Second-round capsules for 5A, 4A boys' basketball playoffs

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After a first round with plenty of surprises, the top-seeded teams in the state jump into competition to try and knock down any upstarts.

Let's see what happens in the second rounds of the 5A and 4A boys' basketball tournaments.

Class 5A

No. 27 Arapahoe vs. No. 6 Doherty

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: At Doherty

What to know: The Spartans (20-3) ran the table in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League, though not without a couple tests - an overtime win over Rampart, a six-point win over Pine Creek. Their 14-game winning streak will be on the line against an Arapahoe (10-14) team that has won just three of the last 13. The Warriors beat No. 38 Pine Creek by three in the first round. Kyle Lukasiewicz, who scored eight against Pine Creek, leads the Warriors with a 17.5 points-per-game average. Brevin Brimble leads Doherty with 20.3 ppg. Joe Golden averages 9.0 ppg and 8.5 rebounds per game.

No. 17 Vista Ridge vs. No. 16 Lakewood

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Lakewood

What to know: Still not sure how Vista Ridge (18-6) worked out to be a 17 seed, according to RPI. The Wolves' first three losses were to No. 9 Denver East, No. 21 Far Northeast Warriors and No. 15 Rampart, and all before winter break. Since, the Wolves are 17-3 and were co-5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference champs. Lakewood (17-6) finished second in the 5A Jeffco League, led by Jacob Storey (20.0 ppg), Kolton Peterson (18.2) and Dallas Bailey (13.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Vista Ridge is led by Hunter Maldonado's 23.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg and Noah Beatty's 11.7 ppg.

No. 18 Cherokee Trail vs. No. 15 Rampart

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: At Rampart

What to know: Cherokee Trail (13-11) opened the season on a five-game winning streak. Since, the Cougars are 8-11 and have lost four of their last seven. Rampart (17-6) is hoping to keep rolling, having won eight of nine, helping the Rams earn a first-round bye and a home game. Jaizec Lottie's 20.5 ppg lead the Cougars. The Rams boast four players who average in double figures, led by Jackson Ehrlin's 21.1 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Dawson Carper averages 16.2 ppg, 7.6 ppg.

No. 34 Liberty vs. No. 2 ThunderRidge

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: At ThunderRidge

What to know: A tough test for Liberty (13-11) to be sure. The Lancers have won three in a row, punctuated by Wednesday's 13-point upset win over No. 31 Monarch. With just two losses, we had to check to see when the Grizzlies (21-2) last loss. We didn't have to go far, since they lost their regular-season finale, a one-point defeat to No. 5 Rock Canyon. But that's the only team in Colorado to beat ThunderRidge, which lost to Godby (Fla.) back in December. Corey Seng leads the Grizzlies with 22.1 ppg, while Kaison Hammonds averages 13.6. Liberty is led by Moz Doria and his 15.7 ppg.

No. 39 Fountain-Fort Carson vs. No. 7 Chatfield

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: At Chatfield

What to know: Fountain-Fort Carson (10-14), the second lowest seed still remaining, is looking for another playoff shocker. Coming off the 59-54 win over No. 26 Rocky Mountain, the Trojans now get a one-loss team in Chatfield (22-1). The 5A Jeffco champs went 14-0 in league and have won 21 consecutive games. T.J. Lucero averaged 15.5 points through 22 games for the Trojans, while Djimon O'Neil averaged 12.4. The Chargers have five players who average in double figures, led by Joe Miks (14.6) and Titus Reed (14.5).

Class 4A

No. 38 Wheat Ridge vs. No. 6 Lewis-Palmer

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Lewis-Palmer

What to know: Lewis-Palmer (19-4) is the highest seeded 4A boys' team from the region and looking to make at least another run to the quarterfinals as the Rangers did last season. Wheat Ridge (10-14) snapped a two-game losing streak with a playoff-opening upset victory. Lewis-Palmer's win streak is up to 15, as Joel Scott (13.9 ppg), Angelo Battistelli (13.4) and Billy Cook (13.2) lead the way. The Farmers are led by Travis Cowan (16.8) and Naishon Thomas (14.8).

