Conference Preview

Posted On: 02/23/16 2:24 PM

The Chauncey Billups Region of the Class 5A State Tournament, which this season includes the George Washington team Billups played for before starring at Colorado and then in the NBA, has an enticing mix of squads with varying styles of play.

It includes the league champions in the Continental League (Overland), the JeffCo (Chatfield) and the Denver Public (George Washington).

Below is a look at the top four seeds, as well as a breakdown of each of the four first-round matchups:


No. 1 ThunderRidge (20-3)
The Grizzlies, last year's state runners-up, are on a roll as they enter the tournament, winners of six straight and 11 out of their last 12. They hung on for a share of the league crown by virtue of a 65-61 overtime victory over Mountain Vista last Friday.

Next up: ThunderRidge will host the winner of Lincoln and Legacy on Saturday.

Billups Region

No. 2 Chatfield (21-2)
It could be argued that the Chargers deserved a top seed after winning 12 straight games and rolling through JeffCo play at a perfect 14-0. They are state title contenders.

Next up: Chatfield will

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