BOULDER — Buff fans might want to clear their Saturday evening schedule. The Class 4A state championship will be a glimpse into University of Colorado mens basketball team’s future.
The matchup of top-seeds Lewis-Palmer and Sierra not only brings a heated Colorado Springs rivalry to the Coors Event Center. The 6 p.m., title game also features two of the Buffaloes’ biggest instate recruits.
Lewis-Palmer’s Josh Scott and Sierra’s Wesley Gordon should produce a Goliath verse Goliath battle all night on the inside. A scrap the post players cannot wait to get going.
This holds particularly true for Gordon, whose Stallions only loss on the season was to Lewis-Palmer.
“This feels really good because we want another shot at them,” Sierra’s 6-foot-8 post said. “Usually you don’t get two shots at a team, especially one that beat you.”
The future Buffaloes already have proved they are in prime form for the title match.
Gordon had a huge second half to push Sierra (26-1) past top-seed Broomfield in Thursday’s Final Four. The post finished the night with a double-double, recording a game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds in his team’s 66-43 win. The senior also proved his prowess on defense, swatting eight shots.
Scott was no less deft on the inside, leading the Rangers (26-1) to a 70-59 win over Valor Christian. The 6-foot-10 center finished the night with a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double in what was a touch-and-go-game until late.
Scott, who was his team’s second-leading scorer behind Justin Smith’s 26 points, however, was the first to point out the Rangers’ advantage is not just him.
“The difference (this season) has been that most people think that it’s just me and Jordan (Scott). But we’ve had a multitude of different people step up — with rebounds and even with scoring.” Josh Scott said. “In years past, that probably would have been a downfall if I wasn’t scoring. I can’t say enough about our team. They’re the real deal.”
Both teams have their motivations for the championship. Sierra is hunting its third title in four years, while Lewis-Palmer aims to knock down a state championship after being denied a finals berth the past three years with semifinals losses.
Sparks that are certain to fly between the teams, the future teammates fighting their final rivalry against each other and aptness of the venue are not lost on either squad. Sierra’s big man perhaps summed it up best with his understatement.
“This is special,” Gordon said.