Burkholder, Duroux lead Basalt boys past Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Burkholder, Duroux lead Basalt boys past Aspen

Tim Mutrie
Aspens Brock Strasbourger elevates for a layup in front of Basalts Ben Pollock during first-half action Tuesday night at the AHS gym. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.

Senior guard Cody Burkholder led all scorers with 19 points and the Basalt High boys basketball team held off Aspen 56-52 Tuesday night at the AHS gym.What began as a blowout in the making – Basalt led 20-10 after the first quarter, then 38-26 at the half – became a ballgame in the second half after a breakout third-quarter by the Skiers.Aspen trailed by just one after the third, 43-42, and the Skiers three times took the lead in the fourth quarter only to see Basalt seize it back.

Basalt’s 6-foot-5 senior center Darren Duroux scored 17 points, but Duroux and Burkholder were limited to five points each in the second half.Aspen senior guard Joe Turner scored a career-high 18 points to lead Aspen; he also had nine boards.”We got off to such a bad start,” said Aspen coach Steve Ketchum. “But to Basalt’s credit, Cody Burkholder was just unstoppable. He looked like an all-state player. And the big guy, Duroux, was getting it done against us in the first half.”Basalt improved to 8-8 overall and 6-3 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. Aspen dropped to 4-12 overall and 3-6 in league.

“In the fourth quarter it was a see-saw battle,” said Ketchum. “We just couldn’t seem to get over the hump.”Basalt was 15-of-17 from the free throw line, while Aspen made all four of its attempts from the charity stripe. “That’s a huge disparity,” Ketchum said, “and tough to overcome.”Aspen senior forward Dave Porter had a career-best nine rebounds, and 11 points.

“Joe and Dave did a great job on the boards,” Ketchum said. “But most of our other normally-sound shooters had off nights, and sometimes there’s nothing you can do about that.”Aspen hosts Roaring Fork in its regular-season home finale on Friday at 7 p.m. at the AHS gym. The following weekend, Feb. 18-19, Aspen hits the road for the regular-season finales at Gunnison and Olathe.Basalt hosts Olathe on Friday at 7 p.m., then welcomes Olathe to the BHS Big House for the ‘Horns regular-season home finale on Friday, Feb. 18. Basalt travels to face Hotchkiss on Saturday, Feb. 19, for their last regular-season game.Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is mutrie@aspentimes.com

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