League title for Aspen boys
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys basketball team clinched the regular-season title in the Western Slope League with a dramatic comeback and a last-second 44-40 victory at Gunnison on Friday night.
Actually, the win came in the last seven seconds when the Skiers turned a one-point deficit into a title-clinching victory.
“We escaped; that’s all I can say,” Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum said. “Levi Wright came up big for us at the end.”
Wright had a steal and was fouled with :07 on the clock. He hit both free throws to give the Skiers the lead. Then, Wright had another steal that led to more Clayton Crawford free throws and the road win.
“The good thing is we get to celebrate this, and then get back to work for the tournament Tuesday.”
The No. 1 seed Aspen boys (15-1 in league, 16-3 overall) will host a first-round game in the Western Slope District Tournament on Tuesday night. They will play either Basalt or Olathe.
Ketchum said the Skiers struggled on offense after the long five-hour bus trip.
The Skiers trailed by two at the end of the first quarter and led by two at halftime.
The teams traded the lead in the foul-plagued fourth quarter.
“It was a slugfest,” Ketchum said after the Skiers converted only half of their 24 foul shots. Crawford led the Skiers with 19 points. Trent Lichtenwalter added 10.
Dominick Alcorta scored nine.
Gunnison moved to 5-10 in league, 6-12 overall.
The Skiers won the league title by a game over Moffat County after the Bulldogs were upset 64-55 at Gunnison last weekend.
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