Huskies pull shocker vs. Glenwood
EAGLE-VAIL – They will talk about Saturday’s Battle Mountain-Glenwood Springs boys basketball game for a long time.And, the story will become greater with each telling – especially among Huskies fans.The Demons led Battle Mountain, 28-6, with 5:21 left in the first half. Final score – Huskies 58, Demons 52.The Yankees’ Yogi Berra must have been in the house because Battle Mountain proved that, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.””All I can say is that they had a helluva comeback. Holy cow,” said Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue, who was beyond ecstasy after the game. “There’s always so much time left. You see kinds of things like this happen every so often. So, I just kept on telling the guys, ‘Don’t quit. Just keep working.'””We played like garbage the first half,” Battle Mountain’s Connor Drumm said. “There were a lot of things said in the locker room that weren’t too pleasing. I think we could have given up real easily and got blown out. But, we decided to come back and give them a run for it.”Drumm was a big part of that comeback with a game high 20 points. But, his biggest contribution came on defense. He got the job of trying to shut down Glenwood’s explosive Sean Flohr. Drumm did the job, holding No. 23 to 10 points.
“I don’t know what Sean ended up with, but he was obviously pressing during the last of the third quarter and in the fourth,” Tronsrue said. “He wanted his shot. We were playing good defense and we were getting good help. Connor did a good job on him. We just had a good defensive effort.”And a whopping team effort when it came to rallying. After being down 28-6, the Huskies narrowed the leadto 15 points at the half with a 15-8 run. With seven from Clint Wilson and four from Drumm in the third, the lead was whittled down to 45-34.Then, the Huskies went off. Trent Beckley, playing with four fouls, started the fourth quarter with a huge 3-point play. After a running jumper from Thomas Pacheco, Beckley did it again and it was suddenly a four point game with Glenwood leading 46-42.Fouls were becoming a big issue for Glenwood. The Demons’ two post men Ryan Foraker and Chris Benson fouled out with five minutes to go and both Drumm and Beckley were converting their freebies. In all, it was a fantastic night from the charity strip for Battle Mountain. The Huskies were 30-for-37.Derek Rush tied it at 50 with a free throw with 3:28 left. Rogelio Loya gave the Huskies the lead for good with a 6-footer at the 2:35 mark.Glenwood’s Nathan Moore, who would also eventually foul out, tipped a rebound in to close it to 53-52. Flohr fired up a 3 attempt, but it was no good. Free throws by Pacheco, Loya and Drumm sealed the deal.Michael Flohr led the Demons with 12. Moore and Benson each had 10 points and Foraker had nine. Not to be left out from Battle Mountain was Clint Wilson’s best game of the year with 13 points.
Battle Mountain, 8-4 overall and 1-2 in league, hosts Steamboat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and will definitely be on a high.”This should be a big-time lift,” Tronsrue said. “To come back from 22 down, we should be going. I told the guys that we needed to get back into that December form. We needed to hustle, work hard, have heart and intensity and get the job done.”Demons beat Lady HuskiesEAGLE-VAIL – A 9-0 run to start the game and 14-6 run in the second quarter propelled the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team to a 56-42 win over the Huskies Saturday.It was Glenwood’s first Slope win of the year and the loss dropped Battle Mountain to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in league play.”That was one of our goals to come out and push right away and get those points on the board and do the things we know how to do and just have confidence in our shot,” Demons coach Deb Henderson said. “Last night (against Eagle Valley), our shots didn’t fall and our girls lost confidence and they got that back in the first quarter. They played hard all game.”
To their credit, the Huskies chipped away at Glenwood’s lead. They got as close as seven points when Emily LyBarger dropped in an 8-footer, making it 38-31 in the third.Meagan Reigel had a big game with 14 points for Battle Mountain. Katie Hite had nine and LyBarger had six.Battle Mountain is at Steamboat Friday at 7:30 p.m. Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado