LITTLETON — Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler says that he’s going to have to gauge success differently this season.
Schimpeler, known for his teams’ up-tempo style of play, recognizes that the Chargers might not put as many wins in the win column this season compared to years past.
“We lost seven seniors off of last year’s team,” Schimpeler said. “A lot of those seniors were key contributors.”
While the wins may not be as frequent, Schimpeler still expects his team to put forth maximal effort. If a player doesn’t respond, expect to see him seated on the bench.
All of the Chatfield starters found that out the hard way in last Wednesday’s game against Poudre at Heritage High School. After surrendering 10 straight points to the Impalas to open the second half (the run turned a 7-point Poudre lead into 17), Schimpeler yanked his starting five in favor of his bench.
“Those were all junior varsity players,” Schimpeler said. “We’re a young team so we’re going to have mental lapses. I just wanted the players to be aware of why they were being taken out of the game.”
Though the starters returned to the floor about two minutes later, it didn’t factor into the outcome as Poudre’s Dallas Elmore scored 40 points to carry the Impalas to a 67-51 victory in the Tip-Off Classic.
Chatfield also suffered defeats to Heritage (98-77), George Washington (67-49) and Chaparral (68-64) in the tournament and were 0-5 on the season entering the week.
Despite the rough start, Schimpeler eyes potential on this club.
“We have a lot of sophomores and juniors who don’t have a lot of varsity experience,” Schimpeler said. “I think the more they play together, the better they will become. Talent-wise, I think this group has the ability to do some special things by the time they graduate.”
Junior Tyler Haidaris led the Chargers with 13 points, while sophomores Jordan Carter (10) and Kyle Slavin (9) combined for 19 points.
Perhaps nobody in the state is as talented as Elmore. The 6-foot-4 senior dominated the floor from the opening tip last Wednesday. Elmore routinely drove past the Chargers into the lane for easy layups (and several highlight-reel dunks), and when defenders did provide resistance to the hoop, Elmore had no problem pulling up and hitting long-range jumpers.
“We probably won’t play against anyone that’s better than Dallas Elmore,” Schimpeler said. “He’s a man amongst boys out there. He has all the tools you need to be a complete basketball player.”
Poudre: Dallas Elmore 18 1-1 40; Anthony Crenshaw 4 2-2 11; Anthony Rodriguez 0 2-2 2; Nathanael Crabtree 3 4-5 12; Jamie Fulgencio 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 9-10 67.
Chatfield: Jordan Carter 4 2-2 10; Kyle Slavin 4 1-2 9; Landon Vermeer 0 4-4 4; Tyler Haidaris 4 3-5 13; Andy Clements 2 4-4 8; Trent Bishop 1 1-1 3; Tommy Fritze 1 0-0 2; Taylor Rogers 0 2-2 2. Totals: 16 17-20 51.
3-pt. goals: Elmore 3; Crenshaw; Crabtree 2; Haidaris 2.