Posted On: 11/16/15 10:30 PM

(Photo credit: Aurora Sentinel)

In basketball, much as in life, the closing of one door often provides the opening to the others.

David Thornton, a 6-foot-5 senior forward at Cherokee Trail, found himself hit with a bittersweet feeling when the calendar closed on his final summer with the Colorado Hawks.

"It’s sad that I have to leave my brothers,” Thornton said. “I’ve been knowing those guys for so long, especially De’Ron (Davis). We’ve known each other since we were so little and playing football together. We’re all still family. Experience-wise, it was always great ever since I first came to the Hawks and we’d go out of town and play (on the Adidas circuit). I loved the atmosphere, loved playing big games against top players and top teams and having the environment of having top college coaches watching you. We had Coach K come to our games. It was always so surreal.”

Luckily, Thornton has plenty of great atmospheres to look forward to in his final season at Cherokee Trail, where he and the Cougars are eager to make a strong playoff push after suffering narrow upsets in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs each of the past

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