Hoops: Aspen boys down Titans
Aspen, CO Colorado
PALISADE, Colo. – Aspen’s boys disappeared into the hallway at Palisade High School, then into the locker room, each wearing a look of absolute frustration.
A two-point second quarter dropped the Skiers into an 18-16 halftime hole against Coal Ridge, and they were livid.
“We can’t play like that in the second quarter,” junior Quinn Morehead said. “The players were all mad. We tried to get each other pumped up.”
Whatever was said or done within those locker room walls worked.
Aspen came out in the third quarter a different team. After falling behind 21-16 early in the frame, the Skiers rattled off the game’s next 22 points – a run that stretched all the way into the fourth quarter.
The defense kept the Titans at bay for the duration, and Aspen posted a 54-35 win in Friday’s 3A WSL district tournament semifinal. The Skiers (14-7) will be seeking their fourth straight district title when they face Roaring Fork in Saturday’s 5:45 p.m. title game.
Morehead finished with a team-high 22 points to bury the Titans, knocking down four 3-pointers along the way. Jake Nugent added 10 points, Mike Schwartz nine and Bridger Dawson eight.
Nathan Terrin led Coal Ridge (12-9) with 13 points. Tyler Guettler finished with seven.
“We could open a bakery,” Titans coach Paul Harvey said. “With all those turnovers, we could open a bakery. Aspen played great defense. They were really tough to go against. We panicked a little bit in the second half, didn’t take care of the ball and they made some easy hoops.”
Harvey’s squad, which already has a spot in the 32-team state playoffs locked up, will take on Grand Valley in today’s third-place game at 2:15 p.m.
“It’s against a rival,” Harvey said. “We want to just go out and focus on playing hard tomorrow and improving and getting some momentum going into regionals.”
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