Posted On: 02/13/17 5:12 PM
There are a lot of league titles on the line this week.
Here are our final regular-season rankings in 3A:
1. Resurrection Christian (18-0; LW: 1)
The Cougars can complete a perfect record in the regular season if it can get by visiting Frontier Academy on Tuesday. Think 19-0 would be a good response to jumping up a classification?
2. Colorado Springs Christian (16-2; LW: 2)
The Lions can wrap a perfect 11-0 mark in the 3A Tri-Valley League with a victory Monday night over Florence. Noah Hopkins (13.4 points per game) continues to be a great sidekick to CSC star Justin Engesser this season and the 5-11 senior guard will be a player to watch in the playoffs.
3. Manitou Springs (17-1; LW: 3)
At 9-1 in the Tri-Valley League, the Mustangs can still share the league title if they beat James Irwin on Tuesday and Florence upsets Colorado Springs Christian on Monday night. Either way, Manitou is poised to push for a title when the playoffs start next week. Cole Sienknecht led three scorers in double figures with 18 points during last week’s win over Buena Vista.
4. Kent Denver (15-3; LW: 4)
After beating Lutheran to begin last week, the Sun Devils dropped their first game in about five weeks when they suffered a 63-47 loss to Jefferson Academy. Kent Denver will try to clinch at least a share of the 3A/2A Metro League title on Wednesday night when it hosts Bishop Machebeuf.
5. Sterling (15-3; LW: 5)
The Tigers could still share the 3A/2A Patriot League title if Frontier Academy can upset No. 1 Resurrection Christian on Tuesday. Sterling closes its regular season Friday with a non-conference game against Lutheran, hoping to boosts its playoff resume in the final game of the season.
6. DSST Stapleton (15-3; LW: 8)
After a big win over Arrupe Jesuit last week, behind 17 points from senior guard Blake Pullen, has put the Knights in position to go 12-0 and win the 3A/2A Frontier League if they can beat Lake County on Tuesday.
7. Alamosa (17-2; LW: 6)
The Maroons are now just sitting back and waiting after finishing their regular season last week by going 2-1, with wins over Buena Vista and Monte Vista and a heartbreaking 65-62 loss to Bayfield. Alamosa will still win the 3A Intermountain League title outright if Montezuma Cortez can upset Bayfield on Tuesday. Otherwise the Bayfield and Alamosa will share the title.
8. Basalt (15-2; LW: 7)
Michael Glen kept up his all-3A candidacy by averaging 20 points in two games last week — a 58-52 loss to league rival Coal Ridge and a 71-41 rout of Grand Valley. Basalt and Coal Ridge enter the week tied at 6-1 in the 3A Western Slope League. Basalt closes with games against Aspen and Olathe. Coal Ridge plays Olathe and Gunnison.
9. Strasburg (15-3; LW: 9)
The Indians went 2-1 last week, beating Liberty Common and Limon and losing their battle to No. 1 Resurrection Christian. Strasburg lost its shot of winning the Patriot League title, but guard Conner Martin did go over the 1,000-point career mark last week and can help boost his team’s playoff seeding with a win over Estes Park in the regular-season finale on Tuesday.
10. Manual (12-5; LW: unranked)
The ThunderBolts were locked in a tight game with Bishop Machebeuf at the Pepsi Center on Monday at the time of this publishing. Wins over the Buffaloes and Wednesday against Faith Christian would keep Manual’s hopes of winning the Metro League title alive.