Boys basketball: Roaring Fork stops Aspen
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys basketball team got off to a fast start Friday night in Carbondale.
But the Skiers ran into tough defense, foul trouble and cold shooting — from the field and the foul line — and host Roaring Fork rallied for a 60-49 win in the Western Slope League opener for the Aspen boys.
“We were actually up early,” Aspen head coach Rolf Schildman said. “But in the second quarter, they played pressure defense and we took some tough shots.”
Plus, he said, the Skiers started to get into foul trouble.
The Rams, coached by veteran Larry Williams, outscored Aspen 22-11 in the fateful second period.
“We spent the second half trying to come back,” Schildman said. “But we couldn’t stop anyone. And every shot they made gave them more confidence.”
He said the Rams played free and loose.
“We just got tighter and tighter,” Schildman said.
He said the Skiers struggled from the floor and hit only 11 of 24 fouls shots against the Rams (5-2 overall, 2-0 in league).
Evan Patzoldt led the Skiers with 18 points Friday night.
Dominick Alcorta had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“He played his best game until he hurt his thumb,” Schildman said. Alcorta left the game with a thumb injury in the second half.
His status for upcoming games is uncertain, the AHS head coach said.
“It was not a productive night for us,” Schildman said. “It’s hard having two weeks off.”
Aspen moved to 4-2 overall, 0-1 in the Western Slope League.
Aspen will host Olathe next Friday night.
Roaring Fork will continue its run of valley rivalry games Saturday with a trip to Basalt. The boys varsity game is set for 4 p.m. today at Basalt High School. The girls play at 2:30 p.m.
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