Vail Christian basketball bows to Coal Ridge
Slope play on tap for Saints
This, boys and girls, is why you schedule a game after Christmas break, but before league play starts.
Coal Ridge boys basketball, ranked No. 12 in 3A in ye olde rating-percentage index, came to town Thursday night and boxed 2A Vail Christian, 71-45.
“It’s a good tune-up,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We knew, coming into the season, that this was going to be one of the hardest games on our schedule. It was a great first half and then we went cold and they stayed hot.”
The Titans led, 33-27, at the break and then said goodbye to the Saints, who fell to 4-1. Coal Ridge senior Austin Gerber had 30 points, including six 3s. He’s a tremendous player, but that’s one of those performances one wants to see on television, as opposed to in person.
In fairness to Vail Christian, the Titans have made a lot of teams look bad. Coal Ridge has beaten Meeker, 68-33, Paonia, 64-38, and 4A Rifle, 52-26.
“Last year, we ended up having a heck of a season, and we were (2-4) at this point,” Kuhns said. “We’re 4-1 this year. I like where we’re at.”
Alec Moritz had 21 points, while Jamison Lee had 12.
The Vail Christian girls had no better luck against the Titans, falling, 58-26.
Both Saints’ teams host Plateau Valley on Saturday in the 2A Slope opener.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.