Smethers rebounds

AJ Smethers battles for a Buena Vista rebound as Luke Reavis watches the action.

The Buena Vista Demons started the season with a couple of home wins. They won the opener over Rye Dec. 3, 30-27, and posted a win over Platte Canyon Dec. 5, 42-32.

Putting points on the board was a challenge in both games, but the Demon full court defensive pressure caused turnovers leading to scoring opportunities.

Both the visiting Thunderbolts and the home Demons struggled to find the range offensively on Tuesday. The game that lacked for scoring was full of energy with both teams applying defensive pressure and creating turnovers.

It was a back-and-forth game. Buena Vista had the lead at the end of one quarter 12-9 and the Thunderbolts were up at the break 17-16. Buena Vista applied the defense in the third quarter allowing only two points and took the lead back 25-19.

Rye had an early third quarter run to secure the lead again and then the Demon defensive pressure took over. Philip Rodgers set the tone getting several deflections along with some key rebounds.

Issac Bearss made a mid range jumper late to put the Demons up one with two minutes remaining. The team followed with two made free throws down the stretch and Rye’s unsuccessful 3-point attempt at the buzzer gave the Demons the win, 30-27.

The junior varsity team also picked up a 64-24 win for the Demons.

It was more of the same on Thursday in a low scoring affair with the Huskies from Platte Canyon in Bailey. The game was played at a hectic full court pace by both teams.

Buena Vista was down 18-14 at half and then managed to find the range from behind the arc in the third to take the lead. It was defensive pressure though that really swung the game. They caused 20 second half turnovers to create additional offensive opportunities.

Point guard Tucker Storms made the most of his 30 minutes of playing time, scoring 13 points, grabbing eight rebounds, dishing out five assists and nabbing four steals while committing just three turnovers.

“We are a pretty inexperienced team overall at the varsity level but the effort we have been getting not only in games, but practice as well has been nice to see,” said coach Scott Crites.

The team will host the Buena Vista Invitational Tourney this week. Games begin on Thursday, Dec. 12, with Buena Vista hosting Gunnison. The varsity boys tip off at 7 p.m.

The tournament continues through the weekend starting at 4 p.m on Friday and 9 a.m on Saturday. The boys teams playing in the tourney are Buena Vista, Bayfield, Grand Valley, Gunnison, Middle Park, Pagosa Springs, Salida and University. Buena Vista will play Middle Park on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Games will be played at the High School P.E. Complex and at Darren Patterson Christian Academy Gym.

“We would love for everyone to come out and support the teams this weekend,” said Crites.

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