Boys basketball : Aspen boys hold off Basalt |

Boys basketball : Aspen boys hold off Basalt

Basalt's Richie Guerrero goes up for a shot against Aspen's Dominick Alcorta during Thursday night's game.
Jim Ryan / Special to The Aspen Times |

The Aspen High School boys basketball team got off to a fast start and then held off the charging Basalt Longhorns on Thursday night at the Big House in Basalt.

“The second half was much, much tigher. The game got a little closer than we wanted,” Aspen head coach Rolf Schildman said after the Aspen boys won 53-47. “We just didn’t protect the ball in the second half, and they hit some shots.”

The Skiers, with Evan Patzoldt scoring 15 first-half points (including three 3-pointers), worked to a 30-22 halftime lead.

“We knocked down some shots,” Schildman said.

But Basalt stormed back in the second half with pressure defense, including some full-court defenses.

“They got out on us, and we took some bad shots,” Schildman said.

The Skiers also had to overcome a pair of technical fouls in the Western Slope League game at Basalt High School.

Michael Glen, who scored 12 first-half points, led Basalt.

Patzoldt finished with 20 points for Aspen (9-9 overall, 5-8 in conference). Dominick Alcorta scored 11 points, and teammate Wyatt Feagan added 10.

“Wyatt gave us some good hustle points,” Schildman said. “And Jack (Rosenthal) gave us some big 3s off the bench.”

Rosenthal finished with seven points.

Basalt moved to 4-14 overall, 1-12 in the Western Slope League.

The Longhorns will close the regular season with a Saturday trip to Olathe.

The Aspen teams will finish their regular season with a Saturday trip to Moffat County in Craig.

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