Boys hoops: Foster powers top-ranked Eagles
Junior Chase Foster led Valor Christian, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A boys team, to a pair of victories last week.
Foster, a 6-foot-5 junior, had 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-64 victory over Aurora Central and tossed in 23 points with 11 rebounds in the Eagles’ 65-58 triumph over Gateway.
Valor Christian entered action this week with a 12-2 record and was ranked No. 1 in the latest poll released Monday.
DENVER EAST ROMPS - Mitch Parsons, the highly-sought 6-foot-5 tight end, had his best all-round game of the basketball season in Chaparral’s 78-63 loss to top-ranked Denver East.
Parsons had six points, seven assists, one blocked shot and five rebounds in the loss that left the Wolverines with a 6-7 record.
“He’s really getting his basketball legs back. He’s moving a lot better,” said Chaparral coach Rob Johnson. “He just does little things really well. Coming off football, it’s a different speed for him.
“He’s jumping as high as I’ve ever seen him jump and he weighs 240 pounds. He’s an amazing athlete.”
Sophomore Chris Moody had 21 points and nine rebounds to pace the Wolverines which outrebounded the Angels 26-18.
“The thing you worry about with East is their ability to rebound and being physical around the rim,” said Johnson. “I thought we did as well as we’ve ever done in our matchup there.
“We were physical on the rim right with them. We played hard. Their speed kind of got us.”
WINNING STREAK – Zach Mattice’s scored 15 points and hit some clutch free throws to help Castle View defeat Thornton, 49-39, to seal the Sabercats’ fourth consecutive win. Matt Dowsey had a team-high 18 points for Castle View (5-6).
ROCKY QUARTER – Rock Canyon (5-6) was outscored 21-4 in the third quarter in a 71-48 loss to Montbello.
LEAGUE OPENERS - Continental League play begins Friday with Chaparral going to Highlands Ranch in one of the featured games.
Heritage visits Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge travels to Douglas County, Littleton plays at Legend, Regis Jesuit hosts Castle View and Rock Canyon travels to Ponderosa in the other league openers.
RANKINGS - Mountain Vista remained second in the Class 5A boys basketball poll that was released Monday and ThunderRidge was fourth. Arapahoe is No. 7.
Valor Christian remains the top-ranked Class 4A team while Denver Lutheran is third in the Class 2A poll.