Wednesday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon captures first postseason win since 2013

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(38) Discovery Canyon 75, (27) Pueblo East 49

At Pueblo East: Discovery Canyon surely didn't look like a team that ended the regular season on a five-game losing streak.

Zach Anderson scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds, Caleb Blackburn added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Discovery Canyon won its first playoff game since 2013 - previously the only postseason triumph in school history - by manhandling Pueblo East in a 4A first-round game.

Caleb Grotelueschen and Daryn Whisman added 10 points apiece for the Thunder (11-13), who led from the start and dominated the Eagles (13-11) on the boards by a 44-19 advantage.

Next up for Discovery Canyon is No. 6 Pueblo West on Saturday.

(22) Mesa Ridge 93, (43) Green Mountain 73

At Mesa Ridge: First-year Mesa Ridge coach Yantz Robinson didn't need to give his team a wake-up call after his Grizzlies found themselves behind after the first quarter against Green Mountain.

His team did it for him.

"They were talking to each other, and being a senior-heavy team, they know what to expect," said Robinson, who watched Mesa Ridge take control in the second quarter en route to victory. "That has played a major role for us this year."

Deven Nelson and DJ King each scored 21 points to pace six scorers in double figures, and the Grizzlies (17-7) opened the second quarter with a game-changing 20-5 run and never looked back.

By halftime, Mesa Ridge had a 49-31 lead, and the rout was on.

"I think we came out a little overconfident," Robinson said. "We settled down and realized this isn't any different from any other game, and we needed to do what we normally do."

Green Mountain led 26-24 after one quarter.

(30) Mountain Range 63, (35) Fountain-Fort Carson 59

At Westminster: Trailing by as many as 12 points early, Fountain-Fort Carson spent the entire game clawing back.

The Trojans nearly did it. They just ran out of time.

Rashon Barron scored 15 points and Keyshawn Maltbia added 14 as Fountain-Fort Carson cut the deficit to two points in the final minute but could get no closer in a 5A first-round loss at Mountain Range.

The Trojans (10-14) trailed 21-9 in the early moments of the second quarter, then started the comeback trail, trimming the Mustangs' advantage to 30-26 by halftime.

Mountain Range bumped the lead to nine by the end of the third quarter and led by 10 in the fourth before another F-FC run. A late 3-pointer made it a 61-59 game before the Mustangs put the game away at the free-throw line.

(34) Sierra 62, (31) Kennedy 57

At Denver: Derrian Reed helped build a big lead for Sierra with his outside shot.

Then he and his teammates closed out Kennedy at the free-throw line to earn a 4A second-round matchup at Lewis-Palmer on Saturday.

Reed's two jumpers early in the fourth quarter gave the Stallions (13-11) a 50-37 lead, then Eddie Whitmore (four), Reed and Imani Grigsby (three each) sank free throws down the stretch to keep the Commanders (13-11) at bay.

(20) Fairview 75, (45) Pine Creek 61

At Boulder: There are plenty of reasons to see a bright future at Pine Creek.

Fairview almost found that out the hard way in its 5A first-round matchup with the Eagles.

Sophomore Peyton Westfall poured in 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting from 3-point range, junior Grant Wilkinson added 12 points as Pine Creek (9-15) gave the Knights all they could handle before fading late.

The game was tied at 43 in the third quarter before a 7-0 run put the Knights (17-7) in front to stay.

Colton Yaeger, another sophomore, chipped in 10 points for Pine Creek.

(46) Chatfield 64, (19) Vista Ridge 55

At Vista Ridge: Tristan Pratt led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, but Vista Ridge couldn't make up an early deficit as the Wolves fell to Chatfield in a 5A first-round playoff.

Payton Kaiser added 11 points, and Raymon Harper chipped in 10 for the Wolves (14-10), who entered the game on a five-game winning streak but were outscored 32-21 between the second and third quarters.

(19) Roosevelt 68, (46) Harrison 60

At Johnstown: Roosevelt broke open a tie game with a decisive run in the fourth quarter to shake off upset-minded Harrison and advance to the second round of the 4A boys' playoffs.

The Roughriders (16-8) scored 10 consecutive points after the Panthers (9-15) tied the game at 47 early in the fourth quarter.

Harrison trailed 22-9 after one quarter and 39-32 at halftime.

(42) Skyview 47, (23) TCA 42

At TCA: Skyview's 19-4 run in the third quarter made the difference in the Wolverines' 4A first-round upset of TCA.

TCA (15-9) battled back from a 13-point deficit, getting consecutive 3-pointers from Micah Lamberth, Seth Selvage and Jared Belcher to bring the Titans to within four at 42-38 with 3:20 to go.

Another long-range Belcher shot with 37 seconds left made it a 45-42 game, but TCA could get no closer.

Skyview (17-7) travels to No. 10 Widefield on Saturday.

(29) Fort Morgan 65, (36) Air Academy 48

At Fort Morgan: Air Academy started strong but couldn't maintain its offensive touch in the second half in a 4A first-round loss at Fort Morgan. The Kadets (10-14) were even at halftime before the Mustangs used a 20-10 advantage in the third quarter to break the game open.

Fort Morgan next plays at No. 4 Falcon on Saturday.


(1) Vanguard 64, (8) Buena Vista 60

At The Vanguard School: Seth Fuqua scored a team-high 17 points, and Dominque Clifford added 16, including clutch free throws to put it away late as top-seeded Vanguard held off Buena Vista to advance to the 3A Tri-Peaks League tournament semifinals.

The Coursers (18-2), who also got 12 points from Sterling Lee, will meet No. 5 Manitou Springs on Friday at Pueblo Central.

(2) CSCS 70, (7) Lamar 56

At CSCS: Brandon Pitt, Noah Hopkins and Caleb Stockton each poured in 15 points to pace CSCS past Lamar and into the 3A Tri-Peaks League tournament semifinals. The Lions (15-6), who next meet La Junta in the semifinals at Pueblo Central, started the game on a 19-8 run and never looked back.

(6) La Junta 55, (3) St. Mary's 45

At St. Mary's: Gabe Calhoun scored a game-high 16 points, but St. Mary's couldn't recover from a rough second quarter as La Junta held off the Pirates (9-11). The Tigers outscored the Pirates 14-4 in the second quarter to build a 30-17 lead at halftime.

(5) Manitou Springs 62, (4) Salida 50

At Salida: Cole Sienknecht connected onALL six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 26 points to pace Manitou Springs (13-8) to its third straight win and a rematch with The Vanguard School in one of Friday's 3A Tri-Peaks League tournament semifinals. The Mustangs made 14 3-pointers, which included three from Eli Stephens and two from Joey Allen.


(3) ECA 60, (6) Peyton 44

At Evangelical Christian Academy: Cameron Rawlings led all scorers with 18 points, and Justin Holt added 16 to lead ECA (15-5) to its sixth consecutive win and earn another shot at Black Forest League champ Simla on Friday in the district semifinals.