Golden downs D’Evelyn in tourney they co-host

Are the Demons the new class of 4A Jeffco?

Dan Williams
Golden’s Rory MacCallum is proving to be a very big and very strong rebounder this season. Blodgett helped his teammates beat D’Evelyn on Saturday.

GOLDEN – There may have been a passing of the torch in 4A Jeffco boys’ basketball.

In front of a raucous home crowd Golden beat D’Evelyn 77-67 Saturday in the championship game of the sixth annual D’Evelyn/Golden Preview Classic Tournament, a three-day tournament the two schools co-host.

The Demons size was a literally a big problem for the defending 4A Jeffco champs all night who fell down early and were forced to play catch up.

Keeping the Jaguars in a hole was Golden junior Cole Greff, who was spectacular on Saturday night recording 24 points and six rebounds.

Greff played three solid games over the tournament earning him tournament MVP.

Junior Ryan Thistlewood and sophomore Ryan Blodgett both scored 16 each in the victory.

“If we can use our size to our advantage I think we will have a chance to be right there with D’Evelyn at the end of the season,” Golden coach John Anderson said.

But while the win was definitely a big one and a tone-setter for the Demons moving forward, the win will not count as a league win. So if Golden wants to take the Jaguars’ league title, they will have to beat them at least one more time once league play rolls around.

Also, D’Evelyn certainly didn’t play their best team game. Senior big man Ty McGee went nuts, scoring 40 points. However, the next leading scorer for D’Evelyn was junior Grant Witherspoon who produced five points.

“We just didn’t play our best game and it took us too long to finally get it going,” McGee said.

“We are a different team this year and it is going to take some time for us to gel and put it all together,” D’Evelyn coach Troy Pachner said.

D’Evelyn actually outscored Golden over the game’s final three quarters but the Demons 19-6 first quarter lead was too much to overcome.

Perhaps the Jaguars had tired legs early in the action because of a hard fought 74-63 victory over Pueblo Central the night before. D’Evelyn also beat Centaurus 73-48 on Thursday night.

Golden beat Elizabeth 80-70 to advance to the championship and Niwot 72-59 on Thursday.

Golden (3-0) will participate in the Steamboat Springs Tourney at Moffat County High School starting Thursday.

D’Evelyn (2-1) will participate in the Ralston Valley Roundup Tournament starting this week.

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