Boys Basketball: Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland move on to Sweet 16


By COURTNEY OAKES, Sports Editor

AURORA | The Centennial League — especially Aurora’s contingent — remains large in the Class 5A boys state basketball tournament.

Of the 16 teams that remain in contention for the 5A state title — through second round action Saturday — five of them are from the league, including four Aurora teams in Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill.

While the seventh-seeded Buffaloes were an underdog to win, which they did at No. 2 Regis Jesuit — which they did 47-46 on Unwana Ekiko’s buzzer-beating shot — the top-seeded Trailblazers, second-seeded Raptors and third-seeded Wolves each were favored and played on their respective home courts.

Overland
OVERLAND

Overland got another typical balanced effort as it dispatched ninth-seeded Boulder 62-44, with junior Ryan Swan topping his team with 12 points.

Senior T’Aren Williams added 11 and senior Khalil Jenkins, junior Austin Conway and sophomore De’Ron Davis chipped in eight points apiece for coach Danny Fisher’s Trailblazers (18-6), who play host to fourth-seeded Dakota Ridge (18-6) — a 51-37 upset winner over third-seeded Monarch — in a Sweet 16 game on Wednesday.

Defending 5A champion Eaglecrest had to withstand a major challenge from seventh-seeded Lakewood on its home floor, but coach John Olander’s team held on for a 45-44 victory.

Eaglecrest
EAGLECREST

Senior Jaisean Jackson made two free throws that stood up as the final margin and finished with a team-high 15 points for the Raptors, all of them in the second half.

Junior Peter Anderson made two 3-pointers for six points, while senior LaDerian King and freshman Colbey Ross accounted for five points apiece.

Eaglecrest (18-6) plays again on its home floor on Wednesday as it welcomes in third-seeded Chatfield (20-4), a 53-43 winner against sixth-seeded ThunderRidge.

Grandview
GRANDVIEW

Grandview also won a close contest on its home floor, as coach Gary Childress’ third-seeded Wolves outlasted sixth-seeded Arvada West 67-64.

Senior Keanu Flores shot a scorching 7-for-9 from 3-pointer range and finished with 26 points, while senior KyRon Allen added 15 and senior Devon Brown nine.

The Wolves (15-9) travel to No. 2 Highlands Ranch (17-7) on Wednesday for a Sweet 16 showdown. The Falcons hammered No. 7 Horizon 70-41 in their second round contest.

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

2014 CLASS 5A BOYS BASKETBALL 2ND ROUND PLAYOFFS

(1) OVERLAND 62, (9) BOULDER 44

Score by quarters:

Boulder      8    7  13  16 — 44

Overland  14  18  16  14 — 62

Overland points: Ryan Swan 12, T’Aren Williams 11, Austin Conway 8, De’Ron Davis 8, Khalil Jenkins 8, Tyler Stevenson 7, Jervae Robinson 5, Waleed Hamideh 2, Reggie Gibson 1

(2) EAGLECREST 45, (7) LAKEWOOD 44

Score by quarters:

Lakewood  12    6    8  18 — 44

Eaglecrest  10  10  12  13 — 45

Eaglecrest points: Jaisean Jackson 15, Peter Anderson 6, LaDerian King 5, Colbey Ross 5, Blend Avdili 4, Treyvon Williams 4, Elijah Ross 3, Darian Turner 3

(3) GRANDVIEW 67, (6) ARVADA WEST 64

Score by quarters:

Arvada West  13  15  14  22 — 64

Grandview     16  10  13  28 — 67

Grandview points: Keanu Flores 26, KyRon Allen 15, Devon Brown 9, Jarred Burr 6, Irane Sharp 4, Armani Stevenson 4, Andrew Joiner 1

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