Boys' basketball: Class 3A and 2A playoff capsules

By: Brent W. New
March 6, 2014 Updated: March 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Capsules for boys' basketball area teams who open regional postseason play Friday.

Class 3A

No. 3 CSCS (19-3) vs. No. 30 Frontier Academy (12-11)

When/where: 6 p.m. Friday, at Colorado Springs Christian School

Last time in tournament for the area team: No. 2 CSCS lost to No. 15 Colorado Academy 51-49 in last year's round of 16.

Quick hits: After years of gut-wrenching losses in the postseason, Mark Engesser and CSCS give it another go after a dominant 2013-14 season. Led by 6-foot-7 sophomore Samuel Howard (averaging 18.7 points per game and 13.1 rebounds) and 6-8 junior Nic Doherty (8.3, 5.9) in the paint, the Lions won 17 games in a row and stayed perfect throughout the Tri-Peaks season on their way to their fourth consecutive district championship. Justin Engesser (13.6 ppg), Chris Hildenbrand (11.3) and Coronado-transfer Dante Fewell (10.1) also boasted tremendous length and shooting touch, which allowed CSCS to grab the third-seed in the tourney.


No. 16 Manitou Springs (12-10) vs. No. 17 Jefferson (12-11)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday, at Jefferson Academy

Last time in tournament: No. 14 Manitou Springs watched its offense go by the wayside in a 48-21 loss to No. 3 Holy Family in last year's round of 16.

Quick hits: Manitou Springs grabbed a No. 16 seed after a low-scoring 55-37 loss to CSCS in the Tri-Peaks championship. Led by leading-scorer Chase Megyeri's 16.6 points per game, the Mustangs have averaged 51.8 points this season. Jefferson, meanwhile, averages 58.8 points - a good portion of that coming in the second half. In fact, the Saints, who lost in the first round of last year's tournament, average 17.2 points in the fourth quarter (nearly six points better than Manitou Springs' 11.3 in the fourth quarter).


No. 8 Alamosa (13-9) vs. No. 25 The Classical Academy (12-11)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday, at Alamosa

Last time in tournament: No. 20 TCA lost to No. 13 Moffat County 66-64 in the first round last year.

Quick hits: TCA's Will Ball averages a double-double with 13.3 points and 10.2 rebounds. That's more points and rebounds than any player on Alamosa can claim. And it doesn't stop there. The Titans lead Alamosa in nearly every statistical category, including scoring (53.4-51.7), rebounds (34.9-26.8) and assists (11.3-8.6). The Maroons, however, went on a late-season rally and won the Intermountain League Tournament Championship to grab the eighth seed.


No. 15 Centauri (14-6) vs. No. 18 Ellicott (15-7)

When/where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Holy Family

Last time in tournament: Ellicott has not been in the tournament in more than nine seasons.

Quick hits: After years of winning one or two games an entire season, Ellicott won six consecutive games before they lost back-to-back games in the Tri-Peaks tournament this season. Javonte' Stewart leads the Thunderhawks on the offensive end and averages 13.3 points. Centauri, meanwhile, is hot and cold, scoring as many as 77 points in one game and as few as 21 in another.


No. 10 Aspen vs. No. 23 Florence

When/where: 5 p.m. Friday, at Brush

Last time in tournament: No. 26 Florence lost to Pagosa Springs 67-36 in the first round last year.

Quick hits: Matthew Miller averages a team-high 13.3 points and 8.5 assists for Florence, which won six of seven before losing back-to-back games in the Tri-Peaks tournament. Aspen, on the other hand, won 15 of its 16 league games. The Skiers are back in the tournament after falling in the round of 16 last year.


No. 6 Denver Science & Technology (17-5) vs. No. 27 James Irwin (14-8)

When/where: 5:30 p.m. Friday, at DS&T

Last time in tournament: No. 25 James Irwin lost to eighth-seeded Denver Science and Tech 69-65 in the first round last year.

Quick hits: Denver Science and Tech boasts 81.8 points per game. James Irwin, meanwhile, averages 56.4 points. Dante Blackburn (14.4 points), Elijah Shaw (13.9) and Josh Mohammed (12.9) lead a three-pronged attack for the Jaguars.


No. 11 St. Mary's (18-4) vs. No. 22 Coal Ridge (11-11)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday, at DS&T

Last time in tournament: St. Mary's lost to Eaton 52-34 in the first round in 2010.

Quick hits: A second-round loss in the Tri-Peaks tournament is probably the only thing that stood in front of the Pirates' chance at hosting a playoff game this season. Four years removed from their last tournament game, St. Mary's won 13 of its 14 league games this season. Coal Ridge, meanwhile, lost three of its final four games of the season.


Class 2A

Region 2

Calhan (8-12) vs. Crowley County (18-4)

When/where: 7:30 p.m. at Northeastern J.C.

Last regionals for the area team: Calhan lost to Sargent 48-35 after beating Rye in the first round in 2012.

Quick hits: Calhan lost in the District 8 championship to Simla 48-41, but not before impressive wins against Evangelical Christian Academy and Peyton to get there. The Bulldogs will need to slow down a Crowley team that averages more than 61 points and is led by the shooting touch of Nathan Baylor, who goes for more than 18 points a contest.


Region 6

Evangelical Christian Academy (10-12) vs. Rye (18-4)

When/where: 4:30 p.m. Friday, at Otero J.C.

Last regionals for the area team: ECA lost to Rye 78-59 in 2011.

Quick hits: Jacob Kohl averages 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds for ECA, which lost in the first round of districts to Calhan. The Eagles square off against Rye, which won the District 6 championship.


Region 7

Peyton (19-3) vs. Sedgwick County (15-7)

When/where: 4 p.m. Friday, Rocky Mountain High School

Last regionals for the area team: Peyton breezed out of regionals with a pair of wins last season and grabbed a one seed in the tournament. The top-seeded Panthers, however, were upset by No. 8 Sierra Grande in the quarterfinals.

Quick hits: Peyton's resume is good. The Panthers beat 3A tournament teams James Irwin and Manitou Springs in nonconference, and then won 14 of their final 15 games. Chris Epps leads the charge averaging 18.3 points. Sedgwick County, meanwhile, took third in District 2 after a 4-4 showing in the Lower Platte League.

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