No. 22 Pueblo Central vs. No. 11 Sierra

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Sierra

What to know: Pueblo Central (10-14) has probably spent the last two days trying to figure out two things: How to stop CJ Jennings and how to score against that Stallions defense. Sierra (19-4) held Central to 28 points in a 46-28 win in December, with Jennings scoring 21. Central never scored more than eight points in any quarter that game. In its regular-season finale, the Stallions saw their 16-game winning streak snapped (that win streak started with the win over the Wildcats). Central's Isiah Collins averages 10.1 ppg, while Jarrod Garcia averages 10.0. Jennings leads the Stallions with 20.9 ppg.

No. 19 Thompson Valley vs. No. 14 Sand Creek

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: At Sand Creek

What to know: Since losing three of four, Sand Creek (18-5) has reeled off four straight wins including a victory over rival Vista Ridge to end the regular season. Now the Scorpions get a Thompson Valley (15-9) team that's won six of seven. The Eagles went 8-6 in the Northern League, which was good for third. Four players average more than 10 points per game for the Eagles, led by Justin Wiersema (15.1 ppg). D'shawn Schwartz leads Sand Creek at 26.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg, while Jeffrey Gary goes for 19.7 ppg.

No. 17 Widefield vs. No. 16 Mesa Ridge

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Mesa Ridge

What to know: Colorado Springs Metro League rivals? Check. District rivals? Check. Split the season series? Check. Is there a more exciting second-round game than this? Tough to beat. Widefield (17-7) has won seven of eight. Mesa Ridge (17-6) has won five in a row, it's last loss coming to Widefield. The Gladiators have three players who average double-digit scoring - Tre Pierre (18.3 ppg), TJ Davis (16.8) and Daz Rogers (12.2). The Grizzlies go four deep in double figures, three of them averaging more than 14 points. Dalen Jackson leads the way with 16.0 ppg, followed by Deven Nelson (14.5) and Dylan Mileto (14.3).

No. 23 Palmer Ridge vs. No. 10 Silver Creek

When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Where: At Silver Creek

What to know: Silver Creek (20-3) has outscored opponents by an average of 23.1 points per game and has won eight of nine. Palmer Ridge (13-11) has been up and down, but Wednesday's win showed how up the Bears can be when they beat No. 42 Pueblo East in the first round by 31. That snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bears, who had won four straight before that. The Raptors have three players who average double digits in scoring, led by Trent Dykema (19.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg). Cory McLellan averages 12.7 ppg to lead Palmer Ridge.

No. 28 Falcon vs. No. 5 Holy Family

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: At Holy Family

What to know: Falcon (12-12) outscored No. 37 Green Mountain in every quarter of their first-round match, marking their fourth consecutive victory. Holy Family (19-4) rolled through the Tri-Valley League at 14-0. The Tigers have won 10 in a row. Falcon's Morisse Daniels averages 12.6 ppg, while Reece Warren goes for 12.0 ppg. A pair of sophomores lead the Tigers in scoring with Tanner Baird at 13.0 ppg and Kyle Helbig 11.5.

No. 30 Cheyenne Mountain vs. No. 3 D'Evelyn

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where: At D'Evelyn

What to know: Cheyenne Mountain (9-15) had all cylinders clicking in its first-round win over No. 35 Harrison, a good way to put a challenging regular season behind it. But D'Evelyn (19-4) will be a huge step up. The Jaguars have won four straight and finished second in the 4A Jeffco League. CJ Olson leads D'Evelyn with 15.3 ppg, while Charles Dinegar averages 14.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg. Luke Martin leads the Indians with 14.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg. Will Louis averages 11.8 ppg.

scott kaniewski, the gazette