Gilpin Eagles boys’ basketball

Versus Denver Waldorf and Vail Christian

By George Snyder

The Gilpin County boys’ basketball team got off on the wrong foot in 2013, losing 38-33 to Denver Waldorf and 76-18 to 3rd ranked Vail Christian. The losses left Gilpin with a 1-9 record on the season and an 0-1 record in 5280 League play.

Although Gilpin’s 3/4-court press produced a myriad of Spartan offensive turnovers, the Eagles were never able to shake Denver Waldorf throughout the game. In fact the Eagles trailed 18-15 at halftime, but two quick baskets by Bjorn Tomlinson in the fourth quarter gave Gilpin a 29-25 lead with 2:30 left in the game and the small Gilpin crowd a brief whiff of victory. However, the Eagles fumbled the following possession and momentum changed back to Waldorf.  In the last minute, the Eagles fouled three times, hoping to gain control of the ball, but the Spartans made the foul shots and finished the Eagles’ efforts. Chase Boulter was the only Gilpin player in double figures with 14 points.

The Vail Christian game was a mismatch from the beginning, as the senior-dominated Saints hammered the young Eagles’ defense for a 72-13 lead at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was more even as Vail Christian played its junior varsity, but the Saints still mastered the Eagles 4-3.

The Eagles will play their next game at the Denver Jewish Day School on Tuesday. It is a 5280 League contest. The Eagles next home game is a January 22 non-league contest against Denver Waldorf, in which Gilpin will be seeking a measure of revenge for last week’s defeat.

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