Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. Last Thursday night, December 7, 2017, the Gilpin High School Eagles hosted the West Grand Mustangs and lost a game that was one three-pointer away from going into overtime, 43-46. West Grand now has a 1-2 record and the Eagles have a 0-3 record.
On Thursday, the Gilpin boys and the Mustangs were neck and neck with both sides’ defense working hard to put a halt to the baskets. Senior Tanner Davis and junior Alex Wilhelm put up four points, West Grand found eight and with 1.44 minutes to go, Will Lorenz caught a three-pointer and at the end of the first period, the Eagles trailed 7-8.
Although Gilpin pushed hard, they couldn’t go beyond a five-point deficit in the second period and at half time, the score was 16-21.
In the third period, the Eagles came to life. Wilhelm was good for seven points and the offensive picked up the momentum and Gilpin was ahead 33-31 at the end of the period. West Grand stood their ground and took the lead. With four minutes left in the game, they were ahead 44-38.
Tanner Davis lofted a three-pointer, and with 50 seconds to go, the Eagles were behind by one point, 43-44. A Gilpin foul gave the Mustangs a three-point lead and with five seconds left in the game, Gilpin took the long shot and bounced it off the rim.
It was a disappointing loss, but the Eagles didn’t give anything away; they made the Mustangs buck and kick for every point and showed the fans their strengths.
On Saturday, December 9, the Eagles traveled to Idaho Springs to play the Clear Creek Golddiggers, losing 59-73. They came out strong, grabbing a 17-6 lead in the first quarter, they maintained a lead, ahead by four at half-time, outscored Clear Creek in the third quarter, still ahead at the end of the third quarter, 52-45 and then fizzled out.
The Golddiggers outscored the Eagles by 21 points in the fourth quarter. A hard loss for the Gilpin boys. There was some great offense by Alex Wilhelm, who scored 15 points, Will Lorenz who scored 11, including three three-pointers, and Tanner Davis, who scored 21 points, including 8 out of 10 free throws.
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Alex Wilhelm: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Nolan Lindberg: 2 points, 4 rebounds
Blake Boulter: 2 points, 1 rebound
John Immordino: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks
Will Lorenz: 11 points, 3 three-pointers, 4 rebounds
Tanner Davis: 21 points, 1 three-pointer, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
Chris Brutschi: 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Stephen King: 2 points, 1 assist
(Originally published in the December 14, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)