LAKEWOOD - Alameda did their best to try and knock off No. 1 but their efforts fell short in a 67-56 loss to D’Evelyn Friday at Alameda High School.
The Pirates played from behind for most of the contest but early in the fourth quarter they took the lead away from D’Evelyn. However, the Jaguars showed why they are perhaps the best team in all of 4A, outscoring Alameda 25-16 in the final quarter. They were fueled by senior Luke Stratman and his 26 points, along with sophomore Grant Witherspoon’s 20 points.
Alameda had three double digit scorers including senior Nyang Reat’s 18 points. D’Evelyn (16-1, 8-0) will play at Evergreen Friday at 7 p.m. Alameda (7-9, 3-5) will play at Arvada Friday at 7 p.m.
After a big win at Conifer two nights before Arvada fell to Evergreen 79-42 Friday at Evergreen High School.
Unable to find the same offense that generated a 75-49 victory at Conifer on Wednesday, the Bulldogs were out worked on Friday night.
After falling behind 28-10 in the first quarter Arvada was never able to get back into the game. Senior Gabe Enriquez led the Bulldogs with nine points. Arvada (2-14, 1-7) will host Alameda Friday at 7 p.m.
Arvada West used a giant first quarter to run away with a 60-38 victory over Bear Creek Friday at A-West High School. A-West got off to a 23-7 start in the first quarter and the Bears were forced to chase for the final three quarters. Sophomore Thomas Neff scored 24 points for the Bulldogs. Bear Creek has lost four straight games since a 62-37 victory at Pomona on Dec. 16. A-West (11-7, 6-5) will host Standley Lake Friday at 7 p.m. Bear Creek (2-16, 1-10) will play at Ralston Valley Friday at 7 p.m.
Golden basketball continued to roll with their 70-49 victory Friday at Conifer High School.
The Demons outscored Conifer 23-11 in the first quarter and then used strong second half defense to never let their lead slip. The victory was Golden’s six in their last seven games, as they continue to fight to improve their playoff seeding. Golden (11-6, 6-2) will play at Green Mountain Friday at 7 p.m.
Suddenly hot Wheat Ridge kept Green Mountain streaking in the wrong direction after their 54-44 victory Friday at Green Mountain High School. Wheat Ridge junior Stephan Hackethal was a man-child in first quarter scoring 13 points, en route to his game high 26 points.
Green Mountain could never recover despite 14 points front senior Steven Lorenzen.
The Rams have now dropped three straight games, while the Farmers are riding back-to-back victories. Wheat Ridge (5-12, 4-4) will host Conifer Friday at 7 p.m. Green Mountain (8-9, 3-5) will play at Golden Friday at 7 p.m.
Jefferson looks like they are peaking at the right time after a 54-40 victory over Arrupe Jesuit Friday at Jefferson High School. The Saints held Arrupe Jesuit to four first quarter points and then executed offensively in the second half to maintain their lead. Junior Jorge Padilla scored 10 points but his 11 rebounds were the x-factor for the Saints. Jefferson (9-5, 4-4), has now won four of their past five games. They will play at Lake County Friday at 7 p.m.
Lakewood overcame a double digit deficit to defeat Ralston Valley 66-65 Friday at Lakewood High School. Down 22-13 after the first quarter the Tigers played from behind for most of the contest. However, they kept fighting and came all the way back for what was perhaps their best win of the season. The loss was Ralston Valley’s second in the past three games, after winning seven of eight games. The Mustangs (10-7, 6-4) look to get back on track Friday when they host Bear Creek at 7 p.m. Lakewood (10-8, 7-4), winners of four of five games, will play at Pomona Friday at 7 p.m.
Pomona’s never-ending season continued with a 90-29 loss Friday at Chatfield High School.
Chatfield took a 50-11 lead into halftime and didn’t let off the gas in the second half. The game was a meeting between the teams with the best and worst records in 5A Jeffco. Pomona (1-17, 0-11) will look to play spoiler when they host Lakewood Friday at 7 p.m.