Balanced attack leads Warriors past Eagles
LITTLETON - Thomas Trotman knew that with Taven Sparks sidelined with a concussion, he’d see more playing time at point guard for the Arapahoe Warriors.
The senior did a good job of putting his teammates in position to score, as five players reached double figures for Arapahoe, which won the Class 5A nonleague game at a jam-packed Heritage High School gymnasium 88-46 on Nov. 30.
“That’s what I like to do as a point guard is getting everyone the ball where they like it,” said Trotman, who finished with six points. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can shoot the basketball.”
The Warriors (2-0) turned this one into a route early. They ripped off 25 unanswered points between the first and second quarters, and in that second quarter, they held the Eagles to zero field goals and just two points, as the Warriors went into halftime with a 34-8 lead.
“Coach (Dan Snyder) preaches defense,” Trotman said. “We all know our assignments and what we have to do. It’s something we take a lot of pride in.”
Heritage ripped off an 11-0 run in the third quarter to crawl within 18 at 37-19, but then later allowed Arapahoe to score the final 11 points of the quarter as the Warriors led 57-28 after three.
Three-pointers by Ethan Brunhofer and Trotman on consecutive possessions to open the fourth quarter pushed the lead to 63-28, and it steadily grew throughout the game’s final eight minutes.
In all, Arapahoe knocked down 11 shots from behind the 3-point arc. Evan Walsh led the team with 17 points, which Corbin Atwell (15), Mitch Albyn (11) and Matt Glasscock (10) also reached double figures in scoring.
“I think we have a team that can make a lot of noise,” Trotman said of an Arapahoe squad that lost the 5A state championship in overtime a year ago, but return just one starter from that team. “We have six guys back from last year’s team. Not everyone started, but we have a lot of experience and know what it takes to be successful.”
Alex Buechler scored 18 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Arapahoe’s girls basketball team to a 70-33 Class 5A nonleague victory over Heritage on Nov. 30.
The Warriors (2-0) opened the game on a 14-0 run and never looked back. A 13-0 run in the second quarter saw them push the lead to 25.
Buechler knocked down three of her five 3-pointers in the second half for Arapahoe. Carly Buechler and Stacie Lukasiewicz scored 10 points apiece for the Warriors, who defeated Littleton 63-27 to open their season on Nov. 28.