Skiers rout Coal Ridge to win 3A WSL district title

PHOTO BY DANIELLE STOMBERG—Aspen High School’s Matthew Holmes soars to the basket during Saturday night’s playoff game against Coal Ridge High School in Palisade.

The Aspen High School boys basketball team rolled to its second straight district title.

The Skiers outscored Coal Ridge 44-17 in the first half Saturday to rout the Titans 73-42 in the Class 3A Western Slope League district tournament at Palisade High School. Aspen never trailed in the game and Coal Ridge never got close after the first few minutes of the contest.

The Titans’ Eric Schmitz and Alex Klein combined to score 32 of Coal Ridge’s points — Schmitz with 19 and Klein chipping in 13.

The Skiers were well-balanced, with four of the five starters in double figures. Coach Steve Ketchum was impressed by how Aspen performed.

“Incredible defense by our group. Just tremendous effort,” Ketchum said. “They were extremely focused last night and tonight. They really wanted this.”

Ketchum thinks the Skiers are playing well at the right time of the season.

“It feels like we getting ready to peak here. I don’t think we have peaked yet, which is exciting for us,” he said. “There are still some things we need to work on.”

Walker Abrahamnovich was the star of the game for the Skiers, scoring 14 points, but he was caused a lot of problems on the defensive end with numerous blocked shots. Ketchum thought this was the senior’s best game of the year.

“(Abrahamnovich) was the man. We’ve been looking for that for a long time,” he said. “Tonight he just played the game of the year for him, and I am real proud of him.”

Abrahamnovich just wanted to come out and play better than his past couple of games.

“It is was just a good effort, past few games I haven’t played as well as I have been” he said.

“Just to have fun and to win is a good feeling.”

Abrahamnovich was proud to be a part of the second title.

“It’s great to make history, winning a second title in a row for Aspen,” he said. “I am very excited.”

Both teams move on to the Class 3A regional tournament, with the seeds and opponents being announced later this week.

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