Grandview senior Dayne Prim, left, outleaps Rock Canyon’s Jaylen Eikenberg (24) for a rebound during the first half of a Class 5A Sweet 16 boys basketball playoff game on Feb. 27, 2019, at Grandview High School. Sixth-seeded Grandview topped 11th-seded Rock Canyon 42-38 to earn a spot in the Great 8 March 2. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel)

AURORA | Defending Class 5A state champion Grandview survived an early onslaught by visiting Rock Canyon before rallying for Sweet 16 home victory Wednesday night.

Playing their first game without injured junior post player Caleb McGill, the sixth-seeded Wolves fell into a 9-0 hole against the 11th-seeded Jaguars in the opener quarter, but gradually edged the way back into the game and went on to win 42-38.

In the lowest-scoring of any of the eight Sweet 16 contests, senior Dayne Prim led the way with 14 points for coach Michael Rogers’ Grandview team, which also got nine from junior Lian Ramiro and eight from senior Davon Walker.

The Wolves’ sixth straight victory put them at 19-6 on the season and will take on third-seeded Rangeview (23-2) — a Sweet 16 winner over Fountain-Fort Carson — in a quarterfinal contest set for 12:30 p.m. March 2 at the Denver Coliseum. Grandview edged the Raiders 47-45 in December.

The 6-foot-7 McGill, the team’s second-leading scorer at 11.4 points per game and leading shot-blocker (1.5 bpg), injured his left arm in a fall on a shot block during Grandview’s second round home victory against Boulder.

Without McGill in the lineup, Prim got much more attention in the paint from the Rock Canyon defense and with few shots falling early, the Wolves found themselves facing a nine-point deficit after one quarter.

Grandview began to find the range in the second quarter as Ramiro made two of his three 3-pointers and Walker and senior Levi Dombro also hit from downtown as the Wolves pulled back even with the Jaguars at 24-24 at halftime.

A 9-0 run to open the third quarter put Grandview in front for good, though Rock Canyon shaved the lead down to one point inside the final minute.

A free throw by senior Tyler Unger and two from Walker closed out the victory.

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(6) GRANDVIEW 42, (11) ROCK CANYON 38

Score by quarters:

Rock Canyon   19    5   6  8 — 38
Grandview      10  14  11  7 — 42

ROCK CANYON (38)

Jalen Ashley 5 1-4 13, Nick Fallin 1 0-0 2, Grant Figueroa 4 1-1 9, Jake Hassett 2 2-2 8, Jaylen Eikenberg 0 4-6 4, Collin Romero 1 0-0 2, Brode Aho 0 0-0 0, Chris Schlesinger 0 0-0 0, Cooper McNeily 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-12 38.

GRANDVIEW (42)

Levi Dombro 3 0-0 7, Lian Ramiro 3 0-0 9, CJ Thomas 1 0-2 3, Davon Walker 2 3-6 8, Dayne Prim 6 2-3 14, Tyler Unger 0 1-2 1, Devin Williams 0 0-0 0, Kenneth Norman 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 6-12 42.

3-point field goals — Rock Canyon (4): Jalen Ashley 2, Jake Hassett 2; Grandview (6): Lian Ramiro 3, Levin Dombro, CJ Thomas, Davon Walker. Total fouls — Rock Canyon 14, Grandview 13. Fouled out — Rock Canyon: Jaylen Eikenberg. Grandview: Dayne Prim. Technical fouls — Rock Canyon: Eikenberg.