Skiers upset Devils boys
On Monday night, Eagle Valley boys basketball coach Phil Cain emphasized to his team that the postseason is a whole new season with everybody’s record moved back to 0-0.
That message was clear on Thursday night at Rifle in the Devils’ second game of the district tournament against Aspen, although it wasn’t the Devils who were tuned into their coaches advice.
The Skiers surprised the Devils early, jumping out to a 21-9 lead at halftime and then withstood a frantic Eagle Valley push in the fourth quarter, to upset the No. 2-seeded Devils, 54-50.
“We had a rough night shooting the ball,” Cain said. “We had a real poor shooting percentage in the first half and a lot of turnovers.”
Eagle Valley outscored the Skiers, 23-14 in the fourth quarter, finally getting untracked offensively, but it was only one bright spot in what was a forgettable night.
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“We got going in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late,” Cain said. “We’re still alive. We will advance next week and play in the regional tournament. Now, we’re just vying for a better seed.”
The Devils will face Gunnison on Saturday at Rifle in the third-place district game.
Cody Gerard was the only Eagle Valley player to score in double digits, dropping in 22 points in the losing effort.
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