Cortez boys claim 4A state title
Area teams wrapped up the State Basketball Tournament with the Eagle Valley boys falling to powerhouse Weld Central in Saturday’s 3A consolation final.
The Devils had reached the consolation championship with a 61-52 win over Aspen in Friday’s second round.
Eagle Valley ultimately finished sixth in the state tourney, after Saturday’s loss to Weld Central, a team that finished the year 26-1). Eagle Valley finished 20-7.
On Friday, Micah Bernhardt and Sam Bartlett scored 16 points each as Eagle Valley eliminated the Aspen boys.
Aspen was led by 17 from Nick Farrell.
In other Western Slope developments from the state basketball championships, Montezuma-Cortez cashed in on a golden opportunity Saturday, winning the school’s first state basketball championship in 40 years.
Kirk Archibeque and Jeff Anderson each scored 13 points to lead Cortez to a 46-39 victory over Broomfield in the Class 4A final at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Cortez used its size on defense to stop Broomfield’s potent offensive attack throughout the game. Archibeque had 14 rebounds.
Cortez (26-1) last won a state title in the AA classification in 1962.
Broomfield (24-3) was down by 12 midway through the first quarter but fought to within 31-30 at the beginning of the fourth.
Cortez managed to hold its lead in the final period, despite losing starters Mike Rivas and Marcus Mortensen, who fouled out.
Rivas committed his fifth foul with 4:15 to play. Mortensen, who scored 10 points, fouled out with 4:01 left, when Cortez led 38-34.
Broomfield cut that to 38-36 when Chase McBride hit two free throws with 2:44 to go but could come no closer.
McBride and Michael Bahl led Broomfield with 16 points apiece.
Cortez is coached by Wade Mortensen, the brother of Moffat County girls coach Craig Mortensen. A third Mortensen brother is the head coach at Adams State College in Alamosa.
In 3A girls play, Colorado Springs Christian completed a 27-0 season by beating Estes Park 58-49 in Saturday’s state championship game at the Air Force Academy.
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