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High-octane offense drives Grand Valley

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Grand Valley boys revved up their high-octane offense Friday night in Aspen.

The Cardinals, with an explosion of 13 3-pointers, surged to a 25-point halftime lead and then held off a Skiers’ rally to beat Aspen 76-60 in a Western Slope League basketball game at the AHS gym.

Senior Sam Parker, who hit seven 3-pointers, led Grand Valley with a game-high 27 points.

He had 15 points at halftime, all on 3-point shots.

Brother John Parker, a junior, hit four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points along with 10 rebounds as the high-scoring Cardinals improved to 14-2 overall, 10-1 in the Western Slope League.

Tanner McGee added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Leon Hernandez also had a pair of 3-pointers for the Grand Valley boys team.

Senior Evan Patzoldt led Aspen’s comeback bid in the second half when he hit four 3-pointers.

He finished with 23 points.

Senior Dominick Alcorta added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Skiers, who rallied to score 43 points in the second half after the Cardinals had limited them to only 17 points in the first half.

Evan Geishart added six points for the Skiers as did Tristan Niskanen.

With the Friday night loss, Aspen moved to 8-8 overall, 4-7 in conference.

The Aspen boys basketball team will host Gunnison on Saturday with a special starting time of 2:30 p.m.

The boys game will be first Saturday with the girls varsity game to follow at 4 p.m.

Aspen will play at Basalt next Friday night, Feb. 20, before playing at Moffat County on Feb. 21.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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