Boys hoops: Golden Eagles in control of Continental race

Jim Benton

Unbeaten and second-ranked Mountain Vista, coming off a 78-72 overtime victory over No. 3 ThunderRidge, is in the driver’s seat to win the Continental League boys basketball championship.

The Golden Eagles, 7-0 in league play, entertained Castle View Tuesday and has remaining games at Chaparral, against Legend and at Highlands Ranch.

“We’re just taking one game at a time, doing the things we do well and trying to get those Ws no matter what,” said senior guard Elijah Valdez.

Regis Jesuit and ThunderRidge entered this week’s action a game behind Mountain Vista with 6-1 loop


Defending Class 5A state champion Chaparral could have a say in the eventual champion since the Wolverines play both Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge.

Including last Tuesday games, Mountain Vista faces teams with a combined 14-14 league record. ThunderRidge, which has games against Chaparral, Regis, Castle View and Rock Canyon, meets teams with a combined 12-16 loop record while the Raiders remaining opponents have a 10-18 combined record in league play.

MOUNTAIN VISTA - Mitch Carter had 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 68-47 win over Ponderosa and Jake Pemberton tossed in 27 points as the Golden Eagles beat ThunderRidge in overtime, 78-72, in a first place showdown.

THUNDERRIDGE - Joe Marucci’s 21 points paced the Grizzlies’ 73-47 win over Heritage. Marucci put on a show, especially late in the game, when he scored 25 points in the loss to Mountain Vista.

LEGEND - The Titans went 3-0 last week.

Blake Truman led the way in a 70-50 triumph over Castle View.

The Titans connected on 50 percent of their 3-pointers (9 for 18) in a 64-39 non-league win over Grand Junction. Jonathan Cosmann had 16 points in the win.

Zach Mihalicz scored 13 points and Taylor Jenson added 12 in a 49-41 victory over Ponderosa.

CHAPARRAL - The hot-shooting Wolverines shot 56 percent from the field and Jake Holtzmann had 18 points in a 58-46 win over Rock Canyon.

Wil Keyser scored 20 points and Chaparral made 52 percent of its field goal attempts in a 69-49 whipping of Douglas County.

HIGHLANDS RANCH - Regis Jesuit outscored the Falcons 37-17 in the second half to earn a 61-41 win over Highlands Ranch. Zach Braxton scored 15 points but the Falcons shot only 26 percent in the loss.

Evan Motlong’s 15 points was tops for Highlands Ranch in a 54-34 triumph over Rock Canyon. Braxton had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds despite Highlands Ranch making only 38 percent of its field goal attempts.

Top-ranked Denver East downed Highlands Ranch 73-54 in a non-league game that saw Motlong and Braxton each score 11 points.

ROCK CANYON - The Jaguars suffered losses to Chaparral and Highlands Ranch. Sophomore Tyler Garcia led Rock Canyon in both games with 17 and 10 point efforts.

VALOR CHRISTIAN - Chase Foster had a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds as the Eagles rolled to a 70-48 win over Vista Peak.

Valor improved to 17-4 on the season with a 66-63 win over Cheyenne Mountain. The Lions trailed by two points heading into the fourth quarter but rallied to win as Foster finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds.