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Rams, Bears play Thursday

Jim Ryan Special to the Post Independent

It’ll be an early morning for Roaring Fork’s boys basketball team and a late night for Rifle’s girls.

Garfield County’s two 3A state basketball tournament-bound teams will tip off at opposite ends of the day at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena on Thursday.

The Rams will take on Jefferson Academy at 8:45 a.m. in its opener in Fort Collins. The Bears will battle Eaton at 8:30 p.m.

The Colorado High School Activities Association released game times for the Thursday-Saturday tournament on Sunday.

Roaring Fork, seeded seventh in the 32-team state boys bracket, will carry a 17-7 record into Fort Collins. Second-seeded Rifle will head over the mountains with a 24-0 record.

While the Bears were expected to be playing at this point of the season, the Rams are somewhat of an underdog. They’ve caught fire at season’s end, winning eight straight games, including a pair of overtime victories in the first and second rounds on Friday and Saturday.

Playing on its home court, Roaring Fork knocked off Bennett, 65-61, to open the playoffs and then followed up with an 82-72 win over Weld Central on Saturday to advance to the round of eight for the first time since 2007-08.

Rifle, which this school year dropped into the 3A classification after a long run in the 4A ranks, pummeled Basalt, 66-22, on Friday and beat up on Manitou Springs, 42-24, on Saturday. The Bears were the hosts in both games.

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