Struggling Aspen boys lose to Battle Mtn. 58-46 |

Struggling Aspen boys lose to Battle Mtn. 58-46

Tim Mutrie
Aspens Joe Turner goes up for a shot over a Battle Mountain defender during first-quarter action Tuesday night at the AHS gym. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.

The mistake-prone Aspen High boys basketball team lost to Vail’s Battle Mountain 58-46 Tuesday night at the AHS gym.The loss dropped Aspen to 1-5 overall on the season, the AHS boys’ worst start in recent history.

“We’ve got to play smarter basketball – simply,” said AHS coach Steve Ketchum. “We made too many mistakes – turnovers, lost balls, poor shots – and against a good team, you can’t make that many mistakes and win, bottom line.”To be honest with you, I know we have some potential, but we’re not going to start winning until we start eliminating these mistakes.”

Aspen trailed 28-25 at halftime. “But in the third quarter, they just stuck it to us,” said Ketchum, “and the mistakes kept coming.”Battle Mountain’s 6-foot-7 center Trent Beckley led all scorers with 19 points. He was the only Battle Mountain player to score in double figures.

Aspen senior forward David Porter scored 13 points to lead Aspen. Senior forward Hardy Andersen contributed 8 points.On Thursday, before the holiday break, Aspen travels to face Rangely, the top-ranked Class 2A team in the state.”We’d like to get a win before the break but there’s no guarantees,” said Ketchum. “If you travel three or four hours and don’t play well, it’s a long way home, and it’s a very long Christmas holiday.”Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is