EDWARDS — Yes, it’s early, but these are good days for Glenwood Springs basketball.
The Demons are 15-0 overall combined after a sweep of Battle Mountain on Tuesday evening. The Glenwood Springs boys made it 8-0 with a 78-50 victory over the Huskies in Edwards on Tuesday.
“Glenwood basketball is a lot of fun,” Demons boys coach Corey Hitchcock said. “Both the boys and girls programs are exciting the school and each other. Both teams are playing well right now, and we hope to keep that streak going.”
After a tight first quarter, the Demons (4-0 in the Western Slope) crushed the boards and moved the ball beautifully during a 13-0 run to start the second. Juniors Zack Peterson and Will Grey started the roll with layups. Sophomore Cameron Horning took it from there with the next seven, including a 3-point play.
Only the hot hands of the Huskies’ Owen Riley, who had a pair of treys, kept Battle Mountain close at the half, the Demons leading 28-17.
The Demons blew it open after halftime with an aggressive press that produced turnover after turnover and the ensuing easy buckets. Glenwood can shoot, but layups were the order of the day with its defense and size advantage in the paint. The Demons ripped off 24 points during the third quarter and were on their way.
Glenwood’s Brian Burbidge, who led the Demons with 15 points, had eight in the third quarter alone, as did Jared Gambrel.
“We are a defensive basketball team,” Hitchcock said. “And defense leads to offense. When we buckle down on D, we create scoring opportunities. Our guys, I think, have a tendency to feel out the other team like a boxer. I’m trying to get them to come out, swinging for the knockout. I felt they responded well in the second half.”
Meanwhile, Battle Mountain took one step forward and one back in the health department. Amadou Dath (knee) returned to the lineup for the first time since the second game of the season at Vail Christian on Dec. 6. However, Dath was saddled with foul trouble for most of the game. On the other hand, John Rulon missed the game with the flu, and Mizriam Olivas sat out with a concussion. The Huskies still have not fielded their full starting lineup since the season opener.
That’s no excuse, said coach Tom Padilla
“I think they just need to give it more effort,” he said. “We play one quarter of really good basketball and then give up so many points in the second quarter; that’s a letdown. We’ve got to learn to play all four quarters. That’s why I played my freshmen and sophomores in the fourth quarter. They were giving effort.”
Riley led the Huskies (4-4, 0-3) with 15 points.
Lady Demons cruise
The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team rolled to a 27-13 halftime lead on its way to a 57-27 win over Battle Mountain on Tuesday evening in the lidlifter.
Madi Spence had 15 points and Delany Gaddis added another 13 as the Demons stayed perfect at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the 4A Western Slope.
Nonetheless, Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said there’s lots to work on as the team returned to action after the holiday break.
“It’s not working on things,” Gaddis said. “We already know what we have to do. We just need to do it. I have to give Battle Mountain credit. They were scrappy. They worked harder than us. Refocusing is always hard after the break.”
Elizabeth Olivas led the Huskies (3-5, 0-3) with 12 points.
Glenwood’s teams are home for Delta on Friday, while Battle Mountain heads to Rifle on Saturday.