DENVER | The Eaglecrest boys basketball team didn’t need a dramatic last-second shot to get another quality victory Monday night.
The Raptors — who won a Centennial League thriller against Smoky Hill with Colbey Ross’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer three days earlier — went on to the road to a difficult place to play at Denver East and methodically pulled away in crunch time for an impressive 55-47 victory in a battle of Class 5A powers.
Ross tallied 17 points and fellow senior Ikenna Ozor contributed 11 points as Eaglecrest improved to 12-3 overall with its third win in a row against the Angels, who dropped to 10-5.
In a game that was tied at halftime and after three quarters saw the lead changed hands several times in the final period, with the Raptors going in front for good with just over two minutes remaining.
While Eaglecrest picked up its 12 win, Aurora Central picked up its first.
The Trojans had three single-digit losses — including a triple overtime loss to Greeley West and a one-point defeat against Westminster — but hadn’t been able to give new coach Rob Harrison a victory until they pulled out a 63-59 victory at Adams City.
Sophomore Michael Thompson had a monster night with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while seniors R’Ron Fisher and Larry Thomas contributed 13 points apiece in the victory. Fisher pulled down 10 rebounds and Thomas dished out eight assists as well to aid Aurora Central’s cause.
The Aurora Central girls fell into an 11-0 hole after one quarter against visiting Adams City and couldn’t overcome the slow start in a 55-28 EMAC loss.
Coach Anten Sakagawa’s Trojans — who remain looking for their first win of the season — got 18 points from senior Brandie Radilla, while sophomore Sonya Gonzales added six and senior Rosario Garcia had four.
In a highly competitive game between Aurora Public Schools Unified programs, Gateway topped Aurora Central 39-33 on its home floor.
The Olys won the first Adapted Athletics tournament at the Gold Crown Field House last week.