BOYS BASKETBALL: Schedule/Results 1-23-13
The most important contest of the night can be found in the 5A Jeffco where Chatfield and Columbine collide for the conference lead. Both are ranked in the top five and both are unbeaten against league rivals. Another top matchup can be found in the Centennial where first place Eaglecrest looks to hold onto their one game lead on second place Cherokee Trail. Also tonight is the rematch between Valor Christian and Rangeview.
Below is the list of games involving top ten teams and other contests important to league races. Final scores can be reported to Colorado Preps by text to either 970.380.7737 or 970.380.7738 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINAL: #3 Chatfield beat #5 Columbine 60-58
FINAL: #7 Eaglecrest beat Cherokee Trail 62-49
FINAL: #8 Arapahoe beat Mullen 82-56
FINAL: Grandview beat Overland 86-82
FINAL: Lakewood beat Dakota Ridge 68-63
It’s unusual to have two teams from the Jeffco currently sitting in the top five of Class 5A but both Chatfield and Columbine have earned that level of attention. Chatfield has won ten in a row since a narrow 69-61 loss to Arapahoe while Columbine has grabbed six straight wins after their loss to Mountain Vista. Their only other setback came against Grandview (66-59) in the second game of the season. The Rebels feature talented senior center Jonathan Snow with nearly 23 points and 11 rebounds per game. Held to single digits in scoring just once all season (Pomona), the senior also netted 27 in the loss to Mountain Vista and 22 against Grandview. He’s collected at least ten rebounds in all but three games and has recorded a double-double in five of six league games. Chatfield counters with more balance offensively that includes four double digit scorers. Michael Hampson (12.0) tops the score sheet but Andrew St. German (11.6), Brendan Mann (10.4) and Alec Wray (10.4) also get their share of shots. In the Centennial, the outcome between Eaglecrest and Cherokee Trail could impact the conference lead. Eaglecrest leads the Cougars and Grandview by one game in the league standings so if Cherokee Trial and Grandview both win tonight, all three teams will be tied in first. Eaglecrest has won six in a row and is getting a team best 14 points a game from Tre Shawn Wilford.
FINAL: Rangeview beat #1 Valor Christian 78-47
FINAL: #2 D’Evelyn beat Wheat Ridge 79-56
FINAL: #7 Denver South beat Adams City 83-53
FINAL: Evergreen beat Alameda 57-38
FINAL: Green Mountain beat Conifer 63-42
Playing as an independent, Valor Christian has had a rather busy start to the season. The Eagles (15-2) have already played 17 games so their remaining schedule is a bit sparse. After the game with Rangeview this evening, the Eagles will play just four games over the next 22 days. That will allow them to be well rested for the playoffs but they may also need to shake off some rust in the early rounds. Tonight’s battle though should be a good one as they face a Raiders team that has spent most of the season in the top ten. They dropped out this week following a 65-59 loss to Legend. It’s also the second meeting between the two and we hope the rematch is as exciting as the first where Valor scored a 82-80 decision. Chase Foster poured in a career high 40 points in the win and had support from Garrett Baggett who netted 20. The junior tandem combined for eight three pointers as well. Rangeview received 31 points from Jeremiah Page who hit 10 of 17 shots that night. The junior also added seven rebounds and five assists. D’Evelyn (12-1) and Denver South (12-3) both should post wins this evening. D’Evelyn faces a Wheat Ridge opponent that’s managed only three wins all season but two have come in conference play. A win also keeps the Jaguars alone in first inside the Jeffco. Denver South has won three in a row including wins over Thomas Jefferson and George Washington since falling to Pueblo East (57-44) on January 10th. Adams City meantime has just three wins this season but did knock off Skyview (46-37) last week to end a seven game slide.
FINAL: #5 Peyton beat Calhan 66-55
Separated by just ten miles on highway 24, this has and always will be one of the better rivalries in the state. Peyton enters the game as the favorite with a pair of one point losses to Limon and Lutheran keeping them from a perfect 9-0 start. The Panthers last week blew past both Evangelical Christian (76-35) and Miami Yoder (60-26) to bounce back from a frustrating loss at Limon the week before. Ethan Abello (18.2) is one of the most effective scorers in the state as he can shoot the three or post up down low. Jared Watkins (18.2) is an equal scoring threat giving the Panthers one of the more talented one-two punches in the classification. Calhan (5-3) ended a three game winning streak with a hard fought 64-56 loss at Simla last Saturday. They were outscored 19-9 in the second quarter and were forced to play catchup the rest of the way and a fourth quarter rally fell short. Tyler Meyers (20) led the team in scoring that night and averages 13 points a game. Jerrod Crook (12.6) is the team's second option offensively.