Boys Basketball: Rangeview effort enough to get past Aurora Central in 22-point victory

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Rangeview's Jalen Guidry (4) dribbles between Aurora Central defenders Kelsey Williams, left, and CJ Porter on his way up the floor during the first half of the Class 5A top-ranked Raiders' 68-46 EMAC boys basketball win over the Trojans on Feb. 9, 2016, at Aurora Central High School. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Rangeview’s Jalen Guidry (4) dribbles between Aurora Central defenders Kelsey Williams, left, and CJ Porter on his way up the floor during the first half of the Class 5A top-ranked Raiders’ 68-46 EMAC boys basketball win over the Trojans on Feb. 9, 2016, at Aurora Central High School. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The Rangeview boys basketball team has had plenty of pretty efforts during its 19-0 start to the 2015-16 season.

Tuesday night’s visit to Aurora Central wouldn’t land in that category for coach Shawn Palmer’s team, but the end result was the same.

The Raiders — who became the unanimous No. 1 team in Class 5A in the Associated Press Class 5A boys basketball media poll earlier in the day — put in enough effort and used their depth to overcome a turnover-plagued spate on play on their way to a 68-46 victory over the rival Trojans. Rangeview took the two-game set from Aurora Central and moved alone atop the EMAC standings at 5-0.

“It was a good effort,” Palmer said. “We were trying to do the right things all night, we just made some silly mistakes at times. They are a good team, they are a talented group that’s always up for this game. They are hard to guard and we tried a lot of different ways to do it. I thought we did pretty well and we rebounded well in the second half.”

Senior Tyrei Randall had big first and fourth quarters offensively on his way to a game-high 23 points for the Raiders, while senior EJ Reed added 14 and junior Matthew Johnson came off the bench to score seven.

In stark contrast to the first meeting between the teams — a 68-56 Rangeview win on Jan. 19 that didn’t count in the league standings — the Raiders got up big instead of trailing big in the early going. In the previous contest they had to rally from a 14-point deficit, but this time they put coach Ian Calvert’s Aurora Central (14-6, 5-1) team in a 15-point hole after a 23-8 opening quarter.

Randall — who picked up two technicals in the first half of the first meeting — had 10 points in the opening stanza to help his team get up big, then added 13 in the final period to help it hold on.

“My mindset was to come out, have fun, enjoy the game and show them they can’t hold me,” said Randall, whose opening barrage include a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of short buckets.

The Trojans had a trio of double-digit scorers in Ladarius Thomas (16), Elijah Coleman (15) and Usman Koromah (10), but couldn’t quite take advantage of a few key opportunities to come back during the game, especially in a sloppy second quarter for Rangeview.

“We started off great, we had good ball movement and everything, but then a turnover-plagued second quarter really held us down,” Palmer said. “A lot of them were unforced turnovers and I felt like we were trying to do too much. We settled in a bit in the second half.”

Credited with an extra two points early in the third quarter, Aurora Central trailed 39-31 after a Thomas jumper midway through the fourth quarter. The Trojans nearly got within five points late in the period, but Coleman’s 3-point attempt on the ensuing possession rattled around the rim and came out and the Raiders ran off six straight points to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Randall made a free throw and three hoops in the first two minutes of the final period to push Rangeview’s lead to nearly 20 points and keep Aurora Central at bay.

“I enjoy tests, I like to see where our team’s heads are at and see how we play together,” Randall said. “We’ve been challenged a lot, but we’ve pushed through and that’s why we’re 19-0.”

The Raiders also overcame limited action for junior guard Elijah Blake, who missed the previous game after coming down with strep throat and scored six minutes in a small amount of action against Aurora Central.

Rangeview has four games remaining in the regular season with a visit to Westminster upcoming Friday.

“We have to continue to get better, clean up some stuff and hopefully get ready to play in March,” Palmer said.

Aurora Central, which had won all five of its games since the first meeting against Rangeview, plays host to Brighton on Friday.

Note: The final scoreboard had Aurora Central with 48 points as there was a score discrepancy in the third quarter. Palmer and his coaching staff brought it to the officials’ attention, but the score wasn’t changed back.

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

(1) RANGEVIEW 68, AURORA CENTRAL 46

Score by quarters:

Rangeview    23  10  12  23 — 68

Aur. Central    8  17    6  14 — 46

RANGEVIEW (68)

Jalen Guidry 1 1-2 3, Tyrei Randall 8 5-6 23, Kris Hollins 1 2-2 4, Marquis Kraemer 3 0-2 6, EJ Reed 4 6-8 14, Elijah Blake 2 2-2 6, Matthew Johnson 2 2-3 7, Stacie Reed 1 1-1 3, Calvin Collins 0 2-3 2, Donyvan Jackson 0 0-0 0, Ryan Ongala 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 21-29 68.

AURORA CENTRAL (46)

Ladarius Thomas 6 2-2 16, Larry Thomas 0 0-0 0, Elijah Coleman 6 0-2 15, CJ Porter 0 1-2 1, Kelsey Williams 0 2-4 2, Usman Koromah 4 2-5 10, Dominick Jackson 1 0-0 2, Fred Ankomah 0 0-0 0, Daion Johnson-Lanier 0 0-0 0, Jory Burleson 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 7-15 46.

3-point field goals — Rangeview (3): Tyrei Randall 2, Matthew Johnson; Aurora Central (5): Elijah Coleman 3, Ladarius Thomas 2. Total fouls — Rangeview 17, Aurora Central 23. Fouled out — Aurora Central: CJ Porter. Technical fouls — None.