Published: March 9, 2014
Manitou Springs senior guard Chase Megyeri knows the best basketball talent in the family isn't either of his two older brothers Josh or Jesse - despite the pair's success at the collegiate level. He also knows it's not him - even though he averages a team-high 16.7 points for Mustangs this season.
Nope, even Chase, who has a competitive streak meant for two people, can admit the real basketball prodigy in the Megyeri family is younger sister Shelby.
Today he's just glad he can help show her the way.
So is Manitou Springs for that matter.
On a Saturday where both Manitou Springs basketball teams leapt into the 3A quarterfinals in the same year for the first time in school history, Chase hit the "Shot Heard 'Round the State" when he drained a 3 at the buzzer to help 16-seed Manitou Springs beat top-seeded Jefferson Academy 36-35 Saturday.
Shelby, a freshman, scored a team-high 21 points to help lift the seventh-seed girls' team to a 42-37 win over 10-seed Grand Valley.
On Sunday afternoon, Chase still didn't know which win excited him more.
"I get just as excited when she wins as when I win - unless we are playing each other," said Megyeri, who scored 17 in the first round of the postseason and 19 Saturday. "We both just want to keep helping our teams win and do the best we can."
And it might be good enough for two teams that have proven they can contend for a title despite two glaring concerns. (The boys' team is small - tallest player: James Finsterwald is 6-foot-1 - and the girls' team is young - only two seniors and no juniors).
"We feel like we can have some of the success that a lot of our teams here have had this year," Mustangs boys coach Ken Vecchio said, referring to Manitou's athletic surge this school year with its girls' swimming team, volleyball team and football team each having dominant seasons.
"It's exciting now with both our basketball teams pushing forward here."
The teams' dream seasons continue Thursday at the Air Force Academy. The girls' team will look to extend its seven-game win streak, as well as its season against two-seed Pagosa Springs at 7 p.m. While the boys' team, which could be without starting point guard Mick Prather (foot) for the third consecutive game, will try for another upset when it faces No. 9 Faith Christian at 8:30 p.m.
"It's kicking in that these are my last couple of games in high school," said Chase, whose coach acknowledged the senior's past two games have been the best of his career. "It's a fun time and I'm so lucky I can share it with one of my favorite people in the world" . his sister.