Basketball: Final countdown for Basalt, Aspen
The Aspen Times
The final countdown for high school basketball rivals Aspen and Basalt begins Friday night.
The Skiers will host the Longhorns at the Aspen High School gym as the Western Slope League heads into its final weekend of play.
The varsity doubleheader will open with the Aspen-Basalt girls game at 5:30 p.m.; the boys varsity game will follow at 7 p.m.
The Longhorns and Skiers will close the regular season Saturday, with Olathe visiting Basalt and Moffat County playing in Aspen in afternoon games.
The league’s final games will set up the bracket for the Western Slope District Tournament next week.
The Basalt boys currently stand in third place in the Western Slope League with an 8-4 conference record. They are 13-4 overall.
Coal Ridge leads at 11-2 with Grand Valley a half-game back at 10-2.
Aspen sits at 3-9 in league play, behind Gunnison (6-6), Roaring Fork (6-7) and Moffat County (5-7).
Winless Olathe is eighth in the conference at 0-12 (0-17 overall).
Heading into the weekend, Aspen would play at Grand Valley in the first-round of the tournament. Basalt would host Moffat County or Roaring Fork.
The Basalt boys are paced by junior Mike Glen, who is averaging 18.5 points per game. He posted a 32-point game two weeks ago and added wo more consecutive 20-point games for the Longhorns.
Teammate Raul Torres is averaging nearly 10 points a game.
Glen also is credited with 7.3 rebounds per game.
The Skiers will counter with seniors Jack Rosenthal, Tristan Niskanen and Will Hazen.
Both Aspen boys and Basalt boys are coming off losses last weekend.
The Skiers fell at Gunnison 62-41 last Saturday; the Longhorns lost 53-38 at Grand Valley.
In girls basketball, Moffat County leads with an 11-1 league record (14-3 overall).
Olathe and Grand Valley are 10-2 in league heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Coal Ridge (7-6), Gunnison (5-7) and Roaring Fork (4-9) follow in order.
The Basalt girls are 2-10 in league (2-15 overall). And the Aspen girls are 0-12 in conference (1-16 overall).
After they clash Friday at the AHS gym, the Skiers will host league-leading Moffat County on Saturday afternoon. And the Basalt girls will host second-place Olathe.
Ella Johnson gave thought to the risk when she decided to close out her senior year at Glenwood Springs High School playing soccer and make a bid for another shot at the Class 4A state track meet podium finish.
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