Boys Basketball: Overland downs Grandview to lock up Centennial League championships

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AURORA | The streaking Overland boys basketball team secured the outright Centennial League championship with a 70-53 victory on its home floor against Grandview Friday night.

Behind 19 points from junior star De’Ron Davis, the Trailblazers won their 12th consecutive game and finished a game clear of Eaglecrest in the league standings with a 13-1 mark in conference play.

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Coach Danny Fisher’s Overland team finished the regular season 18-5 overall and further strengthened its case to be one of the four No. 1 seeds in the Class 5A boys state basketball tournament. Seedings for the state tournament are due out from the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday.

The Trailblazers — ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press 5A media poll — downed the Wolves 75-63 on Jan. 28 in the first meeting and had a difficult time for much of the rematch, as they led by just two points at halftime.

Grandview (9-14, 4-10) managed just five points in the third quarter, however, as Overland pushed the advantage into double figures and kept it there.

Padiet Wang tallied nine points, Ryan Swan had eight and King Grant-Perry and Alijah Halliburton chipped in seven points apiece for the Trailblazers, who got at least two points from all 10 players.

Grandview finished the regular season at 9-14 overall and 4-10 in the Centennial League, which puts coach Michael Rogers team sixth among the league’s eight teams.

Eaglecrest, which split two games with Overland, but lost its share of first place with an overtime loss at Cherokee Trail last week, capped the regular season with a 59-33 downing of Mullen to finish 12-2 in the conference and 18-5 overall. The Raptors could also be in line for one of the four No. 1 seeds in the state tournament.

Cherokee Trail (15-8, 10-4) finished in the No. 3 spot in the Centennial League standings, while Smoky Hill (7-16, 5-9) took the No. 5 spot.

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

(3) OVERLAND 70, GRANDVIEW 53

Score by quarters:

Grandview  15  10   5  23 — 53

Overland     12  15  15  28 — 70

Overland points: De’Ron Davis 19, Padiet Wang 9, Ryan Swan 8, King Grant-Perry 7, Alijah Halliburton 7, Reggie Gibson 6, Austin Conway 4, Brent Halliburton 4, Bruce Jackson 4