Boys Basketball: Hot-starting Eaglecrest knocks off Centennial League-leading Grandview by 15

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Eaglecrest senior Morgan Brown rises for a layup during the first half of the Raptors’ 64-49 Centennial League boys basketball win over Grandview on Jan. 13, 2018, at Eaglecrest High School. Eaglecrest evened its league record at 2-2 with a win over the previously league-leading Wolves. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

CENTENNIAL | Needless to say, Saturday’s night victory was the biggest for coach Jarris Krapcha in his limited time with the Eaglecrest boys basketball team.

The defending Class 5A state champions — under the direction of Krapcha for the first time this season — got over .500 with its previous win and took what may be a major step forward Saturday night with a rousing 64-49 Centennial League win over visiting Grandview at The Nest.

Branden Bunn connected on four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and fellow seniors XaiV’ion Jackson and Darius Houston also got into double figures with 10 as Eaglecrest (7-5 overall, 2-2 the Centennial League) got off to a scorching start and didn’t slow down much to knock of the co-league leaders.

Grandview, which was held to just four points in the second quarter and found itself behind by 21 at halftime, had its four-game winning streak snapped and suffered its first loss to a Colorado team.

Junior Dayne Prim finished with 16 points and sophomore Lian Ramiro added 10 for coach Michael Rogers’ Wolves, who dropped to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the league. Grandview’s only other loss came at the Tarkanian Class in Las Vegas.

With the Wolves’ loss, Overland — a 76-44 winner over Cherokee Trail — took over sole possession of first place in the Centennial League standings.

Coming off its first win against Arapahoe in its previous game, Eaglecrest came out firing in the opening quarter against Grandview, as the Raptors connected on four 3-pointers (two by Bunn) and also got to the rim frequently in transition on their way to a 12-point lead.

The normally efficient Wolves were cold from the field for the entire first half and managed just four points — which included a single basket by sophomore Caleb McGill — in the second period to find themselves down by 21.

Grandview plays host to Eaglecrest in the rematch on Feb. 7.

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

EAGLECREST 64, GRANDVIEW 49

Score by quarters:

Grandview  10  4  13  22 — 49

Eaglecrest  22  13  12  17 — 64

GRANDVIEW (49)

Caleb McGill 2 3-3 7, Gunner Gentry 2 0-0 4, Ben Boone 3 0-0 7, Davon Walker 1 1-2 3, Dayne Prim 7 2-4 16, Lian Ramiro 3 3-4 10, Levi Dombro 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 9-13 49.

EAGLECREST (64)

XaiV’ion Jackson 4 2-3 10, Branden Bunn 4 2-2 14, Morgan Brown 3 1-2 7, Aaron Bokol 3 2-4 8, Ty Robinson 1 0-0 3, Darius Houston 1 7-8 10, Thomas Dangerfield III 4 0-2 8, Thurbil Bile 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 14-21 64.

3-point field goals — Grandview (2): Ben Boone, Lian Ramiro; Eaglecrest (6): Branden Bunn 4, Darius Houston, Ty Robinson. Total fouls — Grandview 22, Eaglecrest 18. Fouled outGrandview: Boone, Dayne Prim. Technical fouls — None.