Late preps: Devils run by Rifle |

Late preps: Devils run by Rifle

RIFLE – The Eagle Valley boys basketball team’s game at Rifle Tuesday night had “land mine” written all over it. It came just three days after a very big win against Steamboat Springs, and it was two days before another tough league contest against Glenwood Springs in Gypsum.

Yet despite a slow start, the Devils roared back from 12-8 first-quarter deficit to beat the Bears going away, 60-42.

“I think it was a two-way street,” Devils coach Brent McConaghy said. “We had played so well against Steamboat, and we got caught checking out Glenwood. We looked ahead a little bit, but we finished after the first quarter.”

After the first quarter, the Devils outscored the Bears, 48-21, in the next 16 minutes to raise their record to 8-4.

Ayren Hart led the Devils with 16 points, while point-guard Juan Baca had 14. The coach was pleased with the rebounding, but didn’t feel Eagle Valley’s press produced enough turnovers. That will be addressed in practice before Glenwood comes to town.

The Demons are 1-3 in the Slope, an unusual record for a squad that has regularly dominated the league. McConaghy isn’t paying attention to Glenwood’s place in the standings.

“It’s not a ‘new’ Glenwood. It’s not a three-loss Glenwood team,” McConaghy said. “We’ve lost to them for the last five or six years. We need to get over the hurdle. It’s a big game for us.”

The girls tip at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

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