Basketball: Roaring Fork boys beat Aspen in double OT
The Aspen Times
Aldo Pinela of Roaring Fork hit a jump shot from the baseline as time expired in the second overtime Friday night, giving the Rams a hard-fought 53-52 double-overtime victory over the Skiers at Aspen High School.
Pinela, who scored nine of his 11 points in the two overtime periods, took a pass on the right baseline with just seconds on the clock and converted the game-winner, setting off a huge celebration among the large Roaring Fork crowd that had traveled to Aspen.
The Skiers, playing in their Western Slope League opener, had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to force the first overtime.
The Aspen High School boys actually led 34-30 entering the fourth quarter.
But the Rams, behind Jassiel Petetan, went on an 11-0 run to start the quarter and took a 42-39 lead into the final minute.
Aspen’s AJ Detrick hit his second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter with 22 seconds to play to tie the score at 42-all.
When the Rams could not get off a shot, the teams headed for the first 4-minute overtime.
Jack Rosenthal and Zack George hit 3-pointers for Aspen in the first OT. Pinela hit one for Roaring Fork, and the teams headed to the second OT tied at 48-all.
The Skiers went ahead 52-51 with 2:40 to play in the second overtime on a jumper from Rosenthal.
But that would be Aspen’s final points.
After an exchange of possessions and a key block from Tristan Niskanen, Roaring Fork controlled the ball as the clock went under 20 seconds.
The Rams of coach Larry Williams worked the ball around with Petetan passing on the baseline to Pinela, who hit the deciding jumper.
Petetan led all scorers with 17 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Justin Thompson added eight, including two 3-pointers.
Detrick led Aspen with 16 points, including three 3-pointers.
Rosenthal added 13 points, also with a trio of 3-pointers.
Will Hazen scored seven for Aspen. Niskanen added six.
James Kistner scored four for the Skiers (3-3 overall, 0-1 in the Western Slope League).
Roaring Fork moved to 2-5 overall, 1-1 in conference. The Rams are scheduled to host Basalt on Saturday afternoon.
The Roaring Fork boys converted 12 of 20 foul shots Friday night. Aspen managed only 3-of-11 at the free-throw line.
The Skiers hit nine 3-pointers against the Rams.
Roaring Fork hit six treys.
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