Rams fall in first round to Raptors
DSST-Green Valley 60, Roaring fork 47
DSST 13 17 16 15 — 60
R. Fork 10 11 15 11 — 47
COLORADO SPRINGS — Roaring Fork High School’s boys basketball team fell behind early and wasn’t able to catch up on Friday night, falling to the Raptors of Denver School of Science & Technology-Green Valley 60-47 in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament at Colorado Springs Christian School campus.
Ben Carpenter finished with three 3-pointers and a team-high 13 points for the Rams (15-8), the third-place finisher in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings and the runner-up in last week’s district tournament in Grand Junction behind Moffat County.
DSST (18-4), the No. 18 seed in the tournament, will move on to face second-seeded CSCS at 1 p.m. today. The Cougars defeated No. 31-seeded Bruce Randolph, 66-30, in the regional’s earlier game of the day.
Aldo Pinela finished with six points and Raul Leyva chipped in five but fouled out for the Rams in the loss. Alex Jones finished with a game-high 21 points and four 3-pointers with six assists to pace the Raptors, who held a 30-21 halftime lead and outscored Roaring Fork in every quarter.
Five seniors played their final game of the season for Roaring Fork.
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After bowing out of the 3A state soccer playoffs in the quarterfinals and semifinals the past two seasons, the Roaring Fork Rams finally get their shot at a state title on Saturday.