Hoops Demons learn their state playoff fate
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Coach Cory Hitchcock doesn’t care about seeding or who his Glenwood Springs boys basketball team is playing. He just loves playoff basketball.
“I’m just excited, man,” the Demons’ first-year head coach said. “I’m just excited for the guys, actually. Especially for the seniors.”
Those seniors and their teammates will get a crack at Thomas Jefferson in the first round of the 32-team Class 4A state playoffs at Pueblo West High School on Friday. The Colorado High School Activities Association released the brackets on Sunday.
Glenwood faced Thomas Jefferson in the Sweet 16 round of the playoffs last year. The Demons lost that one, 54-38.
“It’s nice for the guys to get a chance to open with them,” Hitchcock said. “The guys, they’ve had a sour taste in their mouth ever since the playoffs last year. They feel like they didn’t play to the best of their ability the last time they played them.”
The 4A Western Slope League-champion Demons (18-5) drew the 20th seed in the playoff bracket. Thomas Jefferson (13-10) is seeded 13th.
The winner moves on to face sub-region host Pueblo West or its first-round foe, Frederick, in Saturday’s Sweet 16. Pueblo West (21-2) is 4A’s No. 4 seed. Frederick (14-9) is No. 29.
The 4A boys and girls brackets were pared from 48 to 32 teams this season.
Glenwood’s girls are also looking at a long bus ride for their playoff opener.
The 19-4 Demons, who finished in a three-way tie with Delta and Moffat County atop the 4A WSL, drew the 15th seed and will face No. 18 Golden (18-5) in the first round on Friday. The teams will meet at Broomfield High School.
Broomfield, winner of the last four 4A titles and the bracket’s No. 2 seed, squares off against No. 31 Mitchell the same night.
Friday’s winners return to Broomfield Saturday for the Sweet 16.
“We got in and that’s the main thing,” Glenwood Springs coach Bryan Derby said. “We’re just going in with the game plan of not worrying about what they do. We know what we have to do and that’s play defense and rebound.”
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