Boys Basketball: Cherokee Trail runs past Douglas County into second round of 5A state playoffs

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Starts from the Cherokee Trail boys basketball team react after reserve Eddie Rose knocked down a 3-pointer during the late stages of the 18th-seeded Cougars’ 80-48 win over No. 45 Douglas County in a Class 5A state basketball tournament first round playoff game on Feb. 22, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. The Cougars’ win netted them a trip to play at No. 15 Rampart at 1 p.m. Feb. 25. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Cherokee Trail boys basketball coach Morgan Gregory had to admit it, a double-digit lead early a postseason game felt pretty good.

There haven’t been many lopsided playoff contests for the Cougars with Gregory at the helm, but Wednesday’s Class 5A first round out turned out to be pretty comfortable for all involved in an 80-48 victory.

Eighteenth-seeded Cherokee Trail got off and running with the first 15 points of the game and kept the 45th-seeded Huskies (10-14) at bay the rest of the way as it moved into a Feb. 25 second round contest. The Cougars (13-11) head to play No. 15 Rampart (17-6) at 1 p.m.

Senior Jaizec Lottie poured in 12 of his game-high 27 points in the opening quarter and junior Deon Barfield got off to a fast start with a variety of dunks to get him started on a 17-point effort to keep Cherokee Trail in high gear.

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

(18) CHEROKEE TRAIL 80, (45) DOUGLAS COUNTY 48

Score by quarter:

Douglas Co.  13   12   5   17 — 48

Cher. Trail    20  15  23  22 — 80

DOUGLAS COUNTY (48)

Jordan Dunfee 1 0-0 3, TJ Boykins 2 1-2 6, Davon Walker 2 1-2 6, Cullen Pirie 1 2-4 4, Justin Ritchie 1 5-7 7, Cameron Dunfee 2 0-0 5, Adam Taylor 2 0-0 5, Brendan Temple 2 3-3 8, Sean McCarty 0 3-4 3, Tre Teague 0 1-2 1, Eric Howard 0 0-0 0, Bryce Sheek 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 16-24 48.

CHEROKEE TRAIL (80)

Jaizec Lottie 11 3-6 27, Deon Barfield 8 1-2 17, Tyson Rodgers 0 2-2 2, Kamron Bode 2 2-2 7, Ian Kelly 2 2-2 6, Tyrone Patterson 2 0-0 5, Jay Duncan 2 2-2 6, Joe Cox 1 0-0 2, Eddie Rose 1 1-2 4, Joseph Correa 1 2-2 4, Prince Wilson 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 15-20 80.

3-point field goals — Douglas County (6): TJ Boykins, Cameron Dunfee, Jordan Dunfee, Adam Taylor, Brendan Temple, Davon Walker; Cherokee Trail (5): Jaizec Lottie 2, Kamron Bode, Tyrone Patterson, Eddie Rose. Total fouls — Douglas County 18, Cherokee Trail 21. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.