Class 3A boys basketball: Grand Valley falls to Alamosa in Sweet 16 |

Class 3A boys basketball: Grand Valley falls to Alamosa in Sweet 16

Staff Report

ALAMOSA — A stellar season for the Grand Valley High School boys basketball team came to an end on Saturday when the 10th-seeded Cardinals lost to seventh-seeded Alamosa, 52-44, in the Sweet 16 round of the Class 3A state tournament.

The Cardinals, the second-place finishers in the Class 3A Western Slope League, finished the season with an 18-6 overall record.

“Today hurts, no doubt,” Grand Valley coach Scott Parker said. “But if you look at the big picture, we made the Sweet 16 for a second straight year and we’re getting better every year. Now we need to take the next step.”

The Cardinals were down 38-35 with 4 minutes, 37 seconds remaining, before the Mean Moose used a scoring surge to take a 48-37 lead with three minutes left in regulation.

Junior guard John Parker scored 17 and Sam Parker and Tanner Magee each added 10 for the Cardinals. Alamosa had three players in double figures, led by Ryan Brubacher’s 17.

With the victory, the Mean Moose (18-6), who posted a 60-29 victory against Coal Ridge on Friday to advance to the tournament’s second round, moved into the tournament’s Great 8 round in Golden. There, Alamosa will face second-seeded Colorado Springs Christian School, which had an 81-35 victory over Denver School of Science & Technology-Green Valley.

DSST moved into Saturday’s second round with a 60-47 first-round victory against Roaring Fork on Friday.

Also falling in the second round was Western Slope League champion Moffat County, which dropped a 57-55 decision against Jefferson Academy in Craig.

Moffat County’s girls advanced to the 3A Great 8 in Golden, however, with a 73-54 win against Bishop Machebeuf in Craig.

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