Preps: Aspen home basketball openers Thursday |

Preps: Aspen home basketball openers Thursday

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School basketball teams will open their home seasons Thursday.

The Skiers tipped off the new season last weekend at the annual Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

Now, the Skiers will be on their home court for Thursday’s nonleague games against Hotchkiss.

The girls varsity game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start Thursday.

The boys varsity game will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The Aspen boys enter the home opener with a 1-1 record courtesy of a thrilling victory Saturday over Eagle Valley in Carbondale.

The Skiers had to come from behind after opening with a 10-0 deficit against the Class 4A Devils.

The Aspen boys worked their way back into the game in the third and fourth quarters.

Senior Will Hazen contributed critical fourth-quarter points for Aspen.

And with 20 seconds to play in the game, senior Jack Rosenthal hit a 3-point jumper that gave the Skiers a 41-40 win over Eagle Valley.

The win was a rebound for the Skiers, who had lost 61-29 to Rifle last Friday night. The Bears’ long-range shooting combined with a strong inside game in the Rifle victory. Avery Lujan hit five 3-pointers to lead the Rifle boys.

The Aspen boys will take on a 1-2 Hotchkiss squad coming off a 57-50 victory over Olathe last weekend. Hotchkiss lost the season openner to Ridgway 54-51 before losing to Norwood 64-47.

The Aspen High School girls basketball team will be looking for its first win of the season after opening with losses to Steamboat Springs and Rifle in the Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale.

The Hotchkiss girls also enter Thursday’s game looking for the first win of the season.

The Bulldogs are 0-3, including last weekend’s 61-28 loss at Olathe.

After today’s home games, the Aspen High School basketball teams will hit the road for games Friday at Rifle.

The Aspen squads will play at Vail Christian on Dec. 18 to close the preholiday schedule.

Aspen will host Roaring Fork on Jan. 8 in the Western Slope League openers for girls and boys.