Devils win seventh straight over Basalt
The wins all wore different suits – seven to be exact – but regardless of the fabric from which they were made, they were wins all the same.
The “W’ that the Eagle Valley boys basketball team craves most, though, after seven straight wins in 15 days is lucky No. 8 against Roaring Fork on Friday – the same team to deal the Devils their only league loss.
The Devils couldn’t have earned a rematch for the 3A Slope crown on Friday at home against the Rams, without gutting out a win over Basalt on Tuesday night, 62-57.
“I’m pleased with the win,” said Devils coach Phil Cain, whose team battled back from being down 42-36 before the start of the fourth quarter to topple the Longhorns. “We had some adversity, but we stuck together as a team. It was defense that got us back into the game.”
It was also David Hernandez, who scored all of his seven points consecutively in the fourth quarter to put the Devils up by five.
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The Longhorns continued to scrap, cutting the lead to as much as three a couple of times in the game’s waning minutes, but the Devils stayed calm and iced their freethrows to pick up the win.
Cody Gerard led Eagle Valley with 19 points, five of which came off of 5-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line in the crucial fourth quarter. Kevin Cruz added 15 and Jerad Schlegel had 11.
“I know they’re excited for opportunity to get another shot at Roaring Fork,” said Cain. “In football this year, Eagle Valley and Roaring Fork were the two competing for the league title. These kids know each other. So, it should be a good game.”
The Devils improved to 11-1 in 3A Slope play.
Lady Devils lose
The Lady Devils let a close game get away from them Tuesday night as Roaring Fork pulled away from a three-point lead at the half to put away Eagle Valley, 65-51.
“The difference was that we got outscored, 25-11, in the third quarter,” said Lady Devils coach Mike Vidakovich. “Basalt has a pretty good basketball team. They got on that run, and then we just could never recover.”
Class 3A-leading scorer Lauren Redfern had another big night against the Devils, scoring 24 points, to go along with her 24-point effort against Eagle Valley on Jan. 20.
Kenzie Shreeve tallied 17 for the Lady Devils and Trista Sandoval and Stacie Santoro each had 10.
Eagle Valley fell to 9-8 overall and 6-6 in league play.
Nate Peterson is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or via e-mail at email@example.com.