Mustangs beat by Monarch in state tourney second round
LOUISVILLE - No. 5 Ralston Valley had its season come to an end in the second round of the 5A Colorado High School State Tournament.
After defeating No. 12 Smokey Hill 77-54 on Feb. 27, the Mustangs fell to fourth-seeded Monarch 69-61 Saturday at Monarch High School.
Down by just one point going into the fourth quarter the Mustangs ran out of gas against a Monarch team that caught fire late.
Behind a pair of 22-point scoring efforts by Ben Beauchamp and Jay MacIntyre the Coyotes outscored Ralston Valley 24-17 in the final quarter.
Although Ralston Valley envisioned making it to the Sweet 16, if not further, this season wasn’t a disappointment for the Mustangs.
The team finished third (16-9, 11-5) in 5A Jeffco in a year where the team is as good as it has ever been.
Moreover, after starting the season 1-4, the Mustangs won eight of their next nine games.
After its first round upset, No. 10 Arvada West was taken down in the second round of the state tournament by No. 2 Eaglecrest 52-35 Saturday at Eaglecrest High School.
The Wildcats had another upset in mind and hung around with Eaglecrest for three quarters.
A-West was down just seven points going into the fourth quarter against one of the best teams in 5A.
However, their luck ran out as Eaglecrest ran them out of the gym, outscoring A-West 17-7 in the final quarter.
A-West sophomore Dhillion Greene scored 11 points, and sophomore Thomas Neff scored 10 points in the loss.
The Wildcats did leave their mark on the tournament upsetting No. 7 Montbello 52-41 Wednesday in their gym.
In addition, the future of A-West basketball is so bright the Wildcats might have to wear sunglasses on the court next season.
The Wildcats are loaded with young talent and their three top players are all underclassmen.
Suddenly red hot Faith Christian used a pair of back-to-back wins at Metro League Districts to qualify for the 3A state tournament over the weekend.
The reigning state champions will have a tough road to repeat at No. 21, but after struggling for much of the season, the Eagles are happy to be playing No. 12 Centauri Friday at 5 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School.
Faith Christian beat Jefferson Academy 53-40 on Friday and then beat Bishop Machebeuf 53-40 Saturday.
In addition, after sitting at 5-9 at one point in the season, the Eagles have now won seven of their last eight games, and are now one of the hottest teams rolling into the state tournament.