Rangeview senior Josh Wyatt (23) draws contact on his way to a layup and free throw during the second half of the Raiders’ 62-58 non-league boys basketball victory over Chaparral on Feb. 23, 2021, at Rangeview High School. Wyatt scored 10 of his 15 points in the final quarter to help the Raiders improve to 10-0. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | The Rangeview boys basketball team remained in the unbeaten ranks by warding off Chaparral 62-58 in a non-league home contest between Class 5A top-five teams that came down to the wire.

Senior post player Damajio Merritt’s confident 3-pointer from the corner broke a late tie and gave the third-ranked Raiders a lead and seniors Josh Wyatt and Cade Palmer each knocked down a pair of foul shots in the final minute to seal the victory over the No. 5 Wolverines, which moved Rangeview to 10-0.

The trio of Merritt (who finished with a game-high 20 points), Wyatt and Palmer — who contributed 15 apiece — accounted for all 22 points in the final quarter for coach Shawn Palmer’s team, which navigated its toughest challenge of the season to push its winning streak to 55 games.

Rangeview turns around for another strong non-league matchup against Valor Christian on the road Thursday.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

RANGEVIEW 62, CHAPARRAL 58

Score by quarters:

Chaparral    13  7  17  21 — 58

Rangeview   18  7  15  22 — 62

CHAPARRAL (58)

Connor Hile 1 0-0 3, Braden Boley 0 10-10 10, Luke Williams 5 7-8 19, Caleb Beasley 4 0-0 8, Joel Speckman 3 4-7 11, Jake Morris 1 0-0 2, Gavin Martin 2 0-0 6, Keegan Ruth 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 21-25 58.

RANGEVIEW (62)

Christopher Watkins 1 2-2 4, Bilal Cisse 0 1-2 1, Damajio Merritt 8 0-0 20, Cade Palmer 6 2-2 15, Reece Berkey 2 0-0 5, Josh Wyatt 5 3-3 15, Devin Philio 1 0-0 2, Ismael Dembele 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-9 62.

3-point field goals — Chaparral (6): Gavin Martin 2, Luke Williams 2, Connor Hile, Joel Speckman; Rangeview (8): Damajio Merritt 4, Josh Wyatt 2, Reece Berkey, Cade Palmer. Total fouls — Chaparral 15, Rangeview 16. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

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