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Eagle Valley, Aspen boys fall at state

Western Slope teams, by and large, suffered a difficult first day at the state high school basketball championships.

Basalt’s girls dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Centauri in the 3A Girls State Tournament in Colorado Springs (see related story).

In 3A boys state play, Eagle Valley lost to Western Slope League foe Cedaredge 55-52 Thursday, also at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.



And Aspen’s boys lost a tough 51-44 decision to top-ranked and unbeaten Denver Christian.

Sam Bartlett led Eagle Valley with 20 points in the loss, which saw Cedaredge come from behind in the second half.



Eagle Valley led 33-28 at halftime. But Cedaredge outscored the Devils 13-8 in the decisive third quarter.

Jeff Hainy led Cedaredge with 12 while Jesse Anderson scored 11 and Jake Brooks 10.

Craig Jagger added nine for coach Phil Cain’s Eagle Valley boys (19-6), who will play in the consolation bracket at 1:15 p.m. Friday.

Cedaredge (25-1) will play in the 3A semifinals.

Eagle Valley’s boys will play Aspen in the consolation bracket at 1:15 p.m. Friday. That game and the Basalt girls game at 8:45 a.m. Friday will be broadcast on KMTS-FM.

In 4A State Tournament play Thursday, Moffat County’s girls lost their quarterfinal matchup with Pueblo County 37-27.

Moffat County’s girls finished the season 21-4.

Pueblo County’s girls (17-8) will play Mullen in the 4A semifinals. Mullen (20-5) ousted Pueblo South 52-47 on Thursday.

In 4A boys play, Montezuma-Cortez rallied in overtime to beat Adams City 63-61.

Cortez will take on Ralston Valley in the 4A boys semifinals Friday. Ralston Valley from Arvada dropped Canon City 61-50.


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