Boys Basketball: Size, execution key Grandview’s 63-49 victory over Cherokee Trail

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Grandview junior Dayne Prim (44) goes after a shot by Cherokee Trail’s Jake Barber (20) during the second half of the Wolves’ Centennial League boys basketball contest against the Cougars on Jan. 10, 2018, at Cherokee Trail High School. Prim blocked three shots and sophomore Caleb McGill six and the duo combined for 26 points in Grandview’s 63-49 victory. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Led by its two towers inside, the Grandview boys basketball team kept right on rolling Wednesday night.

With their activity and length, junior Dayne Prim and sophomore Caleb McGill made life difficult on Cherokee Trail on both ends of the floor in a Centennial League matchup and the Wolves prevailed 63-49.

Prim scored a team-high 14 points to go with 10 rebounds, McGill added 11 and blocked six shots and junior Davon Walker joined them in double figures with 13 points along with four assists for coach Michael Rogers’ Grandview team, which moved to 11-1 overall with its fourth straight victory.

“We knew they were going to come out with some adrenaline after their win over Smoky, so we wanted to make sure we watched the energy they had, get off to a good start, get comfortable and then just play our game,” said Rogers, whose team kept pace with Overland at 3-0 atop the Centennial League standings.

Grandview junior Levi Dombro (4) slices in for a layup attempt during the second half of the Wolves’ 63-49 win over Cherokee Trail on Jan. 10, 2018, at Cherokee Trail High School. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Senior Deon Barfield scored a game-high 17 points and senior Kamron Bode added 12 for coach Morgan Gregory’s Cherokee Trail team, which dropped to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.

The Cougars indeed had some bounce at the start in the wake of their overtime win at Smoky Hill a few days earlier and also had senior guard Tyson Rodgers back in uniform ahead of schedule from injury.

Grandview got off to the good start Rogers wanted, as Prim scored six points and senior Ben Boone had five in the opening guard, then sophomore reserve Lian Ramiro knocked down a 3-pointer early in the second quarter for a 12-point lead.

Barfield made sure his team hung around, however, and his buzzer-beating 3-pointer brought the Cougars to within six at halftime.

Prim and McGill were particularly effective in the decisive third quarter, when Grandview outscored Cherokee Trail 17-5.

McGill scored a basketball and got fouled on a pretty post move with his three-point pushing the lead to eight and the advantage got into double figures with senior Gunner Gentry’s backdoor layup.

On the defensive end, the Wolves surrendered just two baskets in the period as McGill and Prim made it difficult for the smaller Cougars to even get a shot up to the rim for several long stretches.

“It’s a lot of fun playing with Dayne, I think we’re a pretty good combo,” McGill said. “We work well off each other.”

Cherokee Trail’s Octavian Hymer (15) puts up a shot contested by Grandview sophomore Caleb McGill (2) during the second half of the Cougars’ 63-49 Centennial League loss to the Wolves on Jan. 10, 2018, at Cherokee Trail High School. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Prim concurred as he picked up with McGill where he left off with his brother Gaige, who graduated after the Wolves’ run to last season’s Class 5A Great 8.

“Caleb’s a really big difference maker; what he does inside makes everything else better,” Prim said. “It opens the outside up, it opens me up and we can get inside when we want to.”

Prim’s three-point play pushed the lead to 19 points with 5 minutes remaining and Walker helped the Wolves salt away with the victory as he knocked down six free throws in the final minutes.

Rogers appreciated his team’s focus for most of the game and when it was over turned his focus to a 6 p.m. Saturday matchup at rival Eaglecrest.

“We’ll enjoy this tonight, then tomorrow we’re practicing to get ready for Eaglecrest,” Rogers said. “You just don’t get any breaks in this league.”

Grandview plays host to Cherokee Trail in the second league meeting Feb. 2.

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

GRANDVIEW 63, CHEROKEE TRAIL 49

Score by quarters:

Grandview  17  9  17  20 – 63

Cher. Trail   10  10  5  24 — 49

GRANDVIEW (63)

Caleb McGill 2 7-8 11, Gunner Gentry 2 0-0 4, Ben Boone 3 1-1 9, Davon Walker 3 7-12 13, Dayne Prim 6 2-3 14, Levi Dombro 3 0-0 6, Lian Ramiro 2 0-1 5, Tyler Unger 0 0-0 0, Tanner Holtman 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 17-25 63.

CHEROKEE TRAIL (49)

Deon Barfield 7 2-7 17, Kamron Bode 2 7-8 12, Champion Martin 3 0-0 6, Aaron Gregory 0 0-0 0, Octavian Hymer 2 3-5 7, Giovanni Phillips 0 2-2 2, Tyson Rodgers 0 0-0 0, Edwin Rose 0 0-0 0, Kyrie Thomas 0 0-0 0, LeIvory Harrison 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 14-22 49.

3-point field goal — Grandview (3): Ben Boone 2, Lian Ramiro. Cherokee Trail (3): Jake Barber, Deon Barfield, Kamron Bode. Total fouls — Grandview 17, Cherokee Trail 21. Fouled outCherokee Trail: Barfield.