Area teams make runs in basketball playoffs

Staff report
Posted 2/26/18

ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon and Chaparral were all No. 1 teams in the poll late in the regular season and those three teams have advanced into the Sweet 16 round of the Class 5A boys state …

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Area teams make runs in basketball playoffs


ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon and Chaparral were all No. 1 teams in the poll late in the regular season and those three teams have advanced into the Sweet 16 round of the Class 5A boys state basketball tournament.

Cherry Creek and Mountain Vista were two other south metro teams that will play in Feb. 28 boys Sweet 16 games.

Valor Christian faced Jeffco 4A rival Evergreen in a 4A Sweet 16 boys game and Ponderosa also advanced after a second-round victory.

South metro 5A girls teams that played Feb. 27 in the Sweet 16 were Highlands Ranch, Cherry Creek, Arapahoe, Castle View and Mountain Vista. Valor Christian hosted a 4A Sweet 16 contest.

Boys Great 8 games in Class 5A tournament will be held March 3 at the Denver Coliseum, with girls 5A Great 8 contests set for March 2 at the Denver Coliseum.

Class 4A Great 8 contests will be played at the site of the highest seeds.

Results of first- and second-round games involving south metro area schools are as follows.


Second round

Rock Canyon 75, Columbine 46 — The Jaguars broke open the game in the second and third quarters and coasted into the Sweet 16.

ThunderRidge 78, Greeley West 51 - Senior Justin Mccaw hit five of the team's 10 field goals from 3-point range and scored 23 points.

Chaparral 65, Mountain Range 49 - Junior Bryce Matthews scored 18 points and the Wolverines shot 58 percent from the field.

Cherry Creek 47, Highlands Ranch 40 - Dimitri Stanley scored 20 points as the Bruins earned a second-round victory, which ended the Falcons season with a 17-7 record.

Mountain Vista 78, Chatfield 68 - Senior Connor Staib had 32 points as the hot-shooting Golden Eagles made 52 percent of their field goal attempts and advanced into a Sweet 16 contest against Continental League opponent Chaparral.

Regis Jesuit 61, Douglas County 52 - The Huskies stayed close until the fourth quarter before losing and seeing their season end with a 15-10 record.

Valor Christian 72, Vista Peak Prep 58 - The Eagles were accurate, shooting 55 percent from the floor, and sophomore Roger Rosengarten led the way with 16 points.

Ponderosa 80, Roosevelt 69 — Seniors Braden Bradshaw (31) and Connor Hawk (29) combined for 60 points in the Mustangs' second round victory.

First round

Douglas County 61, Rocky Mountain 44 - The Huskies used a big third quarter to seal the win. CamRon Dunfee led the way with 17 points as Douglas County hosted its first playoff game in 10 seasons.

Cherry Creek 68, Horizon 39 — The Bruins jumped to a 27-point halftime lead and cruised to a win as freshman Chase Penry and junior Alec Pell each had 10 points.

Monarch 70, Legend 67 - The Titans saw a 13-point lead disappear in the fourth quarter in the 5A opening round setback to Monarch. Legend ended the season with a 12-12 record.

Rangeview 63, Arapahoe 52 (OT) - The Warriors were outscored 15-4 in overtime and were ousted from the 5A playoffs. Junior Lane D'Angostino scored 13 points to pace Arapahoe.

Columbine 65, Castle View 53 - The Sabercats ended the season with a 12-12 record following the first-round setback.

Mead 55, Littleton 47 - The Lions' comeback in the fourth quarter fell short in a 4A first-round loss. Senior Jason Levy scored 17 points but the team shot only 31 percent from the field and ended the season with an 8-16 ledger.

Lutheran 66, Manual 56 - The Lions captured third place in the 3A Metro District tournament with the win over the Thunderbolts and earned the 12th seed in the 3A boys state tournament. Lutheran will play LaJunta in a first-round contest on March 2.


Second round

Highlands Ranch 68, Legacy 25 - Autumn Watts scored 22 points as the Falcons scored early and often.

Cherry Creek 63, Bear Creek 12 - The Bruins led 45-2 with 3:55 left in the third quarter and romped to a second round win over the Bears.

Mountain Vista 59, Rampart 48 - Makenzie Gamble, a 5-foot-6 sophomore, scored 25 points to help the Golden Eagles gain a berth in the Sweet 16.

Arapahoe 55, Chaparral 47 (OT) - Junior Eliana Mcclarie had 15 points and sophomore Kali March 13 as the Warriors took charge in overtime.

Castle View 61, Loveland 33 — Junior Madison Hema had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Sabercats used a big second half to secure the victory.

Valor Christian 44, Standley Lake 32 — Senior Madison Altman's 16 points, two assists and three steals sparked the victory as the Eagles beat the Gators for the third time this season.

Mesa Ridge 56, Littleton 55 - The Lions saw a fourth-quarter lead disappear in the 4A loss. Rebekah Sandstrom's 19 points topped Littleton.

First round

Arapahoe 68, Arvada West 38 - Junior Eliana Mcclarie scored 18 points and the Warriors shot 55 percent from the field in an opening-round 5A win.

Littleton 42, Canon City 37 - Rebekah Sandstrom scored nine points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Lions advanced.

Rangeview 49, ThunderRidge 44 - The Raiders outscored the Grizzlies 15-5 in the third quarter and posted a 5A first-round triumph. Sophomore Hiedi Haze scored 22 points to top the Grizzlies, who ended the campaign with a 9-15 record.

Rampart 53, Rock Canyon 30 - The Jaguars trailed by 23 points heading in the fourth period and dropped a 5A first round road contest that saw their final season record dip to 6-18.

Pueblo East 48, Ponderosa 27 — The Mustangs were eliminated from the 4A playoffs and ended the season with a 9-15 record.

Kent Denver 55, SkyView Academy 31 - In the first round of the 3A Metro District playoffs, the Hawks played from behind the entire game. Junior Natalia Miller-Forrest led the way for the Hawks with nine points. SkyView Academy lost 37-34 to Bishop Machebeuf in a consolation game and ended the season with an 11-11 record.

Kent Denver 52, Lutheran 44 — The Lions lost the championship game of the 3A Metro District tournament but earned a No. 9 seed in the state tournament bracket and will play The Academy in a March 2 opening game


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