Basketball: Basalt boys to play Pagosa Springs in regionals
The Aspen Times
The Basalt High School boys basketball team will open the Class 3A Regionals against Pagosa Springs on Friday night in Denver.
The Longhorns (17-5) were seeded No. 17 in the 32-team field in the Class 3A state playoffs. They are matched against the No. 16 Pirates (13-8) in a first-round regional game at the Denver School of Science and Technology-Stapleton, the regional host and the overall No. 1 seed in Class 3A.
Denver Science and Tech-Stapleton (21-1) will take on another team from the Western Slope League — No. 32 seed Roaring Fork (9-13) at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Basalt will face Pagosa Springs at 7 p.m. Friday.
The winners of the first-round games will play at 1 p.m. Saturday for the regional title and a berth in the Great 8 the following week at the Denver Coliseum.
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Basalt earned the third playoff berth from the Western Slope District with a 43-25 victory over rival Roaring Fork on Saturday at Grand Junction Central High School.
The Longhorns had opened the district playoffs with a big 63-42 win over Moffat County last Tuesday.
After a Friday night loss to Grand Valley 48-38, Basalt beat the Rams, earning the regional matchup against Pagosa Springs from the Intermountain League.
The Rams qualified for regionals by finishing fourth in the Western Slope District Tournament last week.
The Rams beat Gunnison in the opening round.
The top eight seeds statewide earned the right to host the 3A regionals next weekend.
The overall No. 2 seed is Lutheran (18-4), facing No. 31 Sheridan (10-13) on Friday. No. 15 Platte Valley (13-9) will take on No. 18 James Irwin of Colorado Springs (15-6) in the Lutheran regional.
No. 3 seed Manitou Springs (20-2) will host, taking on No. 30 Kent Denver (10-12) in the first round. No. 14 Coal Ridge (15-7) from the Western Slope League will play No. 19 Buena Vista (13-10) in Manitou.
Sterling (18-4) is the No. 4 seed, set to take on No. 29 Lamar (12-11) in the opening regional game. No. 13 Colorado Academy (14-8) will play No. 20 The Academy (13-10), also at Sterling.
No. 5 Eaton (19-3) will host No. 28 Bennett (15-7); No. 12 The Pinnacle (17-5) will play No. 21 Manuel ( 11-11) in the Eaton regional.
The No. 6 seed is Faith Christian (17-5). Ridge View Academy, No. 27 at 16-6, will take on Faith Christian on Friday. No. 11 Colorado Springs Christian (17-5) will play No. 22 Bayfield (11-10) in the Faith regional.
Grand Valley (19-3) from the Western Slope League earned the No. 7 overall seed after beating Coal Ridge 73-54 in the district final last weekend.
The Cardinals will host No. 26 Frontier Academy (14-8) at 5 p.m. Friday.
No. 10 St. Mary’s (13-9) will play No. 23 Middle Park (12-10) in Parachute at 7 p.m. Friday.
Alamosa (17-4) is the No. 8 and final regional host in 3A. Alamosa (17-4) will face Liberty Common of Fort Collins (15-7) in a first-round game.
Denver Science and Tech-Green Valley Ranch (GVR) at 20-0 will face Trinidad (13-1), No. 24, in the other game at Ala1mosa.
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