Turnovers cost Aspen boys vs. Glenwood
Glenwood Springs Post-Independent
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Coach Cory Hitchcock did a lot of talking about Cameron Horning on Thursday night. That’s because the Glenwood Springs High School sophomore, though quiet and reserved, let his play do the talking against the Aspen Skiers.
“He’s just a very good, humble kid,” Hitchcock, said about Horning after the Demons’ 61-48 victory on the first day of the Demon Invitational tournament at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at Glenwood Springs High School.
“We talked about how he scored 31 and his teammates are all excited for him, and he’s just sitting there like ‘What are you guys clapping for? This is what I do.’”
Horning did a lot, finishing 11-of-20 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. It helped the Demons (3-0 overall) win their third consecutive game for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
“I just really wanted to win, and I had a lot of confidence when I was shooting,” Horning said.
The Demons gained that confidence from the beginning of the game, as Glenwood’s defense set the tone against the Skiers (1-1).
Overall, Glenwood forced 27 turnovers — 12 of those coming in the first quarter — to jump to a 19-6 lead after first eight minutes.
Aspen was able to climb back into the game in the second quarter and took the lead for the third time in the third, but Glenwood pulled back ahead in the stanza when the Demons forced more Aspen miscues.
“We had almost 30 turnovers against a team that didn’t press us,” Aspen coach Steve Ketchum said. “I don’t have an answer for why we had that many turnovers other than we made some really bad decisions with the basketball, and there’s no excuse for that. We’re better than that.”
Still, that seems to be Glenwood Springs’ identity so far this season.
On Tuesday, Glenwood forced 30 turnovers in the Demons’ 69-39 victory over Eagle Valley.
“When we’re on defense and the intensity goes up, it turns into offense for us,” Horning said.
Trent Lichtenwalter scored 19 points, and Clayton Crawford added 12 for the Skiers, who used an 8-0 run to start the second quarter to pull within 19-14.
Then after Glenwood reeled off an 8-3 run to pull ahead 27-17 with 3:09 left before halftime, Levi Wright capped a 9-0 run to end the half with a buzzer-beating jumper that brought Aspen within a point.
Crawford nailed a 3-pointer with 50 seconds gone in the third quarter, putting the Skiers ahead, 29-27. But that’s when Horning really got going, hitting a 3-pointer on the ensuing Glenwood possession to spark an 11-2 run for the Demons.
Every point Glenwood scored during the run came from Horning, including an off-balance, fadeaway jumper from the left baseline with two Aspen players in his face.
“He’s such a special player,” Hitchcock said. “I’m glad I have him for three more years.”
Aspen, however, hung around thanks to Licktenwalter. The 6-4 senior scored eight points in the third to keep Aspen within 47-40 headed into the fourth quarter.
But a pair of 3s from Glenwood’s Peter Steckler in the final quarter helped reignite Glenwood’s offense, and a layup from Horning with 49 seconds left gave Glenwood its final margin of victory.
Brian Burbidge finished with nine points and Zack Peterson added six points and seven rebounds for the Demons. Aspen got five points each from Jack Rosenthal, Evan Patzoldt and Wright.
The Skiers (1-1) continue play in the Demon Invitational tournament at 4:30 p.m. today against Eagle Valley.
The Aspen boys will take on Faith Christian at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday to close the tournament.
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