The Demons trailed 24-23 early in the fourth quarter, but they managed to hold the Saints scoreless the rest of the game while tallying the contest’s final eight points, coming away with a victory that avenged a 33-31 overtime loss from Dec. 15 during a non-league tournament in Collbran Plateau Valley.
The rematch with the Saints is slated for Saturday, Feb. 23 in Ridgway.
Ridgway (6-9 overall) – which was outscored 27-16 in the second half of a 42-31 loss at league-foe DeBeque on Friday – returns to action today, Tuesday, Feb. 12, when it plays host to non-league Norwood in a game added to the schedule so each team can fill its 19-game regular-season slate.
Norwood (10-4) is coming off a 53-43 San Juan Basin League loss to Dove Creek on Saturday. The Mavericks were also upset 47-33 by Ouray on Feb. 5 when 5-foot-11 center Sam Oliver was limited to 13 points. The Mavericks routed Ridgway 62-27 in the season-opener during the Ridgway Tournament on Nov. 30.
League action continues for the Demons (2-3 league) when they play host to county-rival Ouray on Friday, Feb. 15 looking to avenge a 47-36 loss from Feb. 1. In that game, Ouray led 33-10 late in the second quarter but were held to three field goals the final 17 minutes, 33 seconds of the game. Junior point guard Michal Fagrelius scored a game-high 11 points to lead Ouray, while senior center Madison Norwood had 10 to pace the Demons.
Ouray (8-8, 3-2) has lost only three of its last eight, including a 55-33 setback to league-leading Crested Butte on Saturday.
In the league standings, No. 10 state-ranked Crested Butte is in the driver’s seat (5-0) ahead of Ouray (3-2), Ridgway (2-3), Vail Christian (1-3), and DeBeque (1-4).
BOYS LOSE BOTH GAMES OF ROAD TRIP
The overnight trip to DeBeque-Vail Christian didn’t end as well for the boys’ team. The Demons came up short on Friday at DeBeque, losing 82-60, and against Vail Christian on Saturday, falling 53-40. The Demons found themselves on the losing end against Vail Christian despite the fact that the Saints’ leading scorer, Jaryd Francis and his 22 points per game, was out with an injury.
The Saints also beat Ridgway 66-33 on Dec. 15 in the Plateau Valley Tournament and will meet the Demons again in the regular-season finale on Feb. 23 in Ridgway for the Demons’ Parents Night.
Up next for the Demons is non-league Norwood, a team Ridgway defeated 49-42 on Nov. 30. However, Norwood was without leading-scorer Jesse Efard for that game because of injury.
Ridgway (4-11, 1-4) will play host to rival and league-leader Ouray on Friday and will be looking to avenge a 78-35 loss from Feb. 1 in which Ridgway led 7-6 early, but Ouray went on a 27-8 run to lead 33-15 at halftime. Sophomore Jake Coulter and freshman Sawyer Firkins had seven points each to lead the Demons, while senior guard Cody Geist paced Ouray with 24 points, and Robert Warren added 15.
Ouray (11-5, 5-0) has been unstoppable of late, having won seven of its last eight, including a 57-48 upset of non-league Telluride in the Miner Dome on Feb. 7. Telluride (13-2) had beaten Ouray twice this season already, and three times last year.
In the league, Ouray is first at 5-0, followed by Crested Butte (3-2), Vail Christian (2-2), the Demons (1-4), and DeBeque (1-4).