(4) Falcon 75, (13) D’Evelyn 67
At Falcon: Falcon’s program-best season got a little better Wednesday.
Brendan LaRose scored a game-high 28 points, Reece Warren added 17, and the No. 4 Falcons advanced to the 4A quarterfinals for the first time by holding off No. 13 D’Evelyn, 75-67.
Falcon (20-5) will host No. 5 Longmont (23-2) on Saturday with a 4A state semifinals berth on the line.
D’Evelyn (13-12) trailed by as many as 14 in the second half and opened the fourth quarter on a 9-1 run to get to within four at 58-54 with 4:32 left.
LaRose added a short jumper and two free throws during an ensuing Falcons 6-0 run to build the lead back to 10, and Falcon added nine free throws in the final 1:16 to put it away.
“We’ve definitely had some challenges finishing games,” Falcon coach Mark Watley said. “Sometimes we become complacent, and sometimes it’s fatigue with a seven-man rotation. I kept telling the guys to believe in what you do and try not to change. When we do that, we’re pretty good at it.”
Noah Martinez chipped in with 12 points for Falcon, which opened up a 24-16 lead midway through the second quarter following a 9-0 run.
Charles Dinegar led the Jaguars with 27 points, 13 coming in the fourth quarter.
(10) Widefield 54, (7) Silver Creek 51
At Silver Creek: Widefield racked up a four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and held off a Silver Creek comeback to earn a spot in the Class 4A round of eight for the first time in a decade.
The last time Widefield made it past the round of 16 was the 2007-08 season when the Gladiators made it to the state final, but ultimately fell to Lincoln by four.
Widefield trailed by one with two minutes to go thanks to a 3-pointer by Silver Creek’s Trent Dykema, but a quick Widefield bucket and a pair of free throws by Tre Pierre gave the Gladiators the edge they needed.
Widefield moves on to face No. 2 Lewis-Palmer in an all-Pikes Peak region round of eight matchup on Saturday.
(6) Pueblo West 69, (22) Mesa Ridge 67
At Pueblo West: Mesa Ridge was tied with Pueblo West entering the fourth quarter, but was outscored 19-17 in the final eight minutes thanks in part to eight Cyclone free throws. The Grizzlies sank a pair of 3-pointers in the final seconds, but they ran out of time to complete the comeback and the Cyclones move on to the next round.
Mesa Ridge jumped to an impressive 10-point lead over No. 6 Pueblo West in the first quarter, but the Cyclones solved their scoring problems, and cut away at the Grizzlies' lead before going on a 13-0 run to end the first half.
(2) Lewis-Palmer 65, (15) Palmer Ridge 54
(6) Grandview 53, (11) Rampart 44
At Grandview: Late in Rampart’s Class 5A round of 16 clash with Grandview, the Rams were in reach. Rampart was down by three with two minutes to go, but Grandview made nine free throws in the final two minutes to claim a nine-point win and a ticket to the round of eight.
Rampart trailed by one heading into the fourth quarter, but was outscored 15-7 in the final eight minutes.
Josh Kavalec led the Rams with 12 points, followed by Dawson Carper with 11. Jack McReynolds and Xavier Johnson each scored eight. Carper capped off his final high school basketball game with a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds.
The Rams finished 18-7 for the second straight year and ended their tournament run in the same round of the playoffs as last year.