LITTLETON — Columbine’s boys basketball had no interest in sharing the Class 5A Jeffco League title this season. Columbine and Arvada West finished conference play with 10-4 records last year. …
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LITTLETON — Columbine’s boys basketball had no interest in sharing the Class 5A Jeffco League title this season.
Columbine and Arvada West finished conference play with 10-4 records last year. The Rebels and Wildcats split their two head-to-head meeting that resulted in both sharing the 5A Jeffco title in 2018.
“It feels really good and feels a bit better,” Columbine coach Clay Thielking said after the Rebels cut down the net in celebration Feb. 13.
Columbine (17-6, 8-0 in 5A Jeffco) won the conference title outright with a win against the same team it had to split the league championship last year. The Rebels defeated A-West 59-53 to officially clinch back-to-back league titles and won’t have to share this season.
A-West (17-6, 5-2), Ralston Valley (16-6, 5-2) and Valor Christian (11-12, 5-2) finished in a three-way tie for second place in the conference. The Wildcats got a big 56-48 victory over rival Ralston Valley on Feb. 15 to secure a top-16 seed and first-round bye for the postseason.
“This is a big accomplishment,” Thielking said. “These guys have got everyone’s best shot and they have responded. We’ve had our share of adversity. These guys have shown a lot of resilience to achieve this goal.”
While junior Luke O’Brien turned things on in the second half pouring in 14 of his team-high 18 points, it was senior Nehemiah Nua (10 points) and sophomore Treyvaughn Williams (12 points) who really sparked the second-half rally for the Rebels.
A-West played extremely well defensive in the first half against Columbine and used a trio of made 3-pointers during a span of a minute in the first quarter to take a led that the Wildcats held for most of the first half.
The Wildcats finished with eight 3-pointers on the night.
“Arvada West is a really good shooting team,” Williams said. “We tried to get out on shooters and make them go to the basket.”
Seniors Joseph Call (20 points) and Oliver Lindeblad (12 points), along with junior Josh Yago (11 points) led the way for the shorthanded Wildcats. A-West senior and leading scorer Josh Rogers missed his second straight game with a wrist injury.
Last year’s 5A Jeffco League MVP was hoping to get back on the court this week, but found out early this week that he has two broken bones in his wrist. The injury ends the season for Rogers.
A-West grabbed the No. 14 seed and will host the winner of Prairie View/Fountain-Fort Carson in the second round on Saturday, Feb. 23. Despite the loss to A-West, Ralston Valley is the No. 12 seed. The Mustangs host the winner of Gateway/Denver East on Saturday too.
Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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