Boys basketball: Aspen rallies to beat Olathe
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys basketball team evened its conference record Friday night with a comeback victory over Olathe at the AHS gymnasium.
The Skiers, who lost their league opener at Roaring Fork last weekend, fell behind early when the hot-shooting Pirates hit three 3-pointers to take a 20-6 lead.
But Aspen rallied late in the opening quarter when Dominick Alcorta scored seven consecutive points, pulling the Skiers to within 20-13.
Then, led by another scoring flurry from Alcorta, the Skiers took the lead in the second quarter — for good.
Alcorta, who scored 17 points in the first half, finished with a game-high 24 as the Skiers won 77-59.
The Skiers had 3-pointers from Shane Ormond, Evan Patzoldt and Jack Rosenthal in the second period when they build a 39-27 halftime lead. Aspen outscored Olathe 26-7 in the decisive second quarter.
“I wasn’t too happy with the first quarter,” Aspen head coach Rolf Schildman said. “But … when we settled down, it was better.”
He said the Skiers are still learning when to take their shots and when to recycle the offense.
“If we let the offense work, we’re OK. But if we force things up, that’s not good,” Schildman said.
“Dominick really pulled us out of the fire. It seemed like when we needed something, he was there for us,” Schildman said. “It was a very good game for him.”
Ormond finished with 13 in the Aspen win. Patzoldt added 12 points.
Wyatt Feagan contributed a season-high eight points in spite of battling foul problems as Colorado high school basketball officials continue to focus on calling fouls for hand-checking, a point of statewide emphasis this season.
Friday night’s win boosted the Skiers to 1-1 in conference, 5-2 overall. They will head to Parachute on Saturday to take on the state-ranked Grand Valley Cardinals.
“They are the hot team in the league right now,” Schildman said. “The boys are excited to have a chance to play them.”
The boys varsity game will start about 4 p.m. Saturdayat Grand Valley High School.
Olathe fell to 0-8, 0-2 in league play, after the Friday night loss in Aspen.
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