Liberty 77, Coronado 27
At Liberty: More times than not, the shortest player on the court for Liberty makes the biggest impact.
And Friday, it was no different. Standing 5-foot-10 on his tiptoes, AJ Bohuslavsky scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and the Lancers (5-3) beat Coronado (3-7) to win their fourth game in their past five tries.
Bohuslavsky averages 20 points, and has led the team in scoring in each of their eight games this season.
On Liberty's first game back from winter break, however, he wasn't the only one putting up big numbers as Matt Gosselin scored 15 and Dallin Page added another 11 points in the rout.
The Lancers, as a whole though, never missed a beat. They pushed to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter and went into half up 40-15. Their coach, Ivan Chambers, said it was their best effort this season, on the bus ride home.
"Well it was our best four-quarter effort for sure," said Chambers, who didn't want to dismiss the team's 69-61 comeback win against Lewis-Palmer last month. "We came out tonight and had great defensive intensity and kept it throughout."
For Coronado, in the loss, Lyndon Lewis scored a team-high 13 points. The Cougars, meanwhile, have lost three straight.
Sand Creek 65, Canon City 49
At Canon City: Sand Creek (6-1) came out tentative and uneasy in the first half against Canon City (4-5).
That's why its offensive surge in the second half was all the sweeter.
Dylan Clark scored all 20 of his points in the second half, Brycen Glaser added another 13 points of his own all together and the Scorpions came out with five fastbreak layups early to overcome a 24-19 first-half deficit.
"We didn't play anywhere near the way we should have in the first half," Sand Creek coach Joe Rausch said. "Maybe because it was our first game out of break, and a lot because Canon City just put it to us early. But I'm glad to see we got aggressive and kind of forced our will in the second half."
The Scorpions, the No. 3 4A boys' basketball team in the area, led 38-35 after three quarters before scoring 27 fourth-quarter points.
Heritage 52, Mesa Ridge 49
At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge's comeback bid fell short against Heritage in its first game off of winter break.
The Grizzlies (3-6) lost their fifth-straight game, and are 1-4 in games decided by five points or less.
Friday, they fell back 16-8 after the first quarter, and never regained enough momentum to pull ahead for good.
Heritage shot 46 percent from outside the perimeter (6 for 13) in the win.
Mesa Ridge, looking to get back in the win column, hosts Canon City on Tuesday.
Liberty 50, Coronado 43
At Coronado: Liberty (4-2) won its second game in a row, while Coronado (3-5) lost for the third time in four games.
The Lancers are 3-0 when holding their opponent to less than 50 points this season.
Lewis-Palmer 11, Valor Christian 4
At CSC East Rink: Lewis-Palmer (8-1) just kept finding the back of the net.
After leading 4-1 after the first period, the Rangers scored six more goals in the second period in their eventual rout over Valor Christian.
Dustin Jones went for the hat trick and Casey McMullin added another two for the area's top ranked hockey team.
Rangers goalie Noah Vanderbeck, meanwhile, made seven saves in the win.
Steamboat Springs 4, Pine Creek 0
Howelsen Ice: After a fast start to the season, Pine Creek (3-3) has lost its footing of late.
The Eagles, the No. 3 hockey team in the area, have lost three in a row, including Friday night's shutout loss to Steamboat Springs.
The Sailors outshot Pine Creek 35-13, and scored their first three goals in a span of 8 minutes and 4 seconds in the first period.
Quinn Cain and Andrew Firestone scored back-to-back goals in less than a minute against Eagles netminder Conor Chmelka before Ben Wharton added a power-play goal with 57 seconds left in the frame to give Steamboat the 3-0 lead.
Chmelka managed to make 31 saves on the night, however.
Instead, the signs of struggle are starting to reveal itself at the offensive end. After scoring 19 goals in their first three games, the Eagles have scored only three times on their losing streak.
Peyton 48, Aurora Central
At Aurora Central: It didn't take long for Peyton wrestler Trystan Hanks to secure his match win Thursday.
In the 145-pound weight class, Hanks added to lopsided dual with a pin against Ernesto Castillo in 41 seconds.
He wasn't alone in that feat either. Elsewhere for the Panthers, Britton Holmes pinned Daniel Gonzalez-Beltran 42 seconds into the first round in 126s; Wyatt Lee did the same to Omar Gonzalez at the 2:42 mark in 132s; and Jimmy Matthews (152s) and Steven Reinwald (160s) followed with back-to-back pins later in the dual.
Aurora Central's lone win in the dual came by forfeit.