Devils fall to Glenwood in last minute heartbreaker, 64-61
Down 63-61 with 22 seconds to go Saturday night against Glenwood Springs, The Eagle Valley boys basketball team looked to its best shooter Cody Gerard to come up with the big shot.
After working the ball down the floor, Gerard took the ball and fired what looked to be the tying shot with six seconds remaining – but the ball rimmed out – and the Devils, who were forced to foul, watched as Glenwood hit a late free-throw to seal the win, 64-61.
“We had a great look at the bucket with about six seconds to go to tie up the ball game,” said Devils coach Phil Cain. “Glenwood just outplayed us in the fourth quarter.”
The Devils looked to be on their way to their second win in two days, after scrapping back from being down by seven at the half, but they literally couldn’t hold on for the win in the last minute of the game as Glenwood’s Sean Flohr hit the go-ahead jumpshot off a Devils’ turnover.
Flohr was the offensive catalyst for the Demons, dropping in 25 points on the night to lead Glenwood’s attack. Gerard matched Flohr’s output with 25 points for the Devils and Jerad Schlegel added 12 points.
Sean Bartlett and Kevin Cruz each had eight for Eagle Valley as well.
The Devils dropped their second game of the day, after falling to the No. 8 Faith Christian Eagles Saturday morning, 88-68.
“We are going to build off of these two losses,” said Cain. “It was good for us to as a team to go against [Faith Christian] that had good quickness. They ran a good fast break, and it helps us to see some weakness that we need to work on. We’ll continue to work on that this week.”
The Devils (1-2) will look to get to .500 next Friday at home against the Olathe Pirates.
Short-handed Lady Devils fall to Faith Christian, Glenwood
The Lady Devils were missing a few key pieces in their starting lineup against Faith Christian and Glenwood on Saturday in the Demon Invitational and it showed.
Missing starting guards Trista Sandoval, Amanda Padilla and Alex Amsden in their morning game against Faith Christian, the Devils fell to the Eagles, 46-33. Sandoval was back for the afternoon game against Glenwood, after taking her ACTs in the morning, but the Devils still couldn’t pull out a win, losing, 46-37.
“Overall, I could not be more proud of these ladies,” said Devils coach Mike Vidakovich. “We were short-handed, but they just worked so hard and they worked together. We told them these three games (in the Demon Invitational) were sort of like a dress rehearsal.”
Padilla was away attending her sister’s graduation from college, while Amsden is fighting through a bout of mono. Reserve guard Whitney Donahue was also unavailable with a sprained ankle.
Sandoval was the Devils’ leading scorer in the Glenwood game with 12 points, while Kenzie Shreeve led Eagle Valley with 10 in against Faith Christian.
“We lost both games today, but I am kind of fired up because of how hard they worked,” said Vidakovich. “We got a lot of work in for our reserves, which was good.”
The Devils next play host to Olathe in their league opener this Friday.
Huskies take two from West Grand
The Battle Mountain boys basketball team beat West Grand, 64-53, like a Drumm Saturday night.
Behind 29 points and 17 rebounds from sophomore Connor Drumm, the Huskies raised their record to 2-1.
“We played a really solid second half,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “We got a lot of ball movement. We had lots of steals. We finished with eight steals and only 12 turnovers.”
Thomas Pacheco was also a big factor with 14 points. In all, Battle Mountain went 18-for-24 from the charity stripe.
Battle Mountain travels to Montrose Thursday for its final game before the holiday break.
The girls team also moved to 2-1 with a 56-39 win over the Mustangs. Battle Mountain took a 17-10 lead after the first quarter and dominated the second, outscoring West Grand, 15-5, for a 32-15 halftime lead on the way to the win.
Battle Mountain hosts Aspen Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Vail Daily sports editor Chris Freud contributed to this report.
Nate Peterson is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 608 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.