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Gilpin boys’ basketball loses valiant struggle

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To Rocky Mountain Lutheran

By George Snyder

The Gilpin County boys’ basketball team waged a valiant struggle against Rocky Mountain Lutheran but came up a little short. They bowed out with a score of 58-49 in their final home game February 5. The loss left the Eagles with a 1-5 record in 5280 League play and 2-14 for the season.

The Eagles kept the game close for three quarters by hustling on rebounding, previously a weak fundamental, and matched their opponent, also called Eagles, at 40 apiece. As a result, they trailed only 40-34 approaching the final period. In the fourth quarter, both teams abandoned their defense and scored at will. The visitors, who had a more balanced scoring output, won the battle 18-15 and finished with a wider lead than the tempo of the game indicated. Freshman Chase Boulter led Gilpin in both scoring with 23 points and rebounding with 16 rebounds, 15 of which came on the defensive board. Rocky Mountain Lutheran had three leading scorers, each with 10 points in the game.

The Eagles now embark on the last week of their season by playing Shining Mountain, the Number 2 ranked team in the state, at the Lions’ gym on Friday. They also played athletic Jim Elliot Christian on Tuesday. Results for that game and the Nederland game were not available at press time. If the Eagles lose their Friday game, they still have a chance to host one playoff game against last place Denver Waldorf in the league tournament. Stay tuned!

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