Boys Basketball: Continental slips past Centennial in second annual Challenge tournament

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Overland guard Jervae Robinson, center, dishes the ball to a teammate after getting into the lane during a game at the 2015 Continental vs. Centennial Challenge boys summer basketball tournament on June 18, 2015, at Heritage High School in Littleton. Robinson made the eight-player all-tournament team for the defending Class 5A state champion Trailblazers, who finished 3-3 at the three-day tournament. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Overland guard Jervae Robinson, center, dishes the ball to a teammate after getting into the lane during a game at the 2015 Continental vs. Centennial Challenge boys summer basketball tournament on June 18, 2015, at Heritage High School in Littleton. Robinson made the eight-player all-tournament team for the defending Class 5A state champion Trailblazers, who finished 3-3 at the three-day tournament. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

LITTLETON | The Continental League earned bragging rights for the second straight season in the Continental vs. Centennial Challenge boys basketball tournament, but only by the slightest of margins.

With both leagues playing with a substitute team for this tournament only — Rangeview of the EMAC on the Centennial side and Jeffco’s Lakewood on the Continental side — the Continental prevailed by just one game after the three-day summer tournament hosted by Heritage High School.

Led by Aurora’s Regis Jesuit at 6-0, the same mark posted by Class 5A runner-up ThunderRidge, the Continental League finished with a 25-23 overall record, while the Centennial League came in at 24-24.

“There’s really quality basketball here and this is just good reps for some young guys who could earn a roster spot at the varsity level,” said coach Danny Fisher of defending Class 5A state champion Overland, which finished 3-3.

“I just think it’s really good for reps. Sometimes we’re going to have a good group, sometimes we’re not going to have a good group, that’s just the nature of the summer,” he added.

The Trailblazers, who had star center De’Ron Davis for the first and last day of the tournament, suffered 63-29 loss to ThunderRidge June 18 in a rematch of last season’s 5A state championship game.

Overland played the fully-loaded Grizzlies without three regulars in that game, however, as Davis, Alijah Halliburton and Padiet Wang did not suit up.

Senior guard Jervae Robinson, who played with the Trailblazers for two years before moving away last year, returned and showed an improved all-around game that Fisher believes will help Overland make up for the graduation of some key players.

Robinson played his way onto the Continental vs. Centennial Challenge all-tournament team, a group that included six players from Aurora schools in selections made by coaches and tournament officials.

Connor Hobbs and Geoff Kelly, who will have big roles for a Regis Jesuit team that needs to replace nine graduated seniors made the all-tournament team, as did Ronnie Barfield of Cherokee Trail (which finished 3-3), Xai’Vion Jackson of 4-2 Eaglecrest and Matt Johnson of 5-1 Rangeview.

Grandview finished 2-4 to round out the Aurora teams in the field.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2015 CONTINENTAL VS. CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE

June 17-19 at Heritage High School

Final records — Continental League (25-23): REGIS JESUIT 6-0, ThunderRidge 6-0, Heritage 3-3, Lakewood 3-3, Rock Canyon 3-3, Legend 2-4, Mountain Vista 2-4, Chaparral 0-6; Centennial League (24-24): RANGEVIEW 5-1, EAGLECREST 4-2, Arapahoe 3-3, CHEROKEE TRAIL 3-3, OVERLAND 3-3, GRANDVIEW 2-4, Mullen 2-4

All-tournament team — RONNIE BARFIELD (CHEROKEE TRAIL), Troy Brady (ThunderRidge), XAI’VION JACKSON (EAGLECREST), MATT JOHNSON (RANGEVIEW), GEOFF KELLY (REGIS JESUIT), CONNOR HOBBS (REGIS JESUIT), JERVAE ROBINSON (OVERLAND), Clay Verk (ThunderRidge)