Aspen High boys’ basketball dominates Grand Valley, remains undefeated at 12-0

Aspen High School senior Porter Lee gets up for a shot against Grand Valley on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, inside AHS Gymnasium. The skiers won, 65-39.
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With the final games of the regular season fast approaching, the Aspen High School boys’ basketball team continues to advance at a steady pace with little opposition. The last test came on Saturday, a 65-39 home win over Grand Valley that keeps the Skiers undefeated.

“We had a little celebration in there for being 12-0,” Cory Parker, AHS Freshman Head Coach said about the post-game conversation. “They deserve it. They worked hard. Super happy for them.

Offensively, the game may have been a bit more sloppy than Aspen proved the ability and the Cardinals, now 6-7 overall, were a scrappy group that fought back even though they didn’t. never really threatened the perfect mark of the home team. Aspen led 18-6 after one quarter, 35-19 at halftime and 44-28 after three quarters.

Senior Simon Holloway led the skiers with 14 points, while senior Porter Lee had 12 points.

“This afternoon was definitely one of our games with the most ups and downs we’ve had, or the most inconsistencies,” Parker said. “Trying to put the 32-minute strings together, that’s what we really practice for.”

Aspen (12-0 overall, 3-0 Western Slope League) was ranked No. 4 in Class 3A last week by Sterling held the top spot, followed by No. 2 St. Mary’s and No. 3 Colorado Academy. AHS, which also beat Delta (74-54) and Vail Christian (83-36) earlier in the week, is the only undefeated team remaining in the standings across the state, according to RPI rankings.

Aspen lost one of its best players, elder Shae Korpela, in Saturday’s game with Grand Valley to a sprained ankle, although Parker doesn’t expect him to be out. long time. His brother, eldest Braden Korpela, had to deal with his own injury, although Parker hopes he will find both twins by the playoffs.

“With Braden and Shae out, it’s such a great opportunity for some of these other guys coming in,” Parker said. “We don’t want them trying to take the place of Braden Korpela and Shae Korpela. We want them to come and do what they do, but maybe now we expect them to do it. at a higher level than they are used to. But these guys are pretty irreplaceable.

Next, the Skiers will exit league play with a game Tuesday at Rifle, followed by a championship game at home Thursday against Gunnison.

An exciting and late addition to the program is a trip on February 10 to Highland High School, located just north of Greeley. The Huskies are one of the best teams in 3A, entering 8th in the state last week, and will give the skiers the kind of test they haven’t had so far this season.

Aspen’s final regular season game is Feb. 17 at Coal Ridge.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to try and get to the Front Range and get tested a bit to prepare for the state tournament,” Parker said of the game with Highland and the playoffs. “It’s something we’re building for, absolutely. And then keep trying to put 32 minutes together.

The Basalt boys’ basketball team finished the weekend 4-8 overall and 1-2 in the WSL after a 64-51 loss to Coal Ridge on Friday. The BHS girls are 5-7 (0-3 WSL) after losing to Coal Ridge on Friday, 48-38. Aspen does not have a varsity women’s team this season.

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