Inability to make shots dooms 'Dogs vs. Glenwood
Despite a seemingly unending supply of defensive intensity Tuesday night and a standout performance from Skyler Miller, the Palisade boys basketball team couldn’t get in a rhythm on offense.
Glenwood Springs took advantage and defeated the Bulldogs 59-49 in a 4A Western Slope League contest with major implications in the league standings.
Palisade didn’t get on the scoreboard until Ian Shierland hit a soft, left-handed hook with 3:08 remaining in the first quarter, making the score 8-2. At different points during the second, third and fourth quarters, the Bulldogs pulled within one point. Despite keeping it close, Palisade never led and had a couple of long scoring droughts.
With the loss, the Bulldogs (11-7, 8-4 WSL) need Rifle to lose its final two games to claim a piece of the WSL title.
Conversely, Glenwood Springs (15-4, 10-3 WSL) can secure a piece of the league title with a win over Rifle on Friday.
Palisade coach Brian Tafel said lack of offensive execution and giving up too many offensive rebounds sank the Bulldogs.
“We had trouble scoring,” Tafel said. “I thought we had good looks, but we didn’t finish. Defensively, I thought we played well in the first half, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds against a good team.
“Offensively we’re obviously not very good right now. We just have to work to get better at it.” Zach Marengo led the Bulldogs with 15 points and Miller added 13 points. Miller, a strong perimeter shooter, showed his ability to get to the rim. Throughout the game, Miller finished contested layups with either hand and from a multitude of angles.
“You know, with Skyler, we want him to be aggressive,” Tafel said. “He’s good at attacking, and he’s good at making plays. He’s our playmaker offensively, so of course we want him to do that, and I think he has the potential to be really, really good at scoring at the basket.”
Cameron Horning led Glenwood Springs with 19 points and paced an offense that attacked the rim and hit a handful of 3-point shots.
Tafel said despite the late-season loss, he’s not focused on the league standings.
“We’re just trying to get better,” he said. “Every game we’re just trying to get better. We still have things that we need to work on. I’m not worried about big-picture things. We’re worried about getting better tomorrow and Thursday in practice and working to prepare to beat Eagle Valley on Friday.
“We just need to get our confidence offensively. We’ve been running our offense well to where we’re getting good players in good spots, but we’re not finishing. That, and obviously rebounding tonight was a huge factor. We gave up too many offensive rebounds down the stretch there in the second half, and we weren’t the tougher team on the boards tonight.”