CLASS 3A BOYS STATE QUARTERFINAL RECAPS

By: Ian Silvester
March 08, 2017

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Hamilton Gymnasium on the campus of DU is the site for the Class 3A boys’ basketball tournament this weekend.  Quarterfinals open Thursday followed by the semifinals on Friday and state championship matchups on Saturday.  Colorado Preps will provide complete coverage of all games through score updates and game recaps.

To track scores, please click here for our boys’ basketball scoreboard and game recaps are available below.

 

Kent Denver Survives Scare

Basalt did not waste their first 3A tournament bid since the 1980's - nearly upsetting top-seeded Kent Denver.  However, Kent Denver was able to hold on to a two-point victory, behind Colby Gold's 20 points, 56-54.  Michael Glen was held in check during the 4th, but Kent Denver could not stop him from scoring a game-high 31 points in his final game for Basalt.

The teams were neck-and-neck through the first half, with a halftime score of 27.  In the 3rd, Basalt pulled away with their largest lead of 10 coming off a buzzer beater by Glen, his 12th of the quarter.  Heading into the 4th, Kent Denver faced an uphill battle, but responded with a three-point basket by Rory Buck a minute to bring the Sun Devils within seven of Basalt.  Kent Denver used this as a rally point and did not look back for the rest of the game.

The final 30 seconds of the game proved to be some of the most exciting the entire day.  Basalt had only made four points in the 4th at this point, but missed free throws and some baskets by Glen on the other end had Basalt behind 53-52 with six seconds remaining.  With four seconds remaining, Benan Ersek was sent to the line and made a crucial 1 of 2 to give the Sun Devils a 56-54 lead.  The desperation heave could not be handled by Basalt and the Longhorns fell by the same score.  Kent Denver advances to play Faith Christian at 5:30 p.m.

 

Faith Christian Advances Easily

Faith Christian continues with another big win and moves on, facing the winner of tonight's Kent Denver/Basalt game tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 p.m.  Faith Christian defeated Alamosa by 17, with a final score of 76-59.  The Eagles drop 36 points in the 4th - mainly off free throws - with two players scoring 10 or more.

Jonah Gardner ends the day with a game-high 35 points for Faith Christian.  Benjamin Hawkins finishes with 14 for the Eagles as well.  The combination of the two overpowered the Mean Moose who never looked the same after Ryan Brubacher went down early in the 1st with a knee injury.

Brubacher's injury limited him to just one half of play as he returned to the court after halftime, but his 13 points was a little too late for Alamosa.  Noah Romero hits a team-high, 14 points for Alamosa, but the Mean Moose could never get the lead under 12 - the largest lead coming at the end of 17.  Not the finish Alamosa hoped for after making it to the title game last year, but the finish Faith Christian needed to keep their titile chances alive.

 

Sterling Too Much for Manitou Springs

Despite his best efforts, Lucas Rodholm and the Manitou Springs Mustangs could not build on his game-high 28 points to advance.  The Sterling Tigers were led by Carter Keil who scored 17 and Bodie Hume with 14, as the Tigers win 58-50.

Sterling's largest lead was 12 and came off a brilliant steal and layin by Keil who was a terror on the court for the Mustangs.  The paint proved to be the biggest weakness for Manitou Springs as Sterling consistently picked them apart inside.  The 4th quarter began with a beautiful dish by Austin Bornhoft to Christian Rose to give the Tigers the then largest lead of 11, before Manitou's Rodholm kept pushing his team to within eight.

Rodholm nearly tripled the score of his teammates in the 2nd half as he was the only spark, especially after losing Cole Sienknecht to fouls with 4:18 remaining.  Sterling averaged 14.5 per quarter as they dismantled a potent Mustang offense.  Sterling moves on and will play Colorado Springs Christian at 8:30 tomorrow night - winner moves on to the 3A state final.

 

Colorado Springs Christian Battles Back and Moves On

In a thrilling 57-53 victory for Colorado Springs Christian, the Lions overcome a fast-paced Denver Science (DSST) to advance and play the winner of the Manitou Springs/Sterling game tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.  The Knights of DSST looked to prove a point as they opened the game with 24 points, capped off by a buzzer beating halfcourt shot by Andray Thomas Jr.  The Lions were held to just 13, and gave the Knights their biggest lead of the night.

Colorado Springs Christian methodically battled back and set the pace the rest of the game.  The 2nd quarter ended with a buzzer beating three of there own by Noah Hopkins to cut the DSST lead to 32-27.  Justin Engesser, Noah Hopkins, and Zach Wismer could not be stopped by DSST who never looked the same after the 1st.  The trio scored 24 points on either end of the break, three more than the Knights 21.

The comeback could be what Colorado Springs Christian needs to overcome their next opponent and advance to the finals Saturday.  For the Knights of Denver Science, the effort and hustle was there, but not being able to finish ended their bid for a state title this year.

 

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