The Centaurus boys basketball team were one of four local Class 4A squads to have spent a decent amount of time recovering from a rough-and-tumble regular season, earning a first-round bye in the state tournament and thus getting several days to prepare mentally for the challenges ahead.
The first challenge for the Warriors was an Eagle Valley team that had scored an upset of their own in the opening round, on the road, after a long bus trip. However, Centaurus showed it was determined to join fellow local schools Mead, Holy Family and Longmont as squads who took advantage of their off days, scoring a 63-45 win over Eagle Valley on Saturday night.
Nick Vaver hit five 3-pointers as part of 17 points, and Owen Koonce once again had an efficient evening shooting 9-for-13 from the floor and scoring 23 points for Centaurus. Nate Total added 10 points, and Quinn Rubin’s eight assists were instrumental in getting the Warriors in great scoring position throughout the night.
Centaurus will go on Wednesday to host Thomas Jefferson in the Sweet 16. The Spartans pulled off the seed upset Saturday night by ousting Wheat Ridge, giving CHS another chance to play on its new home court.
Dawson School advances to 2A tournament
For the first time in 19 years, the Dawson Mustangs can call themselves district champions, but even more things are possible with a potential high seed in the Class 2A tournament the team likely earned with a 34-30 win over Heritage Christian at Frederick High School.
Kaitlyn Day scored 12 points, Madison Day and Maddy Timms added six apiece, and Dawson locked down on defense to keep Heritage Christian a full 20 points under its season scoring average.
Dawson trailed by eight early, but after taking a 20-18 lead with 3:39 to go in the third quarter never trailed again. The discipline on defense showed in allowing HCHS just five free throw attempts for the game.
The 32-team 2A tournament starts Friday.
Shining Mountain wins 1A district 8
Shining Mountain is moving on to the Class 1A regional round after completing a run through districts as a top seed out of the 5280 League. On Saturday at Legacy High School in Broomfield, the Lions fended off Belleview Christian 33-28 to claim a district championship, which should favor them when the brackets are set early next week.
Frances Hilliard hit three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, while Olivia Jabari added 10 points to help pace the SMWS offense. Sophia Matarrese tallied 11 rebounds, most of those coming on the offensive end to provide her team with second chances.
Boulder falls in 5A second round
After handling business at home against George Washington on Wednesday night, the Boulder boys traveled to a tough venue against a perennial powerhouse that is the Grandview Wolves on Saturday.
Grandview pulled ahead early and led by just eight points at the half, but a third quarter in which GHS outscored BHS 18-6 put the Panthers in an unfavorable situation they could not battle back from.
Miller Davison and Drake Arthur paced Boulder with nine and eight points, respectively, and Davison was credited with three rebounds, a blocked shot and two charges taken.
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Class 4A second round
Centaurus 63, Eagle Valley 45
At Centaurus HS
Sugianto 1 0-0 2, Rubin 1 0-0 2, Godard 2 0-0 6, Vaver 6 0-1 17, Koonce 9 4-6 23, Lynch 0 2-2 2, Totel 4 2-4 10. Totals 23 8-13 62.
3-point field goals — Centaurus (8): Vaver 5, Godard 2, Koonce.
Class 2A District 4 Championship
Dawson School, Heritage Christian
At Frederick HS
K. Day 4 2-2 12, M. Day 2 2-4 6, Dunbar 1 0-0 2, Gallop 2 0-3 4, Gilio 2 0-1 4, Timms 2 2-2 6, Walker 0 0-0 0. Totals.
Score by quarters:
Dawson School491110—34Heritage Christian12279—30
3-point field goals — Dawson School (2): K. Day 2.
Class 1A District 8 championship
Shining Mountain 33, Belleview Christian 28
At Legacy HS
Shore 0 0-0 0, Hilliard 6 1-5 16, Jabari 4 2-4 10, Zeender 0 0-0 0, Matarrese 2 1-3 5, Lovejoy 0 0-0 0, Conaway 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 4-12 33.
Score by quarters:
Belleview Christian52138—28Shining Mountain2101110—33
3-point field goals — Shining Mountain (3): Hilliard 3.