Hoops playoffs take break for snow

First-round, Sweet 16 games wrap up before weekend storm


First-round and Sweet 16 games were completed in the boys and girls state basketball playoffs before the snow storm halted action on March 13.

Great 8 games in Class 3A, 4A and 5A were rescheduled to March 15 with the semifinals still set for March 17 and the finals for March 19-20 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

In Class 5A boys Sweet 16 action that was held March 11, top-seeded Cherry Creek had five players score in double figures and prevailed late in the game to post an 80-75 win over Centennial League rival Smoky Hill.

Julian Hammond III led the Bruins with 17 points while Chase Penry had a double double for the second straight game with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Michael Wolf, a 6-foot senior, scored 29 points to help second-seed Regis Jesuit roll to a 79-36 win over Doherty.

Fourth-seeded ThunderRidge shot 56% from the field in an 80-55 triumph over Continental League opponent Douglas County.

Jackson Brennan scored 29 points for the Grizzlies while 6-foot-8 junior Joey Bilello had a double double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Joel Speckman led a balanced attack with 17 points as No. 5 Chaparral downed Fairview, 54-51. Rock Canyon, seeded 11th, went into overtime and toppled No. 6 Fossil Ridge 78-75 as senior Nick Fallin paced the Jaguars’ offense with 35 points. Mountain Vista, seeded eighth, lost an 80-70 decision to No. 9 Eaglecrest.

In a Class 3A Sweet 16 contest, second-seeded Lutheran raced to a 65-49 win over Gunnison.

All the higher seeded teams won in the girls Sweet 16 contests which were played March 11.

Top-seeded Valor Christian, led in scoring by Haley Huard’s 16 points, whipped Castle View 68-35.

Second-seed Regis Jesuit pounded Fruita Monument, 74-25, and No. 3 Grandview rolled to a 82-33 win over Columbine. Fourth-seeded Highlands Ranch cruised to a 59-38 win over Fountain Fort Carson.

Teja Tsangarakis scored 19 points as No. 6 Chaparral downed Mountain Vista, 59-36. Arapahoe, seeded 10th, outscored Doherty 12-1 at the free throw line and collected a 46-43 victory as Katy Edwards had 18 points for the Warriors.

In a Class 3A Sweet 16 contest, No. 4 Lutheran outscored Resurrection Christian 34-9 in the second half and posted a 69-31 win.


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