The Smoky Hill boys basketball team picked up one of its biggest wins in recent memory on Dec. 17, as the Buffs down Rangeview in overtime.
In moving to 3-1 on the young season, coach Keenon Clement’s team caught the Raiders from behind in the fourth quarter and outscored them 16-10 in a high-scoring extra session for a rousing 80-74 victory.
Five Smoky Hill players scored in double figures, led by Chris Williams with 20, Trent Clay and Unwana Ekiko 13 and Dalontae Kelly and Connor Mooney 10 apiece as the Buffs avenged an 84-48 loss on their home floor to Rangeview last season.
It was the second straight win over an Aurora Public Schools team for Smoky Hill, which downed Hinkley 82-61 Dec. 14 as Clay went for a team-high 24.
The Raiders (4-2) got 27 points from Jeremiah Paige, along with 14 from Tarren-Storey Way and 13 from Tim Wyatt.
• The Overland boys basketball team overwhelmed Gateway 98-55 in an all-Aurora meeting Dec. 17 at the Pepsi Center in Downtown Denver, as 12 different players scored at least two points for coach Danny Fisher’s team.
Moving to 2-0 against Colorado teams following a 1-2 performance at the tough Great Western Shootout in Orem, Utah, the Trailblazers built a double-digit lead near the end of the first period and kept the foot on the gas against the outmanned Olys.
Sophomore De’Ron Davis scored 12 points in the third quarter alone on his way to a game-high 18, while King Grant-Perry added 13 (including a variety of dunks) and Austin Conway, Reggie Gibson and Ryan Swan chipped in 10 apiece. Austin Hall had 16 points to pace Gateway, while Kamrin Bell and Nyerre Williams contributed 13 each.
• The Grandview girls basketball team won the Grandview Invitational with a 55-40 victory over D’Evelyn Dec. 14 at Cherokee Trail High School. The Wolves got another outstanding game from freshman Michaela Onyenwere, who was the only player in double figures with 18. In the semifinals, the Wolves needed double overtime to outlast Poudre.
Cherokee Trail finished fourth in the tournament with a close loss to Dakota Ridge.
• The Smoky Hill girls swim team finished second out of 12 teams at the Denver East Angels Invite on Dec. 14 at Manual High School. Also, Grandview finished 4th to lead four city teams competing at the popular Gateway Olys Invite. Rangeview finished 7th, Gateway 8th and Aurora Central 11th.
• The Class 5A state champion Grandview volleyball team was honored during an assembly to recognize fall sports teams and activities at the school on Dec. 13.
Representatives from the Army National Guard and MaxPreps stopped by to recognize the Wolves, who swept Arapahoe to win the 5A state title on Nov. 9 at the Denver Coliseum. Coach Patty Childress’ Grandview team finished No. 24 in MaxPreps’ final national rankings.