Basalt High boys win third consecutive game |

Basalt High boys win third consecutive game

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Felipe Martinez of the Longhorns scores on the inside against Olathe during Monday night's tournament pigtail game at Basalt High School. Martinez and the Longhorns will play at Aspen at 6 p.m. today in the tournament quarterfinals.
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The Basalt Longhorns are on a roll.

The Basalt High School boys basketball team won its third consecutive game Monday night.

And that means the Longhorns, under first-year coach Danny Martinez, will advance to the quarterfinals of the Western Slope District Tournament and a quarterfinal matchup today against Western Slope League champion Aspen.

“We won. But it wasn’t the prettiest game,” Martinez said after the Basalt boys beat visiting Olathe 44-25 in a tournament pigtail game Monday night in the Big House at BHS. “We didn’t have the energy we have had. I don’t know what it was.”

The Longhorns won two big road games last weekend, beating the Pirates in Olathe 52-45 before knocking off Gunnison 50-42.

The Basalt boys had to come home and play Olathe for the second time in four days.

“Our defense helped …. especially in the second half,” Martinez said. The Longhorns led the whole game, but Olathe cut it to four points before the Longhorns eased away.

Kris Krueger led the Basalt boys with a game-high 21 points in the season-extending win over the Pirates on Monday night.

Noah Schoenberger had a big night rebounding for the Longhorns, Martinez said.

“Felipe Martinez played well,” the Basalt head coach.

Monday’s win was the third this season for the Longhorns over Olathe.

The now 4-16 Basalt boys will travel to Aspen for a 6 p.m. game today against the Skiers, 16-3 and ranked No. 7 in Class 3A by

“Now we get an Aspen team that is a very, very good team,” Martinez said, adding that the Longhorns will have to step up their game in tonight’s tournament quarterfinal game on the Skiers’ home court.

The Western Slope District Tournament will continue Friday night at Palisade High School.

Play also will be held in the consolation bracket with the top five placers from the District Tournament advancing to the Class 3A Regionals on March 7-8.

“It’s going to be a tough game (at Aspen tonight). We’ll have to do our best,” said Martinez, a former standout player at Basalt High School who returned to take over the head coaching reins this season.

Tipoff will be at 6 p.m. today in Aspen.

In other boys quarterfinals today in the Western Slope District Tournament, Cedaredge (7-12) will play at league runner-up Moffat County (15-4) in Craig, Gunnison (6-13) will play at Grand Valley (12-7) and Roaring Fork (9-10) will be at Coal Ridge (10-9).

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