Boys Basketball: Regis Jesuit resumes winning ways after break to by topping Grandview

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Regis Jesuit junior Taylor Kallsen (2) is congratulated after getting fouled during the second half of the Raiders’ 77-66 non-league boys basketball win at Grandview on Jan. 3, 2014. Kallsen finished with 27 points. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Regis Jesuit boys basketball coach Ken Shaw didn’t waste the huge slate of non-league games he had to fill.

Still two weeks away from starting Continental League play, Shaw’s Raiders faced another tough test with Friday night’s road game at Grandview, the first of a back-to-back that includes a game against Overland Saturday.

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Grandview’s KyRon Allen (11) puts up a shot at Regis Jesuit’s Kip Boryla defends during the first half of the Raiders’ 77-66 non-league boys basketball win over the Wolves on Jan. 3, 2014, at Grandview High School. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Regis Jesuit overcame the rust in its return from winter break — as well as the Wolves’ early defensive energy — with a big second half, rolling to a 77-66 victory in front of a packed house that took in the battle between the two Aurora teams with the best records before winter break.

“That was a good win for us coming back after break; some people might look at our scheduling and think who decided to schedule Grandview and Overland right after each other?,”said Shaw, whose team played another Centennial League team — Cherokee Trail — prior to winter break.

“To give our guys credit, they stayed in good shape over the break and our practices were good,” he added. “Even though at times we would have liked to play a lot smoother, it was a good win against a good team.”

Junior Taylor Kallsen poured in a season-high 27 points, while senior Zach Smith had all 12 of his points in the second half and junior Kip Boryla contributed 11 as the Raiders improved to 7-1.

Senior KyRon Allen scored 18 points to lead coach Gary Childress’ Grandview team, which dropped to 7-2 with Centennial League play opening Wednesday.

Senior Irane Sharp added 11 and Devon Brown finished with 10 for the Wolves, who played for the first time since winning the Elite Division championship at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in California prior to winter break.

Riding a wave of emotion following the introduction of a number of Grandview alumni — including Kevin Gausman, currently a pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles — the Wolves surged into an early lead on the strength of their defensive pressure.

Regis Jesuit committed seven turnovers in the first quarter and another early in the second quarter, which combined with cold shooting helped Grandview expands its advantage to 12 points at 27-15 on a 3-pointer by senior Keanu Flores.

Kallsen helped his club stick around, however, as he keyed an 18-7 burst for the Raiders to end the quarter. The junior guard finished with nine points in the period after his 3-pointer hit the rim and rolled in to make it a two-point game with 2:40 left in the half.

The Wolves clung to a two-point lead at the break, but Regis Jesuit had found its stride.

“We struggled a little bit in the first half; they definitely played well at the beginning,” Kallsen said. “We made adjustments, which is what we’ve done all year, and we came out focused for the second half.”

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

REGIS JESUIT 77, GRANDVIEW 66

Score by quarters:

Regis Jesuit  13  19  21  24 — 77

Grandview    22  12   7  25 — 66

REGIS JESUIT (77)

Taylor Kallsen 8 11-11 27, Zach Smith 3 3-4 12, Bryan Staerkel 2 0-0 5, Devin Kadillak 2 0-0 5, Elijah Sanford 3 2-5 8, Kip Boryla 4 3-4 11, Cam Beards 0 0-0 0, Vaughn Samson 2 1-2 5, Jared Small 2 1-1 5, Geoff Kelly 0 1-3 1. Totals 25 22-30 77.

GRANDVIEW (66)

Andrew Joiner 1 3-4 5, Jarred Burr 2 0-1 4, KyRon Allen 4 8-8 18, Devon Brown 3 3-6 10, Keanu Flores 2 3-4 9, Irane Sharp 5 0-0 11, Armani Stevenson 3 0-0 7, Zach Rucker 0 0-0 0, Brendan Hays 1 0-2 2. Totals 21 17-25 66.

3-point field goals — Regis Jesuit (7): Zach Smith 3, Taylor Kallsen 2, Devin Kadillak, Bryan Staerkel; Grandview (7): KyRon Allen 2, Keanu Flores 2, Devon Brown, Irane Sharp, Armani Stevenson. Total fouls — Regis Jesuit 19, Grandview 18. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls: Regis Jesuit — Kip Boryla.