4A BOYS GAMES TO WATCH

The second week of boys’ basketball in January brings with it a good schedule of contests. Conference schedules are underway and the division shapes up to feature several good races.

Ralston Valley – Golden
5A Ralston Valley (8-1) overwhelmed Golden (6-3) in a 73-57 win. Golden’s star, freshman Alan Acevedo, exited with a left leg injury in the third quarter, per Ryan Wesley of Prep Hoops, and the Mustangs ran away with the game after that.
Golden will face Littleton on Thursday and Ralston Valley will travel to Legend, also on Thursday.

#2 Mead @ Windsor
Windsor @ Frederick
Skyline @ #2 Mead
Frederick @ Skyline
There are 4 Tri-Valley games in the Top 10 so we are grouping these together and take a look at the stats from each team as well as how they’ve done so far this winter and their matchups this week.
Mead (6-1, 1-0)
Best Wins: Longmont, Greeley West
Losses: Palmer
The Mavs only loss came in the season opener to 5A Palmer in what is best described as a track meet – the final was 94-91 in overtime. Mead had five players in double digits but only had seven who scored. Both teams hit over 10 threes apiece in the contest.
Since then, they’ve shown the ability to win shootouts or lower scoring defensive battles. Mead dropped 101 on Greeley West but only scored 51 in an impressive road win over Longmont, and hasn’t been significantly challenged since the Longmont game.
Notable stats
74.9 PPG, 46% FG as a team
Elijah Knudsen (So) 14.7 PPG, 45% 3PT
Nick Jacobs (Sr) 13.4 PPG, 6 BLK
Will Maher (Sr) 12.6 PPG, 52% 3PT, 5.6 APG,
Trey Ward (Sr) 12.0 PPG, 70% FT, 17 STL
JP Shiers (So) 8.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 6 BLK

Windsor (4-3, 1-0)

Best wins:  Skyline, Fort Collins

Losses:  Fossil Ridge, Pueblo West

Notable stats
53.9 PPG, 44% FG
Ben Hageman (Jr) 17.7 PPG, 87% FT, 7.2 RPG
Lance McGinnis (Sr) 13.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 12 STL
Jaden Kennis (Jr) 7.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3 BLK

Skyline (5-2, 0-1)
Best wins: Niwot, Silver Creek
Losses: Mountain Range, Windsor
Notable Stats
53.6 PPG, 49% FG
Austin Robison (Sr) 16.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG
Gage Robertson (Sr) 12 PPG, 37% 3PT
Adrian Compian (Jr) 10.7 PPG, 15 STL

Frederick (6-1, 1-0)
Best Wins:  Littleton, Holy Family
Loss:  Colorado Academy
Notable Stats
Joe Cartelli (Sr) 18.6 PPG, 38% 3PT
Jake Green (Sr) 12.3 PPG, 16 STL
Davis Richard (Sr) 11.7 PPG, 77% FT, 5.4 RPG
Izaiah Elize (Jr) 9.4 PPG, 5 BLK

#6 Lewis-Palmer – Pueblo East
#6 Lewis-Palmer – 5A #11 Chaparral
Like the Tri-Valley games, we preview Lewis-Palmer’s top 10 games together.

Lewis Palmer
Best Wins:  Centaurus, Doherty, Golden
Losses:  Liberty, Vista Peak
Notable stats
Eddie Speller Jr. (Jr) 12.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 10 BLK
Colin Westfall (Jr) 11.7 PPG, 40% 3PT, 4.3 APG
Cameron Lowe (So) 11.6 PPG, 93% FT, 53% 3PT

Pueblo East (5-4)
Best Wins:  Sierra, Ponderosa
Losses:  Air Academy, #1 Cheyenne Mountain
Notable Stats:  70.3 PPG, 45 % FG

Darnell Kindred (Sr) 19.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG
Jaxson Herring (Jr) 15.0 PPG, 83% FT
Kyle Miller (Jr) 13.8 PPG, 35% 3PT

Chaparral (5-4)
Best Wins:  Cherry Creek, ThunderRidge
Losses:  Smoky Hill, Fairview
Notable Stats:  65.5 PPG, 46% FG
Kobe Sanders (Sr) 18.4 PPG, 4.6 APG
Jeremiah Coleman (So) 11.4 PPG, 14 STL
Aaron Jacob (Jr) 10.9 PPG, 39% 3PT


Grayson Blalock

Grayson Blalock

Grayson Blalock is a senior at Erie High School and plays to major in journalism at either the University of Oklahoma or Missouri next Fall. He's the editor-in-chief of the Erie Tiger Times and live broadcast director of Erie Tiger Media.

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