Lutheran Tops Buena Vista

Rocky Mountain News

*Reposting some of my clips from life as a sports reporter as I find them. These are exactly as they appeared in print/online minus photos. 

Printed in the Rocky Mountain News – December 11, 1994

16-2 run at start of game helps Light shoot down No. 1-ranked Demons

By Tiffany Trott
Special to the Rocky Mountain News

Ninth-ranked Lutheran went on a 16-2 run in the opening 3 minutes and coasted to a 78-59 upset of top-ranked Buena Vista in a battle of Class 3A powers Saturday night at Lutheran High School.

The Lights came out with an aggressive defense that stymied Buena Vista’s passing game and shut down the lane, causing numerous Demons turnovers.

Lutheran coach Loren Otte said he was a little surprised at his team’s defensive effort.

“I knew offensively we would do well, but we came out solid on defense and shut them down,” Otte said. “We got excellent play off our bench early on and that helped us.”

Simon Martinez, just back from a knee injury, came off the bench to give Lutheran an outside threat. He hit three three-pointers and finished with 14 points.

“Our team came in ready to win,” Martinez said. “We played aggressive on defense and focused on offense and did what we had to.”

Point guard Carlos Martinez led Lutheran scorers with 17 points, including four three-pointers and 14 points.

Lutheran did a good job of containing the Demons Coby Vidakovich, holding him to 14 points.

Buena Vista coach Robert Crowther said his team has had some easy games and knew it could expect a fight from Lutheran.

“This is what we needed to bring us down to earth,” Crowther said. “I think if you erase the first 3 minutes we can play with (Lutheran). I don’t feel that we were ready at the start of the game to play the physical game we could here.”

Lutheran started its first-period run with a 12-foot jumper by Carlos Martinez. Chris Fields followed with two baskets, and Marty Senechal hit two more.

The Demons finally responded with 3:02 left in the first period when Jake Jeschke hit two short jumpers.

Buena Vista came out in the second half looking to erase a 12-point deficit and pulled within four, but that was as close as the Demons could get.

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