Tigers fall in second round of state tournament

By: Daniel Williams
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AURORA - No. 7 Lakewood didn't have so much luck with the number seven.

The Tigers won their first round state playoff game but fell to No. 2 Cherokee Trail in the second round of the 5A Colorado State Championship Saturday at Cherokee Trail High School.

Down double digits to one of the best teams in the state, Lakewood put together a furious fourth-quarter rally and got within one basket of sending the game to overtime.

But the Tigers ran out of steam and their season came to an end.

“I am proud of the way we worked so hard and battled the entire season, I couldn't have asked for more out of our guys,” Lakewood coach Daryl Johnson said.

Lakewood (14-11, 10-6) didn't however beat No. 10 Poudre 51-44 in the first round of the tournament.

Saints set to march

After a third place finish at the Frontier League Districts, Jefferson boys' basketball is ready for the 3A state tournament.

No. 24 Jefferson will face No. 9 Sterling Friday at 8 p.m. at Bruce Randolph High School.

And while they are underdogs on Saturday, Sterling is just another step in Jefferson's remarkable season.

The Saints won just two games last season and five total games two years ago. This season Jefferson has 15 wins (15-8, 7-5) and counting.

Jefferson is led by a pair of juniors who both average 13 points per game. Dontea Deloach and Ozni Manarrez have put the Saints on their backs this season.

On the way to their third place finish at districts Jefferson won at Clear Creek 43-41 last week, and then Middle Park 60-42 Saturday in Granby.

Green with envy after loss

Green Mountain was singing the blues after they were bounced by Falcon 54-49 in the first round of the state tournament Wednesday at Falcon High School.

The Rams (12-12, 7-7) finished the season as one of the best home teams in 4A Jeffco, going 9-4 in their gym.

But as good as they were at home they were equally as bad on the road going 3-8. That is why Green Mountain might have known they were in trouble when they had to go on the road at Falcon.

However, the future is shinny for the Rams, as they will return seven juniors and a freshman who all received quality varsity experience this season.