CENTENNIAL – Arapahoe boys basketball coach Dan Snyder had plenty to say after Wednesday night’s 86-47 romp over Castle View in a first round Class 5A playoff game.
The Warriors lacked energy early in the game, and came out of the half sluggish, but a 21-2 run in the second quarter was enough for Arapahoe to notch an easy win and advance to play Columbine Saturday.
“We had more to talk about that you would normally talk about after a game we won by 37 points,” said Snyder. “We didn’t start off well and we had a lull in the third quarter. That gave us plenty of talk about.
“We were a little up and down and we understand that if we do that on Saturday, we’ll lose. We’re going to have to play more consistently.”
Upstart Castle View, which ended the season with a 7-17 record, pulled into a 21-21 tie with 5:39 remaining before halftime on a basket by Jakub Adamkovic.
Arapahoe outscored the Sabercats 21-2 to end the quarter to ignite the rout.
Evan Walsh, a 6-foot-5 senior, sparked the Warriors surge and he scored 13 of his 15 points in the second quarter.
“He hit three 3-pointers and two 2s and that was huge,” said Snyder.
Arapahoe managed only four points in the first 3:14 of the third quarter but it didn’t matter since any player that Snyder inserted into the lineup contributed.
Matt Glasscock and Brendan Till each had 13 points to support Walsh in the Warriors balanced attack.
“We have to do a better job energy wise,” Snyder said. “Our defense helped create some offense. Plus we were pretty balanced. Everybody that played scored at least five points. And Mitch (Albyn) who is one of leading scorers had only five points.”
Arapahoe, last season’s Class 5A runners-up, will take a 17-7 record to Columbine for Saturday’s second round game.
“In general we feel pretty good,” Snyder said. “We could have played a little better tonight, we are certainly happy with the outcome and certainly happy with the score. Columbine was here watching and maybe they are a little bit overconfident.
“They will give us all we want. They are real good.”
Castle View coach Tory Mansfield walked out of the Arapahoe gym knowing his team has the potential to be good next season.
“We played great tonight,” said Mansfield. “We played a phonetic pace. That kept us in for a while. They’re (the Warriors) a great team.
“We definitely took some steps this season. We’ve got everybody back. These kids would be ready to start tomorrow if we had a practice. They are pumped up. They know how good we can be next year.”
Parker Lewis, a 6-6 junior, led the Sabercats Wednesday night with 15 points.