which has been outscored 204-103 this season, visits Vail Mountain School at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Skiers girls continued their early season success Tuesday, routing West Grand, 45-22, on the road to run their record to 3-0.
Aspen has won each of its games by 12 or more points. The Skiers return home Monday to face 4A Steamboat Springs at 5 p.m.
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