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Boys' 4A Basketball Capsules

By: Brent W. New preps@gazette.com
March 13, 2014 Updated: March 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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No. 2 Sand Creek (21-5) vs. No. 2 Pueblo East (21-5)

Where: Coors Events Center

When: Friday, 4 p.m.

Last time in tournament for area team: The second-seeded Scorpions lost to top-seeded Valor Christian in the 4A quarterfinals last season.

Quick hits: This isn't one of those just-glad-to-be-here stories for Sand Creek and its coach Joe Rausch. In the school's first semifinals appearance, the Scorpions believe they can push their already historic season into a 4A state title run.

And who could blame them?

Sand Creek's seniors Dylan Clark, Langston Bell, Nick Pasley and Micheal DeCarmo have led the team in scoring this year and all have the ability to go for 20-some-odd points on any night.

Scary enough, however, the Scorpions' true staple has been their defense. In fact, Rausch's bunch punched their ticket to Boulder after they held high-scoring D'Evelyn to four points in the fourth quarter en route to a 19-4 run in the frame and a 58-51 victory.

Pueblo East slowed top-seeded Valor Christian's offense in a 62-56 overtime win in the quarterfinals.

"I don't know if either our win or their win will have any momentum come next Friday," Rausch said. "I think they were both great wins, but Friday will come down to who is the better team on that day - nothing else."

No. 2 Cheyenne Mountain (21-5) vs. No. 2 Denver South (18-8)

Where: Coors Events Center

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Last time in tournament for area team: On its way to the state title, Lewis-Palmer ousted Cheyenne Mountain in the quarterfinals last season.

Quick hits: In the quarterfinals, Cheyenne Mountain senior Ghassan Nehme started off cold from the field, going 12 of 29 against top-billed Thompson Valley.

Nehme rallied the Indians with 41 points, which included a four-point play in the waning seconds of the second overtime to oust the Eagles 84-81.

"When you have a player like that, you have to say he's going to miss some. If I told him not to, he maybe wouldn't have made that last shot," Indians coach J'on St. Clair said after the game.

Next up, Ghassan, his brother Christian (who added 20 points in the quarterfinals) and the rest of Cheyenne Mountain face a three-headed attack from Denver South.

South is led by seniors Ibrahim Sylla (14.6), Tyson Purifoy (12.4) and Lorenzo Snoddy (11.7). All have scored more than 20 points this season, but none of them have hit 30.

Brent W. New, The Gazette

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