When the offense didn't work the way he liked in the first half, Glenwood Springs coach Greg Hire didn't panic.
"We didn't execute well in the first half so we changed it up," Hire said. "We have five or six offenses so we went to a different one in the second half."
The new offense led to a 17-4 run (including a dunk from senior Kevin Warkentin) at the beginning of the second half for the Demons to break open a 30-30 game at half to a 47-34 lead. The Demons went
on to win 66-49 in the two team's Western Slope League opener.
The first half looked like the game was going to be back-and-forth and the last team with the ball would win. In the second half, while the Demons kept their scoring up, the Bulldogs went cold.
"We need to hit our shots to stay with Glenwood," sophomore Mike Peters said. "In the second half we didn't keep up the intensity or hit our shots."
Peters was the main one hitting shots for the Bulldogs in the first half. He hit four, 3 pointers and scored a season-high 14 points in the first half. He finished the game high with 18 points, but his scoring in the second half was directly related to the Bulldogs' woes.
"We didn't play 32 minutes of basketball," Peters said. "We have to do that to compete in the league."
Junior Eli Buckner added 16 points for the Bulldogs.
Hire hopes his team's bench plays the way it did Friday night for the rest of the league season. The Demons had nine guys score, with 30 of the team's points coming from the bench.
"We have been well-balanced," he said. "But tonight was even better from some of our guys."
Senior Tucker Riley was the epitome of the positive aspects from the Demons' bench. He didn't play in the first half, but came in for the second half and scored eight points in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Dakota Stonehouse led the Demons with 13 points and senior Cody Nelson had 12 points.
The Demons improved to 7-3, and the Bulldogs dropped to 2-6.