Faith Christian tops Aspen boys
The Aspen Times
The Skiers are coming home.2The Aspen High School boys basketball team will play its home opener — and only home game before the holiday break — Tuesday night against visiting Cedaredge.
After a brutal opening week of four road games in five days, the Skiers are more than happy to open the Western Slope League season at home.
“We made some progress. And I was very proud of the effort all weekend,” Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum said Saturday after the Aspen boys had dropped a tough 61-50 decision to Faith Christian in the annual Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.
“We were close at the end of the first quarter and at halftime,” Ketchum said. “And they are a really good team.”
Faith Christian led 19-16 at halftime, adding to it in the third quarter.
“We were even in the fourth,” Ketchum said, adding that the Skiers missed nine free throws — include two on the front end of 1-and-1 opportunities.
“We just didn’t get it done. No. 1, we had too many turnovers again. But we were better than we have been,” Ketchum said.
The team also struggled from the field, missing “at least 10 shots … at the rim,” he said.
“But we battled really hard. We played with great effort on defense for most of the night,” Ketchum said.
Clayton Crawford, Trent Lichtenwalter and Evan Patzoldt led the Skiers in scoring again with 16, 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Patrick Martin nailed his first varsity 3-pointer in the game, Ketchum said as the 2-2 Skiers head into the conference season.
Faith Christian heads back to Arvada with wins over Aspen and Eagle Valley and a 70-65 loss to Glenwood Springs.
The Skiers lost to the Demons by a 61-48 margin Thursday night.
“We played two really quality teams in the (Demon) tournament,” Ketchum said.
“We’re struggling a little on the offensive end, but I think we’ve learned a lot,” he said, eager for a Monday practice session in advance of Tuesday’s 7 p.m. tip against 3-0 Cedaredge.
“Cedaredge is undefeated … it’s our only home game (before the holiday break),” he said. “I’m expecting our guys to come out and play great.”
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