AURORA | The Centennial League is nearing the end of the first of two rounds and Wednesday’s results only further served to muddy the standings.
Three Aurora boys basketball teams own a share of first place in the league standings in light of Eaglecrest’s decisive 69-32 home victory over Cherry Creek, which had come into the game in sole possession of the top spot.
Coach John Olander’s Raptors shared the ball and found success both inside and outside in the opening half as they built an 18-point lead by halftime against the Bruins, then avoided the pitfalls that saw a big lead slip away against Grandview in their previous game on their way to a 37-point win. (Full Aurora prep sports scoreboard for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, here)
Senior Colbey Ross scored 16 points, senior Ikenna Ozor added 14 and senior Joshua Walton contributed 10 in a strong team effort for Eaglecrest (10-3 overall, 4-1 in the Centennial League), which pays a visit to Cherry Creek (12-2, 4-1) on Feb. 10.
Grandview also improved to 4-1 in league play with a gritty 63-59 road victory at Overland, where coach Michael Rogers’ team won last season as well.
The Wolves (13-1) turned a six-point deficit after one quarter into a 10-point lead at halftime with a 26-point second quarter and then held off the Trailblazers’ late charge. Overland (5-9, 1-4) had a chance to tie it inside of the final minute, but junior Goy Wang’s jumper wouldn’t fall and the Wolves made enough free throws to hold on.
Senior Lechaun Duhart scored a game-high 21 points for Grandview — which shot just 13-for-26 from the free throw line — while senior Gaige Prim added 13 and sophomore Dayne Prim contributed 12. Junior Daijon Smith scored 20 points and junior Tucson Redding chipped in 12 for coach Danny Fisher’s Overland team, which pays a visit to Grandview Feb. 11.
Smoky Hill lost by 24 points in its visit to Arapahoe last season, but coach Anthony Hardin’s group posted a 15-point victory this time on the Warriors’ home floor.
The Buffaloes (11-3, 4-1) edged out to a three-point lead after one quarter and got it to double figures by halftime, then held Arapahoe (7-7, 2-3) at bay.
Sophomore Kenny Foster tallied 21 points, junior John Harge added 11 and freshman Quinten Rock joined them in double figures with 10 for Smoky Hill, which plays host to the Warriors on Feb. 10.
Cherokee Trail was also victorious, as coach Morgan Gregory’s Cougars doubled up visiting Mullen by a 56-28 count.
Junior Deon Barfield scored 13 points, junior Tyson Rodgers added 12 and senior Tyrone Patterson contributed 11 as Cherokee Trail got its first Centennial League win of the season and improved to 7-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.
The Cougars visit the Mustangs (7-6, 0-5) on Feb. 10.
In non-league boys basketball, Rangeview stretched its winning streak to two games with a 67-53 road victory at Broomfield.
Senior Matthew Johnson led coach Shawn Palmer’s Raiders (7-6) with 19 points, while junior Ryan Ongala went for 15 and senior Donyvan Jackson had 14.
Hinkley (1-9) fell 56-36 at Thomas Jefferson.
The Centennial League girls basketball standings are a bit clearer, as Grandview and Cherry Creek — who will play each other on Jan. 21 — both have risen above the pack.
Coach Josh Ulitzky’s Wolves (12-1, 5-0)) wasted little time in getting out in front in their visit to Overland with an 11-point edge after one quarter and 30-point advantage at halftime on their way to a 76-27 victory.
Junior Lyric Thompson scored 16 points for the Trailblazers, who head to visit senior Michaela Onyenwere and Co. at Grandview for the rematch on Feb. 10.
Cherry Creek, meanwhile, posted a 58-29 victory at Eaglecrest, with the next meeting scheduled to take play on the Bruins’ home floor Feb. 10. The Raptors sit 6-8 overall and 0-5 in league play.
Cherokee Trail dropped a 60-42 decision at Mullen in a matchup of teams battling it out in the middle of the league standings. The Cougars (5-7, 2-3) get the home contest Feb. 9.
Smoky Hill (0-14, 0-5) fell 90-28 to Arapahoe on its home floor and come calling on the Warriors Feb. 11.
The Hinkley girls swim team returned from a trip to Pueblo for the Hornet Invite and turned around to face Northglenn in an EMAC dual meet at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center.
The Norse swept all 14 events on their way to a 150-56 win over coach Beth Himes’ Thunderbirds, who got a pair of second place finishes from sophomore Emely Canales (100 yard breaststroke & 200 yard freestyle).