The Loveland Events Center is the new location for the Class 2A boys’ state basketball tournament and eight teams converge there for the tournament. First round games take place on Thursday with semifinals on Friday and the championship round 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.
SANFORD'S CHAMPIONSHIP RUN COMES TO A CLOSE
It has been that kind of year for the Sanford Indians, they came up just short against Sedgwick County 40-38. The game started off completely opposite of what you expect in a #1/#8 matchup. Both teams traded baskets ealy but it was the Cougars who took the 23-18 into the locker room. At the half Sedgwick COunty was 6 of 6 from the charity stripe while Sanford was 3 of 6.
The second half started off with the Cougars hitting two quick 3-pointers, Sanford did take the lead late in the game but it was only one point, Sedgwick County scored their next three free throws and that was all she wrote. The Cougars finished 11 of 15 from the line. Sanford was 8 of 15.
Sedgwick County will play in the championship semifinal tomorrow night at 8:30pm. Sanford falls to the consolation semifinal tomorrow at 1:15pm. Both games are at the Budweiser Event Center.
8:30pm: #4 Akron vs #5 Highland
HUSKIES REMAIN UNBEATEN
The Highland Huskies continued their undefeated season with a 69-57 victory over Akron tonight. From the opening tip the Huskies were in control. After one Highland was up 13-4. It was an 11 point lead for the Huskies as the teams went to the locker room. The Budweiser Event Center was rocking last night as fireworks went off in the 1st half. Both team getting the penetration they needed, excpet they kept trading baskets. Akron never got the groove in the second half either.
The Huskies opened the second half on a 6-0 run. If it werent for poor free throw shooting the score could have been far worse. Highland outscored Akron 37-34 in the second half and advanced in the State Tournament. The Huskies were 16 of 29 from the charity stripe, while the Rams were 10 of 11. Leading the way for Highland was Koby Anderson who poured in 18 points. Levi Basler led the way for Akron with 21.
Highland now advances to the championship semifinal tomorrow at 8:30pm. Akron falls to the consolation semifnal at 1:15pm. Both games are at the Budweiser Event Center.
Paonia Pulls Off First Upset Of Tournament
Del Norte got out to the early lead but it was Paonia who came out on top 45-37. It was a 12-4 lead after one quarter that had Del Norte thinking they were going to run away with it but with helo from a 16-0 run to end the first half Paonia had the lead at halftime.
The Eagles came out hot in the 3rd quarter and continued thier run which was ende at 19-2. Del Norte got to within 5 early in the fourth but that was as close as they would get. Paonia just got to the free throw line to many times and as we've seen, the team who gets to the line more usually wins in the postseason. Paonia was 13 of 24 ftom the charity stripe, while Del Norte was 6 of 13. Leading Paonia in scoring was Dagan Rienks with 21. Carlos Parra led Del Norte with 12 points, 9 coming in the fourth.
Paonia will now play in the championship semifinal tomorrow at 5:30pm. Del Norte falls to the consolation semifinal at 10:15am. Both games are at the Budweiser Event Center.
DRAGONS HOLD OFF GRIZZZLIES
It is March, which means anything can happen and anything almost happened today as the Fowler Grizzlies came up just short to the Holyoke Dragons, 43-38. Holyoke looked like they were going to just blow Fowler away as they got out to the early 17-9 lead. But it was Fowler who came out hot in the 2nd quarter and outscored the Dragon 14-11. At the half it was 28-23 in favor of the Dragons.
Fowler got it to within 2 on multiple occasions in the sceond half but could never make the basket they needed to top Holyoke. Free throws spelled the end for the Grizzlies as they shot 4 of 7 (all via Alexander Proctor). The Dragons were 10 of 15. Leading the way for Holyoke was MJ Taylor who poured in 19. Alexander Proctor led the Grizzlies with 17 points, 12 of which were in the 1st half
Holyoke will now move onto the championship semifinal tomorrow at 5:30pm. Fowler will play in the consolation semfinal tomorrow at 10:15am. Both games are at the Budweiser Event Center.