Widefield rolls to win over Mitchell in boys' basketball

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Photo - Widefield forward TJ Davis blocks a shot by Mitchell forward DeAndre Williams during the second quarter Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Mitchell High School.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Widefield forward TJ Davis blocks a shot by Mitchell forward DeAndre Williams during the second quarter Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Mitchell High School. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Widefield and Mitchell boys' basketball teams got two halftimes on Wednesday night - one at actual halftime, and one with 4.2 seconds left in the third quarter.

With Widefield leading by 21, the white lights of the fire alarm began to flash and everyone in the entire gym, players included, was ushered outside.

"I've coached at every level," Mitchell coach Jamie Anderson said. "I've never seen that happen."

It didn't change the outcome though, as Widefield (14-6, 10-3 4A Colorado Springs Metro) held on for a 75-57 conference win over the Marauders (8-12, 6-7).

"Mitchell has very good athletes," Widefield coach Mark Munoz said. "But I was very pleased with our effort and team play."

That team play was certainly evident throughout, as the Gladiators finished with five players who scored in double figures. Tre Pierre led the charge with 19 points, while Cameron Skalla had 14, Daz Rogers had 13, and both Myreik Goodwin and TJ Davis finished with 12 points.

"We don't really care who scores," Munoz said.

Pierre and fellow big man Davis made their presence felt down low early in the game, giving Widefield many second-chance opportunities it wouldn't otherwise have been afforded.

"Both Tre and TJ do a great job for us inside," Munoz said. "A lot of teams look for the 3-ball. If it's there, we'll take it, but we kind of look inside first."

Only six of Widefield's points came via 3-pointers - both were by Rogers in the first half.

Quindell Bryant did everything he could to keep Mitchell in the game, as he finished with 24 points while Erick Mitchell added 14 for the Marauders.

Bryant isn't even fully healthy - he recently rolled his ankle at practice.

"He can compete really hard," Anderson said.

Anderson explained the difference between this game and the first meeting between the two teams, a 73-64 win for Widefield on Jan. 17.

"Widefield is a good team to start with," Anderson said. "And (tonight) they got us to play their game. Our defense was not where it needed to be. They quietly out-physicaled us."

With just three games left for both teams, the focus is starting to turn toward playoffs and the RPI seeding system that will determine who's in, and who's out.

"We were just talking about our RPI ranking (in the locker room)," Munoz said. "Right now is a good time to get hot, stay focused, and execute on the defensive end."