Boys' basketball state playoff capsules

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Photo - Lewis-Palmer's Drew Blomberg (33) celebrates his three point basket in the fourth quarter against D'Evelyn during the CHSAA Boys 4A quarterfinals at D'Evelyn High School in Denver, Saturday, March 4, 2017. Lewis-Palmer defeated D'Evelyn 80-77 in 2OT. JUSTIN EDMONDS, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Lewis-Palmer's Drew Blomberg (33) celebrates his three point basket in the fourth quarter against D'Evelyn during the CHSAA Boys 4A quarterfinals at D'Evelyn High School in Denver, Saturday, March 4, 2017. Lewis-Palmer defeated D'Evelyn 80-77 in 2OT. JUSTIN EDMONDS, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

There aren't many teams left standing now in boys' basketball.

The best of the best have worked their way deep into the postseason, with Class 4A and 5A into the semifinals and 3A, 2A and 1A into the state tournament.

The Pikes Peak region is well represented, with Lewis-Palmer in the 4A semis and Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs Christian School possibly on a collision course in the 3A semis.

Here's a glance at matchups in the next round.

Class 4A semifinals

No. 6 Lewis-Palmer vs. No. 2 Pueblo South

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Where: At Denver Coliseum

What to know: Lewis-Palmer (22-4) comes in off that thrilling double-overtime victory. Pueblo South (20-6) edged rival and defending champ Pueblo West by two in the quarterfinals. The Rangers, into the semifinals for the second time in three seasons, beat the Colts 54-47 down in Pueblo way back on Dec. 15. After that, the Rangers dropped two straight before going on their current 18-game winning streak. The Colts won six straight after the loss, then dropped two and are now on a 10-game winning streak. Three players average double-digit scoring for South, led by Deshiloh Stanley's 15.4 points per game. Three players also average in double figures for L-P. Joel Scott is tops on the team at 14.0 ppg, followed by Billy Cook (13.3 ppg, 6.4 rebounds per game) and Angelo Battistelli's 13.1 ppg.

 

Class 3A quarterfinals

No. 10 Sterling vs. No. 2 Manitou Springs

When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Where: At University of Denver, Hamilton Gym

What to know: Manitou Springs (22-2) has two losses to one team - CSCS. Other than that, the Mustangs are 22-0. That makes this quarterfinal look like a daunting task for Sterling (19-5). But the Tigers have two losses to No. 4 Resurrection Christian (eliminated last week), two losses to teams from Nebraska and a loss to No. 14 Lutheran (also eliminated), so they've seen their share of tough competition. Bodie Hume leads the Tigers with 16.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg. The Mustangs have three players averaging more than 10 ppg and another just under. Lucas Rodholm leads the way with 15.5, while Cole Sienknecht adds 13.8 ppg.

No. 6 Denver S&T Stapleton vs. CSCS

When: Thursday, 1:15 p.m.

Where: At University of Denver, Hamilton Gym

What to know: Denver Science & Tech Stapleton (21-3) has won 17 straight and hasn't had a postseason game (districts or playoffs) closer than 16 points. Two of the Knights' three losses have come to 4A teams, while the other was at the hands of 3A No. 1 Kent Denver. The back-to-back defending champion Lions (22-2) have won 14 in a row. Their only losses are to 5A Rampart and 4A defending champion Pueblo West. Justin Engesser leads the Lions with 21.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg. Teammates Noah Hopkins (13.2 ppg) and Zach Wismer (10.0) also score in double digits. Three players average in double digits for the Knights, led by Blake Pullen (16.4 ppg).