Bears can’t get by Cheyenne Mountain |

Bears can’t get by Cheyenne Mountain

The Rifle boys basketball team knew Cheyenne Mountain was one of the top teams in Class 4A. Cheyenne Mountain, the third seed in the Ron Shavlik region, may not have known the Bears are a handful as well. The Indians needed an eight-point run early in the fourth quarter to hold off No. 6 Rifle 47-40 in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament Saturday at Montezuma-Cortez High School.”It was back and forth the whole way until really late in the fourth quarter,” Rifle coach Chris Lowther said. The Bears, who defeated No. 11 Pueblo West 67-45 on Friday night to advance, led 29-27 with less than 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Then the Indians went on their run.Cheyenne Mountain led by a point at the end of the third quarter and opened the fourth with an 8-0 run from which the Bears couldn’t recover. Not that Rifle didn’t make it interesting down the stretch. Stuart Stapleton, who led all scorers with 19 points, netted a three with 1:30 left to cut the lead to 42-38, but the Bears couldn’t get any closer down the stretch.”They hit some free throws at the end to make sure we couldn’t get caught up,” Lowther said.”(The Indians) just played great defense and made it really hard for you to run anything,” Lowther added. “You really have to execute well to get it done. You’ve got to play flawless to beat them.”Senior Adam Krick added 12 points for Rifle in the losing effort. Krick is one of five seniors to finish up their prep basketball career this season with a 16-8 record. The other seniors include: Bryan Cloninger, Derek Roberts, Brandon Leuallen and Jesse Harris. “It’s a great class,” Lowther said of his seniors. “There are so many kids in that class, it’s going to be fun to try to replace them. It’s a special group. This is my third year coaching here, so I got to watch them grow up, and it was a lot of fun coaching them.”Cheyenne Mountain (18-5) advances to the round of 16 Friday in Colorado Springs.– The Bears had little trouble in their playoff opener against Pueblo West as Leuallen tallied 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting in the victory.”We played really well (Friday) night,” Lowther said. “There were a couple times when (Pueblo West) cut the lead to eight or so and we did a nice job of responding and hitting some shots when we needed to.”Demons fall in opening roundA poor third quarter doomed the Glenwood Springs Demons in their tournament opener Friday night against Montrose.Glenwood took a one-point advantage into the intermission, but went cold for a 68-49 loss to the Indians at Montezuma-Cortez high School.Glenwood finishes the season with a record of 12-11. No other information was made available.Glenwood finishes the season with a record of 12-11. No other information was made available.

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