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Hoops: Garcia’s 31-point effort not enough for Basalt

Michael Appelgate
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

BASALT – The boys basketball team just ran out of steam.

After struggling to keep pace against Cedaredge High School on the road Friday evening, head coach Rolf Schildman said his team’s effort was impressive but not enough. The Longhorns fought back from a six-point deficit at the half – including being down by more than 10 – to push the game into overtime and eventually lose, 71-65.

“(Cedaredge) had the whole first half, and then we’d cut it back to four or five,” Schildman said. “They had the lead for much of the first half.

“We came back and actually took the lead with a few minutes left. It came down to free throws, and we had some guys foul out.”

Basalt’s offense was led by a scoring flurry from 3-point shooter Bertilio Garcia, who hit eight 3s in the game, carrying the Longhorns offense with 31 total points.

“They were playing a zone, and we moved the ball around, and he had some good looks,” Schildman said. “When the first couple went in, you could tell he was feeling it.”

Despite Garcia’s sharp-shooting, the Longhorns struggled to recover on Cedaredge (4-3) fast breaks.

“That was the story of the whole game, really,” Schildman said. “We shot the ball pretty well, and when we got good looks, we hit them, but we had too many turnovers.”

Javier Huerta chipped in with 10 points, and Spencer Glasener had eight.

The loss dropped Basalt to 2-4 on the season. The Longhorns host Coal Ridge at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“We got better tonight definitely,” Schildman said. “We’re right there knocking on the door on winning those road games.”

Head coach Tiffany Robison admitted that the Cedaredge defensive press got to her team a little bit Friday evening on the road.

So did early foul trouble for a few of her starters.

Both hurdles contributed to Robison’s squad losing 64-52 and dropping to 0-6 on the season.

“We started rough,” Robison said. “It was a close start for both teams.”

Despite the close start, foul trouble contributed to a 21-9 deficit for the Longhorns after the first quarter, which proved to be too much. Basalt was down 37-24 to the Bruins (4-3) at halftime.

“I thought we matched up with them really well,” Robison said of her offense. “We just sometimes got a little bit ahead of ourselves and made some mistakes.”

In the second half, the Robison said her offense became more patient, and it produced positive results. Her players found teammates wide open for easy jump shots with Lindsay Corzine leading the way with 22 points.

Corzine scored 13 points from the stripe, missing just three free throws.

Carina Capobianco followed with 12 points. However, the next highest point scorer for Basalt was Cira Mylott with six.

“That’s the highest we scored this season so far,” Robison said. “We definitely all get better every game, and we play positively and with a lot of heart. They get down, but they never give up. I always try and see the positives in the game even though it was a loss. They feel that they are getting better as well.”

The 12-point loss was the Longhorns’ fifth double-digit loss of the season. They host Coal Ridge today at 2:30 p.m.

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