Boys Basketball: Eaglecrest falls to Cherry Creek for second time, now tied atop Centennial League


GREENWOOD VILLAGE | There’s frustrated and then there was Eaglecrest boys basketball coach John Olander Monday night.

His Raptors scored just two points in the first quarter of their rescheduled Centennial League contest at Cherry Creek, got hardly a single bounce and faced an unkind whistle from the referees all night long.

It all added up to a 52-46 Eaglecrest loss that maddened Olander, who didn’t see much go right all night. The Raptors got swept in the two-game Centennial League series by the Bruins and fell into a tie atop the league standings with Overland.

“It was one of the most frustrating games I’ve ever been a part of for a variety of reasons,” Olander said after his Raptors — ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press Colorado Class 5A media poll — slipped to 14-4 overall and 7-3 in the Centennial League.

Senior Jaisean Jackson scored a team-high 11 points, senior Blend Avdili added 10 and freshman Colbey Ross chipped in six, but Eaglecrest still lost its second straight game after falling to Arapahoe on Friday.

The loss to Cherry Creek dropped the Raptors into a first-place tie with Overland (13-6, 7-3) atop the league standings with four games remaining for both teams. The Bruins and Warriors each sit a game back at 6-4.

The Raptors managed just one basket from senior LaDerian King in the entire first quarter, after which they found themselves down 14-2 to methodical Cherry Creek (13-6, 6-4), which won the first meeting between the teams 72-61 on Jan. 10.

Jackson beat the buzzer with a long 3-pointer to end the first half with Eaglecrest trailing Cherry Creek by 12 points.

The Bruins — who outshot the Raptors 30-18 at the free throw line and were whistled for just 15 fouls while the Raptors were dinged for 26 — maintained a double-digit margin for most of the rest of the game, with the lead cresting at 17 points at 42-25 on Caesar Jones’ high-arching 3-pointer early in the third quarter.

It took until the last two minutes of the game for Eaglecrest to get its deficit into single digits. Ross’ wild bank-shot 3-pointer made it a 50-45 game with 16.5 seconds remaining, but that’s as close as the Raptors would get.

Cherry Creek’s Griffin Parr went 5-for-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on his way to a game-high 14 points, while Taylor Shepard had 12, 10 in the second half.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

CHERRY CREEK 52, (6) EAGLECREST 46

Score by quarters:

Eaglecrest          2  13  10  21 — 46

Cherry Creek   14  13  10  15 — 52

EAGLECREST (46)

Elijah Ross 2 0-0 4, LaDerian King 2 0-0 5, Marquel Murphy 0 1-2 1, Jaisean Jackson 4 2-6 11, Blend Avdili 4 2-4 10, Colbey Ross 1 3-4 6, Peter Anderson 1 0-0 3, Treyvon Williams 1 2-2 4, Nate Bokol 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 10-18 46.

CHERRY CREEK (52)

Caesar Jones 2 0-0 6, Griffin Parr 2 10-16 14, Taylor Shepard 4 2-2 12, Will Bower 2 2-5 6, Blake Goldsberry 1 3-3 6, Hayden Parr 1 2-2 4, Joel Davis 0 0-0 0, Rajon Herbert 0 2-2 2, Dylan Schneider 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 21-30 52.

3-point field goals — Eaglecrest (4): Peter Anderson, Jaisean Jackson, LaDerian King, Colbey Ross; Cherry Creek (4): Caesar Jones 2, Blake Goldsberry, Taylor Shepard. Total fouls — Eaglecrest 26, Cherry Creek 15. Fouled out — Eaglecrest: Blend Avdili, King. Technical fouls — None.

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