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South metro boys basketball playoff roundup for 5A, 4A


Three teams from Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon, ThunderRidge and Valor Christian, will be playing in boys Final Four semifinals games on March 10 at the Denver Coliseum.

The Jaguars, seeded fifth, will face top-seeded Eaglecrest in an 8:30 p.m. game and will attempt to earn their second win over the Raptors this season. Rock Canyon (23-3) beat Eaglecrest (22-4) 60-55 on Dec. 6.

Second-seeded ThunderRidge (24-2) will challenge third-seeded George Washington (24-2) in a 7 p.m. contest at the Coliseum. The Grizzlies own a 71-61 win over the Patriots in an earlier game played on Jan. 6.

Valor Christian, the top-seeded Class 4A team, will be trying to make it into the state finals for the second straight season when the Eagles (22-4) face No. 12 Golden (19-7) in a 4 p.m. game. Valor beat the Demons twice during the Jefferson County 4A League season.

Here's a look at the road to the Final Four:

Quarterfinal games

Rock Canyon 42, Grandview 40: Colin Rardin scored on a hook shot with 4.7 seconds remaining to pull the Jaguars into a 40-40 tie with the fifth-seeded Wolves. Sam Masten stole the ball after a Grandview inbounds pass and attempted a layup but the ball didn't fall. Nick Janedis followed and tipped the ball into the bucket. The basket counted as the buzzer sounded.

ThunderRidge 72, Chatfield 64: Kaison Hammonds scored 30 points as the Grizzlies ended a 23-game Chargers winning streak to advance to the Final Four for the eighth time in school history.

Valor Christian 60, Mead 51: Senior Jaylen Sanders scored 27 points, had nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win over No. 9 Mead. Kayle Knuckles added 16 points for the Eagles.

Sweet 16 games

Rock Canyon 59, Far Northeast 40: Masten scored 27 points, which included 21 in the second half, when the Jaguars broke open a close game and rolled to a victory.

ThunderRidge 87, Rampart 66: Senior Ryan Holt led four scorers in double figures with 21 points in the Grizzlies' triumph.

Valor Christian 74, Mesa Ridge 55: Sanders had a double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds in the Eagles' Class 4A third round victory.

Chatfield 67, Cherry Creek 59: Jalen Meeks scored a game-high 26 points in the Bruins' loss to the Chargers as Creek concluded the season with a 16-9 record.

Grandview 54, Mountain Vista 40: The Golden Eagles, averaging more than 66 points a game, were held to a season low in the loss to Grandview. The Golden Eagles wound up with a 16-9 record.

Fort Collins 77, Arapahoe 61: Jared Johnson had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Ben Timmons topped the Warriors with 16 points in the loss to the Lambkins. Arapahoe's record was 11-15 this season.

George Washington 83, Chaparral 57: Ronnie Degray III tallied 24 points for the Wolverines in the loss to the Patriots. Chaparral wound up with a 15-10 record for the 2016-17 campaign.


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