Basalt basketball rolls over University, advances to 3A round of 16
Led by 18 points from junior Raul Torres, the Basalt High School boys basketball team cruised through its first game of the Class 3A state tournament on Friday, beating No. 24 seed University, 62-32.
“He was playing tough. Raul came hard,” BHS coach Danny Martinez said. “We were making mistakes in the first quarter, but after that we picked it up.”
The win was the 20th of the season for No. 9 seed Basalt (20-3), which will face regional host Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch (19-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday for the regional championship. DSST:GVR, the No. 8 seed, barely beat No. 25 seed Pinnacle 52-51 on Friday in the late game.
The first quarter was a struggle for the Longhorns against University. BHS trailed 5-2 before pulling ahead to lead 14-9 after eight minutes. It didn’t take long into the second quarter before the rout was on, however. Basalt used a 14-0 run between the quarters to pull ahead 24-9 and eventually took a 41-21 lead into the locker room.
University, which finishes the season 13-10, never put together any sort of rally. The Bulldogs were outscored 9-3 in the third quarter.
Saturday’s regional championship will be a rematch of a Feb. 1 game, also played in Denver, in which Basalt won 62-47.
“We just got to go take it one possession at a time,” Martinez said. “I don’t want to get overconfident, but I think we can go and have a good ball game.”
The winner will advance to Thursday’s “Great 8” round, played at the University of Denver, and will face the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 1 seed Kent Denver and No. 16 seed La Junta.
Also Friday, Delta, seeded No. 28, stunned No. 5 seed Bayfield, 78-75. Delta will play No. 12 seed Alamosa Saturday. Also of note was a 73-64 win for No. 18 seed Roaring Fork over No. 15 seed Manual. No. 7 Coal Ridge, the Western Slope League champions, was a 77-57 winner over No. 26 Frontier Academy.
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