Boys Basketball: Overland earns return trip to 5A Final Four with rout of Mountain Vista

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Overland's Padiet Wang dishes a no-look pass to teammate Reggie Gibson for a layup after corralling a loose ball during the third quarter of the top-seeded Trailblazers' 64-36 win over second -seeded Mountain Vista. The win earned the Trailblazers a return trip to the 5A Final Four. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Overland’s Padiet Wang dishes a no-look pass to teammate Reggie Gibson for a layup after corralling a loose ball during the third quarter of the top-seeded Trailblazers’ 64-36 win over second -seeded Mountain Vista. The win earned the Trailblazers a return trip to the 5A Final Four. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | With a noticeable difference in maturity, the Overland boys basketball team is ready to return to the Class 5A Final Four and finish.

The top-seeded Trailblazers played under control from start to finish in their Great 8 contest Saturday afternoon at the Denver Coliseum and simply overwhelmed second-seeded Mountain Vista 64-36 earn a second straight trip to the semifinals.

Junior Reggie Gibson finished with 14 points, senior Austin Conway added 12 and senior Ryan Swan scored 10 as coach Danny Fisher’s Trailblazers moved back into the round in which they lost to eventual state champion Denver East last season.

Overland (21-5) won the Bill Weimer Region championship and will take on sixth-seeded Denver East — which won the Jim Baggot Region by knocking off the fourth No. 1 seed, Regis Jesuit — on March 13 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. A win would put the Trailblazers into the state championship game for the first time since they lost to Manual in 1990.

The game is a rematch of a semifinal last season in which foul-plagued Overland fell 77-65 to the Angels, who went on to defeat Fossil Ridge for the state championship.

Foul trouble reared its head against Mountain Vista, as it helped limit Overland’s De’Ron Davis to seven points, but the 6-foot-9 junior still added 12 rebounds and blocked four shots.

Juniors Padiet Wang and Alijah Halliburton provided a huge boost of energy for the Trailblazers, as the two used their length and relentless to combine for 15 points and 17 rebounds, with Wang registering nine boards to tie senior Ryan Swan for second in the contest behind Davis.

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

(1) OVERLAND 64, (2) MOUNTAIN VISTA 36

Score by quarters:

Mtn. Vista    9   7   11    9 — 36

Overland    15  16  21  12 — 64

MOUNTAIN VISTA (36)

Isaac Phillips 1 2-5 4, Jake Belknapp 1 0-0 2, Brady Subart 7 1-1 16, Ray Beresford 0 3-4 3, Nick Pepper 4 1-2 9, Riley Nedved 0 0-0 0, Cory Smith 0 0-0 0, James Viergutz 0 2-2 2, Austin Benson 0 0-0 0, Craig Breuker 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-14 36.

OVERLAND (64)

Reggie Gibson 6 1-2 14, Austin Conway 5 2-2 12, Padiet Wang 3 1-2 8, De’Ron Davis 2 3-5 7, Ryan Swan 4 2-2 10, Alijah Halliburton 3 1-4 7, King Grant-Perry 3 0-1 6, Malik Clark 0 0-0 0, Daniel Lucas 0 0-0 0, Bruce Jackson 0 0-0 0, Asad Yousef 0 0-0 0, Brent Halliburton 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 10-18 64.

3-point field goals — Mountain Vista: Brady Subart; Overland (2): Reggie Gibson, Padiet Wang. Total fouls — Mountain Vista 15, Overland 11. Fouled out — None. Technical foulsMountain Vista: Bench.