The week past in Aurora prep sports, 1.7-1.13.16

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Ikenna Ozor, right, and the Eaglecrest boys basketball team posted a 57-45 Centennial League win at Overland on Jan. 8, 2016. The Raptors got a leg up in the league race with the early win and extended their unbeaten start to 10-0. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Ikenna Ozor, right, and the Eaglecrest boys basketball team posted a 57-45 Centennial League win at Overland on Jan. 8, 2016. The Raptors got a leg up in the league race with the early win and extended their unbeaten start to 10-0. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

The Eaglecrest boys basketball team took advantage of the absence of De’Ron Davis Jan. 8 on its way to prime early position in the Centennial League standings.

With Overland’s star big man sitting out for the game due to two technical fouls he picked up in the previous game, the Raptors came away with a 57-45 victory in front of a packed house.

Junior Colbey Ross attacked the basket at will and scored a game-high 27 points, including 10 in the final quarter, which the Raptors opened with a 12-0 run to break open a tight game. Sophomore reserve Victor Garnes scored six straight points in the deciding burst for Eaglecrest, which remained perfect at 10-0 and 2-0 in league.

The win helped propel coach John Olander’s team to the No. 1 spot in the Jan. 12 Associated Press’ Class 5A media poll. Overland, which got 15 points from Jervae Robinson and 14 from Alijah Halliburton, dropped from No. 1 to No. 4.

• Aurora prep sports scoreboard, Jan. 13, here.

• Aurora prep sports scoreboard, Jan. 12, here.

• Aurora prep sports scoreboard, Jan. 11, here.

• The Cherry Creek co-op ice hockey team remained unbeaten with a 6-4 victory over Dakota Ridge on Jan. 9 in a rematch of teams that met in last season’s state semifinals. Joe LoSasso (Rangeview), Rhys Phelps (Grandview) and Joe Whitmore (Smoky Hill) were among six goal scorers and goaltender Scout Stalcup (Eaglecrest) saved 23 of the 27 shots he faced for the win in net.

• The Cherokee Trail wrestling team claimed third place among 29 teams from multiple states at the Shane Shatto Memorial Tournament Jan. 8-9 in Wyoming. The Cougars finished with 146.5 points to come in only behind Sheridan (147.5) and Cheyenne East (153.0). Junior Max Gonzales won three matches to take the 220-pound title, while senior Seth Bogulski (170) and junior Zeke Silva (182) lost close decisions in the finals.

• The Aurora Central wrestling team scored 110 points to finish atop seven schools in the annual Rangeview Raider Classic Jan. 9 at Rangeview High School. Axel Pacheco (106), Quincy Moreno (120), Jonnathan Quijada (132) and Ignacio Galindo (152) finished atop their weights for the Trojans. Rangeview finished second and Grandview — which sent a limited squad — third.

• The Grandview wrestling team finished second in the team competition at the Colfax Smackdown Jan. 9 at Denver East High School. Gabe Baumgartner (220 pounds) and Josh Vigil-Harrison (285) won their weights.

• The Regis Jesuit boys basketball team saw its undefeated season come to an end on Jan. 9 when visiting Fossil Ridge knocked down a shot in the closing seconds for a 68-66 victory. The Raiders got 20 points from Michael Wambsganss and nine apiece from Dante Drennan, Gage Dyer and Geoff Kelly.

• Aurora prep sports scoreboard, Jan. 9, here.

• A 30-11 second half helped the Grandview girls basketball team stay unbeaten with 60-38 win at Cherry Creek Jan. 8. In the gym where they lost on a buzzer-beater last season, the Wolves got 27 points from Michaela Onyenwere and 22 from Jaiden Galloway to erase a slight deficit early in the third and improve to 9-0.

• Aurora prep sports scoreboard, Jan. 8, here.

• The Aurora Central boys basketball team eventually pulled away from visiting Highlands Ranch for a 59-51 non-league boys basketball victory on Jan. 7 at Aurora Central High School. Photo gallery, here.

• Individual wins by junior Jordyn Richey and sophomore Natalie Rotondo weren’t quite enough for the Smoky Hill girls swim team, which competed well in a 194-110 Centennial League dual meet loss Jan. 7 at Cherry Creek High School. Coach Scott Cohen came away pleased with the Buffs’ return to competition from winter break and preparation for their upcoming Smoky Hill Invitational. Photo gallery, here.

• Aurora prep sports scoreboard, Jan. 7, here.

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