Boys Basketball: Flores heats up in second half, helps Grandview push past Cherokee Trail

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Grandview’s Keanu Flores (top) and teammate KyRon Allen (11) celebrate with fans after the Wolves’ 66-58 Centennial League boys basketball victory over Cherokee Trail on Feb. 7, 2014, at Grandview High School. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Grandview’s Keanu Flores shrugged his shoulders and kept shooting Friday.

The Wolves’ senior sharpshooter had just one point in the first half of a Centennial League showdown with rival Cherokee Trail, part of the reason why the Wolves trailed by four points at the break.

Flores’ teammates picked him up in the lockerroom and he picked them up with a scorching second half, as he struck for nine points in the third quarter and 10 more in the fourth, helping Grandview to a much-needed 66-58 victory over the visiting Cougars.

“They pushed me to a be a perimeter guy (in the first half); at halftime, you have no idea how much my teammates picked me up and my coach just old me ‘stay aggressive,'” said Flores, whose 19 in the second half gave him a game-high 20 points for coach Gary Childress’ Wolves, who forged a Centennial League split with Cherokee Trail and improved to 12-7 overall and 5-5 in league play.

“I remembered the film we were watching and our preparation, so I started hitting a shot here or a drive there,” he added. “Then once things start clicking, it’s pretty much a go from there. …I love to shoot, so when it starts flying off like that, I love it.”

Senior KyRon Allen added 15 points — including three free throws in the final 30 seconds to keep the Cougars at bay — and junior Andrew Joiner chipped in 10.

Childress was understandably pleased with the victory, especially considering Grandview and Cherokee Trail (7-12, 4-6) came into the game in a deadlock in the Centennial League standings along with Smoky Hill.

“There’s such a logjam in the middle of the league right now, so this was big for trying to work into the top half of the league,” said Childress, whose team won its second straight since a 33-point loss to Eaglecrest on Jan. 31.

Cherokee Trail, which prevailed 62-57 when the teams played on Jan. 15, got 10 points from David Thornton and nine apiece from Robert Jones, Tyler Larkin and Izaiah Lottie.

The Cougars dropped to 7-12 overall and 4-6 in the Centennial League.

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

GRANDVIEW 66, CHEROKEE TRAIL 58

Score by quarters:

Cherokee Trail  12  20  13  13 — 58

Grandview          11  17   16  22 — 66

CHEROKEE TRAIL (58)

Kameron Brandon 2 0-1 5, Tyler Larkin 3 2-3 9, David Thornton 4 2-4 10, Ronnie Barfield 2 3-4 8, Robert Jones 3 3-4 9, Izaiah Lottie 3 2-2 9, Evan White 2 0-0 5, Dillon Garcia 1 0-0 3. Totals 20 12-17 58.

GRANDVIEW (66)

Andrew Joiner 4 2-4 10, Jarred Burr 0 4-4 4, KyRon Allen 4 6-8 15, Devon Brown 3 2-4 8, Keanu Flores 7 3-4 20, Irane Sharp 2 2-2 6, JR Smith 0 2-2 2, Armani Stevenson 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 22-30 66.

3-point field goals — Cherokee Trail (5): Ronnie Barfield, Dillon Garcia, Tyler Larkin, Izaiah Lottie, Evan White; Grandview (4): Keanu Flores 3, KyRon Allen. Total fouls — Cherokee Trail 24, Grandview 18. Fouled out — Cherokee Trail: Kameron Brandon, David Thornton. Technical fouls — None.