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Basalt boys basketball wins again, advances to Great 8 against Kent Denver

The Basalt High School boys basketball team is headed to the big dance.

BHS, the No. 9 seed in the Class 3A state tournament, defeated regional host and No. 8 seed Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch on Saturday, 43-30, to advance to this week's "Great 8" in Denver.

"We had a bad third quarter, but other than that, we played good," Basalt coach Danny Martinez said. "In crunch time the guys responded."

The game was a rematch from earlier in the season, when Basalt won 62-47 on Feb. 1. In the first game, man defense was the focus. In Saturday's game, both teams focused on zone defense, leading to a lower scoring contest.

"It was a little slower than last time we played them," Martinez said. "It was a good team win for us."

Next, the Longhorns (21-3) will play No. 1 seed Kent Denver (21-3) at 8:30 p.m. inside the University of Denver's Hamilton gym on Thursday. Kent Denver defeated No. 32 seed Ridge View Academy, 58-40, in the round of 32 before beating No. 16 La Junta, 57-47, on Saturday.

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"That's the team we want to play," Martinez said of facing the top seed. "I like our bracket. I think we match up with them pretty good. We just got to work this week and see where it comes out."

The other state quarterfinal games Thursday will be No. 12 Alamosa vs. No. 13 Faith Christian, No. 2 Manitou Springs vs. No. 10 Sterling, and No. 3 Colorado Springs Christian vs. No. 6 Denver Science and Technology: Stapleton.

For the full bracket, visit chsaanow.com.

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