Glenwood presses Eagle Valley for a win
EAGLE ” The Demons stole the Devils’ fire Saturday night.
After going on an 8-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 33-27 lead, the Glenwood Springs boys’ basketball team extended its lead in the second half and fended off an Eagle Valley surge to earn a 52-38 win.
Despite both teams playing their second game in as many days, there wasn’t a lack of a spark on the court.
“Anybody who has an interest in athletics has to love how hard both teams played,” said Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel. “Players are flying around the court with hardly any time left, still sailing out of bounds to save balls and taking charges on the baseline.”
It was not so much the team with more energy that won but rather the team that made fewer mistakes that came out on top.
In the face of a tough Glenwood press defense, the Devils made several mistakes that allowed the Demons to pull away.
“They pressed us efficiently, but we turned the ball over,” Gabriel said. “A full-court press shouldn’t create automatic turnovers.”
During Glenwood’s 16-0 run that spanned two halves and brought the Demons from trailing, 27-25, into the lead at 41-27, many of their points came off turnovers.
But the Devils weren’t about to let the Demons cruise through the rest of the half, and they went on an 8-0 run to close the gap to 41-35 at the end the third quarter.
Foul trouble and some missed shots by the Devils, combined with hot shooting by the Demons, gave Glenwood another double-digit lead halfway through the final frame.
“We played our game and our pace in the first half,” said Eagle Valley’s Matt Barker. “But in the second half, we didn’t get in our set, and we needed to play a faster pace.”
The Devils were led by John Gabriel, who scored a game-high 18 points and added four blocks.
“John’s blocking ability is really something,” Pat Gabriel said. “I certainly don’t teach shot-blocking ” it’s natural.”
Barker was the other Eagle Valley cager in double digits, with 10 points. Cody Comerford added four points for the Devils.
Gabriel thinks the key to pulling out some close games will be getting more players scoring in double digits ” something he knows is a possibility.
“Bear Barkman can do some neat things for us, and David McMichael is quick off the floor,” he said. “When their shots start going in, we will be formidable.”
For Glenwood, Michael Flohr had a team-high 16 points, while Nathan Moore and Chris Benson each had 15 points.
The game featured a pair of coaches who had sons on the team. In addition to the Gabriel duo, Glenwood has a Flohr duo, with Kevin coaching and Michael playing.
Lady Demons drop Devils
When Glenwood Springs puts on a press defense, good things happen.
That is unless you happen to be the other team.
After taking a 37-27 lead into halftime, the Demons shut down the Eagle Valley Devils in the second half and ran away with a 70-34 victory.
“Last night, Battle Mountain had 29 points against us all game, and Eagle Valley had 27 against us at halftime,” said Glenwood coach Deb Henderson. “After halftime, my girls stepped up to the plate, played good defense and took Eagle Valley off their game.”
In the first half, Eagle Valley hit several open-field goals and 3-pointers to keep the game close. But the Devils couldn’t find the shooting touch in the second half.
“On offense we had the looks but just couldn’t make the shots,” said Eagle Valley coach Jamie Mayne.
While the ball wasn’t dropping for the Devils, it sure seemed to be for the Demons, who shot around 50 percent in the second half.
“They have great all-around shooting,” Mayne said. “Not one person on their team can’t shoot. And the shots were falling for them.”
Glenwood’s Sam Ciani had a game-high 15 points, followed by teammate Ashley Jensen with 11. Jensen picked up a double-double with 10 assists and added four steals.
The speedy Glenwood squad racked up 19 steals. Even in the fourth quarter, when the Demons led by more than 20 points, they still wreaked havoc on the Eagle Valley offense, doubling the ball handler.
“They came out in the first quarter and pressed, played tough defense half-court and were running the court really well,” Mayne said.
For the Devils, Amanda Padilla played her usual hustle style, collecting six rebounds and four points. Mary Cochrane led the team with eight points, followed by Sarah Reed with seven. Chelsey Lueders and Jeannette Baker each had six points.
Rachel Sandoval collected three fouls by the end of the first half and spent some time on the bench.
Elana Hernandez and Alaina Sheehy played well off the bench.
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