Glenwood Springs rallies in fourth to edge Warriors
Trent Coleman announced his return Tuesday with authority.
The 6-foot-8 big man from Central High School had a night plagued by fouls, causing him to miss a large chunk of the third quarter. But he put up three blocks and two points during his return in fourth quarter.
“(Foul trouble) is always in the back of my mind,” Coleman said. “But I know I’ve got to be a big man, play strong and get the ball.”
The resurgent defensive effort was not enough however, as the Warriors (0-4) couldn’t hold off Glenwood Springs (3-0), losing 52-49 after a fourth-quarter comeback.
“Fouls hurt us,” Coleman said. “We played up at times and had big shots and big opportunities. But there were times we lost possessions, and when you’re playing possession to possession, you can’t lose the big possessions.
Foul trouble hurt the Warriors early. Six of Glenwood Springs’ first eight points came from the free-throw line.
Central’s Angel Galindo tied it at 15-15 with a 3-pointer in the corner to end the first quarter.
The Warriors opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run, but quickly surrendered a 13-4 run by Glenwood, which led 28-27 at halftime.
After giving up another small run, the Warriors responded with back to-back buckets from Taylor Sanchez and Florian Mersmann to keep it close, 34-31.
Coleman picked up his third foul, and left the Warriors without a big man for the final 5 1⁄2 minutes of the third quarter.
Edward Beacoat provided the spark for Central, scoring three straight buckets in transition, with the help of two steals. That run gave the Warriors their first lead of the second half with less than a minute to play in the third quarter and they led 41-39 heading into the fourth.
“I just make sure I’m between my man anD the ball,” Beacoat said. “If I’m there, and I can get the ball, I’m going to get it.”
Glenwood pulled within two on a 3-pointer, and two Central turnovers gave Glenwood multiple chances with less than one minute left.
Glenwood finally took advantage, tying the game 49-49 and giving Central the ball with 30 seconds left. After Coleman missed a jumper from the elbow, a Central foul put Kellin Casey on the line for a one-and-one. He made both for a 51-49 lead with 22 seconds left.
Casey helped Collin Porterfield lead a balanced Glenwood attack with 14 and 15 points, respectively.
Sanchez led scoring for the Warriors with 19 points. Coleman and Beacoat each added 10.
“We’re a new team,” Coleman said. “We know the plays, we’re just learning how to actually go out and play with those plays.”
The young Warriors continued to struggle, falling 82-25 to Glenwood Springs.
The Demons pulled ahead early, led 21-10 after the first quarter and never looked back.
The Warriors (0-3) were held scoreless in the second quarter.
“We’re not running the offense,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “It’ll take time. We have nine freshmen. It’s a big adjustment from middle school to the varsity level.”
Glenwood’s McKenzie Nelson-Buehler led all scorers with 25 points.