Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge junior Reid Gates shoots over the Olathe Pirate’s defense in an earlier season game in Olathe. The Bruins played well in a win. Last week’s encounter with the Aspen Skiers was not as fortunate for the Bruins as Aspen dealt the Bruins a 61-47 loss that leaves Cedaredge with a 1-2 league mark and 2-2 overall.Aspen and Cedaredge squared off against each other on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Cedaredge. The Bruins (1-2 and 2-2), sitting sixth in the 3A WSL, stayed with a talented Aspen team through most of the first quarter.
The Skiers, ranked second in 3A WSL play, had just a bit more offense in the first period and outscored the Bruins 18-14 on their way to a 61-47 league win.
Reid Gates scored six of his 15 team-high points for the Bruins in the opening frame. Dillon Smith hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc to score six. Aspen's Clayton Crawford canned eight points for the Skiers and Luke Rider added five for Aspen in the first eight minutes of play.
Cedaredge's demise was due largely to the lack of consistency in the second quarter by the Bruins. Aspen picked up 22 points from a combined five different players while the Bruins managed just 11 counters. Trent Walker got hot for Cedaredge with three bombs from behind the three-point line. Carter Stoudt had the other two points for the Bruins from the charity stripe.
Cedaredge, after trailing 40-25 at the break, had one more point than the Skiers in the third quarter and trailed by 14 heading into the final stanza.
Each team scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to leave the final score at 61-47. Gates' 11 points in the period weren't enough to offset the play of Aspen down the stretch.
A conversation with head coach Kevin Dunbar revealed some of the reasons for Cedaredge's loss. "I believe Aspen should be a top-five team in the state right now. They were a good team that shot the ball well, played physical and executed on offense. We played tough defensively and hung with them most of the game. The second quarter sunk us as we had some lapses rebounding the ball and gave them too many offensive boards and chip shots to pull ahead at half."
Picking up double-digit scoring numbers for the Bruins along with Gates were Walker who had 14 points and Smith who finished with 10. Crawford's 21 points gave Aspen the game's leading scorer. Trent Lichtenwalter chipped in 12 counters to give the Skiers two players with double-figure scoring.
Walker was one of the top rebounders for the Bruins with six defensive boards while Gates pulled down two offensive carroms and four defensive boards. Smith pulled down a pair of offensive rebounds for the Bruins.