Sports, February 11th

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAMES TONIGHT

Palisade—The Glenwood Demons take on the Bulldogs tonight at Palisade High School.  The Western Slope League Champion Lady Demons play first at 6 o’clock while the boys tip off at 7:30.  Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS.   Glenwood wraps up the regular season this Friday night at home against the Rifle Bears.

NBA/NUGGETS GET THUMPED IN INDY

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – David West scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 14 as the Indiana Pacers routed the short-handed Denver Nuggets 119-80 on Monday night. Indiana snapped a five-game skid in the series, beating the Nuggets for the first time since a 31-point blowout in November 2010. The Pacers (40-11) still have the NBA’s best record, the league’s best home record (25-2) and now lead two-time defending champion Miami by four games in the Eastern Conference. Wilson Chandler scored 17 points to lead the Nuggets (24-26), who have lost three straight. They played without several injured players, including Andre Miller, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson. The Pacers took control with a 21-5 run that made it 37-20 early in the second quarter. Then they closed the half on a 14-4 spurt to make it 61-40, and the Nuggets couldn’t get closer than 19 in the second half.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL/CU WOMEN VICTORIOUS

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Jen Reese scored 18 points as Colorado topped Oregon 81-75 on Monday. Colorado scored the first seven points of the game, including a trey by Brittany Wilson, and led by as much as 15 before settling for a 41-32 halftime lead. Oregon opened the second half with a 14-4 run which erased the Colorado advantage, but the Buffaloes scored the next nine points and led 54-46 with 13:42 left. The lead hit 10 on Reese’s jumper with 11:51 to go but Oregon ran off nine unanswered – the last on Ariel Thomas’ trey – to lead 69-66 with 4:48 left. With the score tied at 73 with 1:46 left, Rachel Hargis scored inside for Colorado and it finished the game on an 8-2 run for the win. Arielle Robinson added 17 for Colorado (14-9, 4-8 Pac-12). Oregon (13-10, 4-8) was led by Chrishae Rowe’s 23, while Thomas finished with 18.

SHAUN WHITE FAILS TO MEDAL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) – In an Olympic stunner, Shaun White failed in his quest for three straight halfpipe gold medals Tuesday, falling to Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov.In fact, White didn’t even win a medal.  Podladtchikov, known as the “I-Pod,” landed the trick he invented, a 1440-degree whirling jump he nicknamed the “Yolo” jump. White tried that jump twice but flat-out fell once and couldn’t land it cleanly the second time. Podladtchikov scored a 94.75 on his second run, putting all the pressure on White, who went last and had fallen in his first try. White didn’t come through and finished fourth. The Japanese pair of Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka won silver and bronze, and the Americans were shockingly shut out of the halfpipe medals for the first time since the sport was introduced to the Olympics in 1998.