Turnovers plague Skiers at Steamboat | AspenTimes.com

Turnovers plague Skiers at Steamboat

Nate PetersonAspen, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. Forget the basketball shoes. Aspen’s touted boys hoops team might consider running shoes for Monday’s practice.Eighty-one turnovers in three games at the Steamboat Springs Invitational over the weekend means the Skiers (3-2) are going to do wind sprints until they never want to give away the ball ever again, coach Steve Ketchum said.A year after Aspen upset two bigger schools to reach the final at the same tournament, it opened with two losses and found itself playing downvalley rival Basalt in the tournament’s fifth-place game early Saturday morning.”As a coach, a lot of people seem to think we’re in control of the game,” Ketchum said. “It’s a helpless feeling watching the bleeding going on and having no clue how to stop it.”He was talking about Thursday night’s 70-57 loss to Green River (Wyo.), but he might as well have been talking about the Skiers’ overall performance in three games.Against an unrelenting Green Valley press, Aspen committed 34 turnovers. There were also 16 missed free throws. In a 45-39 loss to 4A Montrose, Aspen again struggled with a press and gave up the ball 27 times to go with 15 missed free throws.The 30-point win over Basalt didn’t have Ketchum smiling either: The Skiers gave up the ball 20 times – against no press whatsoever.”There’s really no excuse for it,” Ketchum said. “We’ve been playing together for too long, with games, camps and summer leagues and going over to Europe. … We’re going to do a lot of running. We told the kids we’re OK with no more than 10 turnovers a game. We’re even OK with 15. But anything over that, we’re running sprints.”Aspen senior forward Cory Parker led the Skiers offensively in all three games, dropping in 24 points against Green Valley and 15 against Montrose. Fellow senior Michael Taylor added 11 and 12 points, respectively in both losses.If there’s any silver lining, it’s that the Skiers had the exact same record at this juncture in the season last year before winning 11 of their next 12 games.”We’re going to correct these mistakes, and we’ll get right back on track,” Ketchum said. “We’ll be OK.”Aspen doesn’t play again until Jan. 5 when it hosts Hotchkiss at 4 p.m. Basalt next plays at Roaring Fork on Dec. 18.npeterson@aspentimes.com

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