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Boys basketball: Late turnovers help Gunnison beat Aspen

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

When the turnovers hit, they spread like the measles at Disneyland.

A major turnover bug bit the Aspen Skiers at a most inopportune time Saturday afternoon at the AHS gymnasium.

After staging a big third-quarter comeback, the Aspen High School boys basketball team led 35-32 heading into the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against visiting Gunnison.

But after five consecutive turnovers produced a 10-0 run for the Cowboys, the Skiers fell behind for good.

Trey Percival started the Gunnison run with back-to-back baskets.

Mike Howard added a 3-pointer for the Cowboys, who also scored on the inside with a basket from Leo Ferraro.

Dominick Alcorta, the Aspen senior, stopped the run with a basket with 3:04 to play after the Skiers had gone nearly 5 minutes without a point.

The Skiers, scrambling on defense, tried to climb back into the game.

Alcorta swished two free throws with 56 seconds to play to cut the Gunnison lead to a nervous 44-42, with the modest home crowd roaring its approval.

Forced to foul, the Skiers sent the Cowboys to the free-throw line where they made 6-of-8 in the final minute to pull away for a 52-44 victory in the Western Slope League game.

Aspen managed only two more points — an Alcorta putback with 10 seconds to play.

Percival led a balanced Gunnison attack with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Howard, with two 3-pointers, added nine for Gunnison. Teammate Ferraro also scored nine points.

Dylan Miller added seven points for the Cowboys, who improved to 7-10 overall, 6-6 in the Western Slope League.

Alcorta led the Skiers with 16 points, including 12 in the second half.

Tristan Niskanen and Evan Patzoldt scored seven points each for Aspen (8-9 overall, 4-8 in league).

Wyatt Feagan scored six points.

Gunnison converted 10-of-15 foul shots in the decisive fourth quarter.

Aspen finished the game 11-of-22 from the free-throw line.

Gunnison’s boys won back-to-back games on the road trip.

On Friday night, Gunnison defeated the Longhorns 60-42 at Basalt.

The Aspen boys lost at home to Grand Valley 76-60 on Friday night.

The Skiers will conclude the regular season in the Western Slope League with two road games next week.

In a schedule change, Aspen will play at Basalt on Thursday night instead of Friday, as previously scheduled.

The Aspen boys will travel to league-leading Craig on Saturday to play Moffat County.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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