Boys basketball: Gunnison heats up in Aspen

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen senior Will Hazen (1) brings the ball up the court against Gunnison on Friday night at the AHS gym.
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The Gunnison Cowboys traveled to Aspen to get warm.

The Gunnison High School boys basketball team, breaking out of sub-zero temperatures back home, heated up the AHS gymnasium Friday night. The visiting Cowboys, with hot shooting throughout, rolled to a 62-51 victory over the Skiers in a Western Slope League game before a modest Aspen crowd.

The Cowboys, who entered tied with the Skiers in conference play, jumped to a quick lead in the opening quarter when Trenton Cribari hit two 3-pointers.

From the 16-8 advantage, the Cowboys continued their hot streak with 17 second-quarter points, including another trey from Cribari.

By halftime, Aspen trailed 33-23. The Skiers stayed close with 10 points from Jack Rosenthal in the first half, including a 3-pointer.

Will Hazen added another trey for the Skiers.

Foul trouble then plagued the Aspen boys in the third and fourth quarters with fouls limiting starters Tristan Niskanen and A.J. Detrick.

Gunnison took advantage to take a 13-point lead (44-31) into the final period.

The Skiers closed with a strong 20-point fourth quarter, including six more points for Rosenthal.

But the Cowboys offset the Aspen run with 18 points and the ultimate 62-51 victory.

Four Gunnison players scored in double figures, led by Lane Mangum with 17 points. The junior also had 10 rebounds for a double-double in the Aspen gym.

Cribari finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

Leo Ferraro added 12 points for Gunnison; Brady Wilson scored 10 as the Cowboys improved to 5-8 overall, 3-5 in the Western Slope League.

Rosenthal led the Skiers with 16 points. Detrick and Niskanen added 10 each. Zack George scored seven; Hazen finished with four as the Aspen boys moved to 2-6 in league play, 5-8 overall.

The Skiers will host Olathe in a girls-boys doubleheader Saturday at the AHS gym.

The girls varsity game will start at 2:30 p.m. followed by the boys varsity at 4 p.m.