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Posted On: 01/22/17 6:24 PM
The action is heating up in 5A after a big week of ranked matchups. The excitement should only intensify with more marquee matchup on deck.
Here’s a look at where the 5A rankings stand heading into the week of Jan. 23:
1. ThunderRidge (13-1; LW: 1)
The Grizzlies remain the only 5A team that hasn’t lost an in-state game. In its only game last week — an 83-61 victory over Douglas County — ThunderRidge had four scorers in double figures, led by Corey Seng’s 19 points. The Grizzlies face Castle View and Legend this week.
2. George Washington (14-2; LW: 2)
The high-flying Patriots have scored at least 74 points in each of their last four games, all victories. G-Dub opened up Denver Public League play last Tuesday with a 91-69 win over the Far Northeast Warriors and then scored a 74-56 non-league victory over Regis Jesuit on Saturday. Calvin Fugett Jr. averaged 20 points in the two wins.
3. Chatfield (14-1; LW: 3)
The Chargers ran their state-best win streak to 13 straight games last week with lopsided victories over Bear Creek and Dakota Ridge. Chatfield is now 6-0 in JeffCo League play.
4. Rock Canyon (13-2; LW: 4)
The Jaguars put together one of the more impressive performances of the season last Tuesday when they blitzed Regis Jesuit 67-38. Rock Canyon’s 6-1 junior guard Tyson Gilbert has made a big impact since becoming eligible as a transfer shortly after the new year. The Jags will try to move to 4-0 in the Continental League this week with games against Heritage and at Mountain Vista.
5. Grandview (14-1; LW: 5)
The Wolves continue to ride the dynamic duo of LeChaun Duhart and Gage Prim, but the role players have also been stepping up big of late. Prim’s younger brother, 6-3 sophomore Dayne Prim, is averaging 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
6. Eaglecrest (11-3; LW: 8)
Championship experience is beginning to show for the Raptors. Trailing much of the second half against Smoky Hill on Friday, ‘Crest rallied all the way back and pulled off a thrilling 64-63 victory on Colbey Ross’ game-winning 3-pointer. The Raptors have a big week coming up with games at Denver East (Monday), at Cherokee Trail (Wednesday) and home against Overland (Friday).
7. Smoky Hill (11-4; LW: 6)
The Buffs showed their talent in turning a 30-22 halftime deficit against Eaglecrest into a 44-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But the dagger by Ross left the Buffs disappointed. There is little time for licking wounds. The Buffs visit Cherry Creek on Wednesday before traveling to Grandview on Friday, a rematch of a game won 78-66 by the Wolves on Jan. 4.
8. Denver East (10-4; LW: 9)
The Angels returned to the court for the first time in 12 days to eke out a one-possession victory over Thomas Jefferson in the Denver Public League opener. A matchup with Eaglecrest on Monday will be a good barometer for an East team still trying to master its chemistry.
9. Doherty (10-3; LW: 10)
The Spartans had only one game last week, and it was a thriller. Brevin Brimble scored 29 points and Emmanuel Burleson added 23 in an 89-87 overtime win over rival Rampart. Doherty plays at Liberty on Thursday and then turns around and hosts the Lancers on Saturday, aiming to improve to 6-0 in Colorado Springs Metro League play.
10. Cherry Creek (12-3; LW: 7)
The Bruins struggled last week in losses to Centennial League powers Eaglecrest and Grandview. Jalen Meeks and company will try to get back on track this week with games against Smoky Hill and Cherokee Trail.