Roaring Fork boys hang on against Basalt |

Roaring Fork boys hang on against Basalt

Jim Ryan Special to The Aspen TimesBasalt guard Omar Lopez blocks a shot from Roaring Fork's Jake Strack-Loertscher on Friday in Carbondale.

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork boys basketball coach Larry Williams doesn’t remember much of anything about the game-tying bucket Arick Zeigel sunk with 17 seconds left in Saturday’s 48-47 win over visiting Basalt.

He blamed it on nerves.

“I’m horrible with that,” Williams joked. “I know it wasn’t a 3.”

Zeigel followed his shot, wherever it was from, with a go-ahead free throw as the Rams survived a thriller against the Longhorns for a second time this season.

Back on Jan. 8, Roaring Fork pulled out a 46-44 road win over neighboring Basalt.

In both games, Longhorns senior Omar Lopez got a shot off with time expiring.

On Jan. 8, it was a 3-pointer. On Saturday, it was a 6-footer.

“Omar got a good look at the buzzer,” Longhorns coach Jon Pettit said. “It just didn’t go.”

Dalton Handy led Roaring Fork, now 7-8 overall and 7-5 in the 3A Western Slope, with 16 points. Zeigel finished with 10 and Clay Gross nine. Big men Jake Strack-Loertscher and Jake Hawkins scored seven and six points, respectively.

David Gruenefeldt led Basalt (5-10 overall, 4-8 in the 3A WSL) with 16 points. Lopez chipped in with 13 and nine rebounds for the Longhorns, who missed five of 10 from the foul line in the final quarter.

“That was a tough loss,” Pettit said. “We had a chance to win and we weren’t able to put the game away at the free-throw line.”

The Longhorns girls survived a thriller in Friday’s earlier game. The score was not available Friday night.

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork’s girls nearly got their first win of the season, rallying late in a 46-44 loss to visiting Basalt on Saturday.

The Rams were down seven with about a minute left before scoring five unanswered points – the final three coming on an Alli Zeigel 3-pointer.

“We were coming off a big loss [Friday] and we came back with our best game of the year,” Roaring Fork coach Nancy Zeigel said. “Hopefully that’ll just give them momentum the last couple weeks here. It shows them what they can do.”

Alli Zelgel led the Rams, now 0-15 overall and 0-12 in the 3A Western Slope, with 15 points.

Mackenzie Buck scored 22 to lead the Longhorns (7-8, 7-5).

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