Posted On: 12/19/16 9:40 PM
Top teams held strong this week, but there was a new face and some movement in the bottom half of the top 10.
Check it out:
1. Pueblo West (4-0; Last week: 1)
In another light week, the Cyclones beat 5A Palmer 70-49 in its only game of the week behind 20 points from 5-11 junior guard Nieyeme Smyer-Williams.
2. Valor Christian (5-2; LW: 2)
The Eagles are off to an impressive 2-1 start in the top division of the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas. Kayle Knuckles, a 6-6 senior forward, has been huge so far this season, averaging 18.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
3. Sand Creek (7-1; LW: 3)
The Scorpions went 2-0 last week with a rout of Ponderosa and nail-biting 61-59 victory over Sierra. D’Shawn Schwartz has looked every bit the player of the year, averaging 25.3 points and 10 rebounds per game. Jeffrey Gary, a 6-4 transfer from Austin, Texas, has added an impressive 19.6 per game.
4. Holy Family (5-1; LW: 4)
It was a very impressive week for the Tigers, with victories over 5A Broomfield and on the road against Sierra. Holy Family has been very balanced, with five players averaging more than seven points per game.
5. Golden (8-1; LW: 5)
The Demons breezed to three wins last week over Cheyenne East, Brighton and Windsor. Golden now has a lengthy break before beginning league play at Wheat Ridge on Jan. 5.
6. Vista PEAK (7-0; LW: 6)
The Bison stayed perfect by grabbing a 71-66 victory in a marquee matchup against No. 10 Lewis-Palmer. Four different VP players scored at least 14 points in the game.
7. Mead (6-1; LW: 7)
The Mavericks ran to Grand Junction Central, Discovery Canyon and Pueblo Central by an average of 29.3 points. Mead has received big play from Alex Sandstrom, a 6-6 senior who is averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
8. Northridge (6-1; LW: unranked)
The Grizzlies are finding ways to win close games. That’s due in large part to the play of 6-3 senior guard Oscar Maldonado, who is averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
9. Sierra (3-3; LW: 8)
The Stallions narrowly missed a huge upset when they fell to Sand Creek 61-59. CJ Jennings has been lights out (24.3 points per game), but Sierra is also getting a huge boost from 6-2 senior forward Dondre Savage, who is averaging nine points and 13.2 rebounds per game.
10. D’Evelyn (6-2; LW: 9)
The Jaguars have been led to a strong start by 6-5 junior forward Charles Dinegar, who is averaging 15.6 points and 8.4 rebounds so far this season.