Rifle drops Huskies boys | VailDaily.com

Rifle drops Huskies boys

EAGLE-VAIL – Turnovers and a lack of discipline doomed Battle Mountain boys basketball to a 70-51 loss to Rifle Friday night.The loss dropped Battle Mountain to 0-2 in the Slope after promising start in nonconference play.The general pattern of the game was that Rifle would take a lead and then the Huskies would gamely chip away with the pattern repeated often.Rifle led, 30-19 after the half and, 48-32, after three quarters. In the fourth, the Huskies started to get into a grove, closing it to as close as 11.”That middle fourth period where we were making the comeback, we finally had settled down,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “We went through a three- or four-minute period where we had one turnover and we had caused five or six turnovers. We had made some baskets and we were working on their lead. That’s what we take out of it. Now, we need to have this kind of effort for 32 minutes.”That tide of momentum was stopped abruptly with 3:38 left in the game. Up 59-45, Rifle’s Travis Jensen got the layup and the foul for the 3-point play. Battle Mountain also got whistled for a technical and that was the game as Jensen also converted those shots from the charity stripe.”At one point in time, I took a look at the clock and I was thinking, ‘It was 66-51. If we hadn’t had that foul, that technical, change of possession and minus those six points, it would have been a nine-point ball game with three minutes to go,'” Tronsrue said. “That hurt us.”Also hurting the Huskies were turnovers – 22, to be exact.”We’ve just got to get consistent about our play,” Tronsrue said. “With 22 turnovers, you’re not going win a game.”On the bright side, Battle Mountain had a much-improved game from the line. After going an abysmal 12-for-26 in a one-point loss to Eagle Valley, the Huskies were 17-for-24 against the Bears.Trent Beckley led the Huskies with 15, while Connor Drumm had nine off the bench.The Huskies have to shake this loss off quickly. Glenwood Springs comes to town tonight at 6 and that means it’s time to focus on the Demons’ Sean Flohr, 3-point shooter extraordinaire.”We’re going to try to work him all over the floor,” Tronsrue said. “We’re going to give him some body. We’re going to be up in his face all game long. I know they try to set some screens for him or they’ll kick him the ball and run him off screens. We’re just going to try to keep pressure on him and make some other guys beat us.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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