Boys hoops: Grizzlies gear up for home stretch


Joe Marucci is a senior guard for the ThunderRidge boys basketball team.

However, he sounded an awful lot like a coach when discussing what’s on tap for the fourth-ranked Grizzlies.

“We’ve got a stretch of four games coming up that are bears,” said Marucci. “We’re just looking one game at a time.”

ThunderRidge (13-4) was tied with second-ranked Mountain Vista with 5-0 records atop of the Continental League standings prior to Tuesday night’s games.

The Grizzlies took a six game winning streak into the opening game of their tough stretch Tuesday night with a game at Heritage against the suddenly formidable Eagles.

On Friday night the biggest game so far this season in the Continental campaign will take place when ThunderRidge visits unbeaten and second-ranked Mountain Vista. The following week Chaparral and Regis Jesuit play in the Grizzly Den at ThunderRidge.

Mountain Vista (16-0) played at Ponderosa Tuesday night.

Ponderosa, Highlands Ranch, Legend and Heritage were tied, two games behind the leaders, with 3-2 league records prior to Tuesday night’s games.

The following is a wrap up on last week’s action.

CHAPARRAL - The Wolverines lost to Heritage, 67-61, but came back with a big second half against Ponderosa to collect a 66-48 win.

Jake Holtzmann scored 16 points against Heritage and the 6-foot-5 sophomore tossed in 20 points in the game against Ponderosa that saw the Wolverines (8-9) outscore the Mustangs 45-27 in the second half.

LEGEND - Taylor Jenson had 16 points in a 59-39 win over Rock Canyon but the Titans (12-4) came up short after trailing by only two points heading into the fourth quarter in a 72-61 loss to Regis.

Jenson and Jonathon Cosmann each contributed 11 points against the Raiders.

CASTLE VIEW - Zach Mattice scored 16 points but the Sabercats had only 31 field goal attempts in the setback to Highlands Ranch. Castle View made 19 field goals.

Castle View (5-12) dropped its sixth consecutive game in a 66-63 loss to Heritage.

PONDEROSA - The Mustangs (10-7) edged Douglas County, 58-52, before losing to Chaparral.

LUTHERAN - James Willis was 9-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the Lions’ 68-51 Metropolitan League win over Peak To Peak.

Lutheran lost a close 45-43 league decision at Faith Christian.

VALOR CHRISTIAN - The Eagles, last week’s third ranked Class 4A team, grabbed a 20-13 lead but unbeaten No. 4 San Creek pulled away for a 76-61 win.

Chase Foster scored 17 points and Garrett Baggett had 14 points for Valor (15-4).


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