State basketball title quest begins today |

State basketball title quest begins today

The final steps to a state basketball championship begin today as area teams battle for those prestigious state trophies.

Regionally, the Basalt girls will begin the quest for the 3A state title today in Colorado Springs. And the Aspen boys and Eagle Valley boys also open quarterfinal play today at Clune Arena on the campus of the Air Force Academy.

While the super fans are either on the road or at the arena, the homebound fans will likely tune to the local radio station for play-by-play coverage of the Basalt girls and the Aspen boys.

Radio station KMTS-FM, based in Glenwood Springs, will provide the 3A State Basketball Tournament coverage, beginning this morning.

Veteran broadcaster Ron Milhorn and sidekick Jack Jabbour will handle duties behind the microphones.

The KMTS broadcasts will begin this morning when the Basalt girls (23-1) take on Centauri (21-1) in a rematch of last year’s Regional championship game.

Today’s tipoff is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.

Centauri won the Regional game last year and the Longhorns are more than eager to return the favor this year – in the round of eight.

The Basalt-Centauri winner will advance to the tournament semifinals to face either Colorado Springs Christian (24-0) or Manitou Springs (20-4). Those two teams will play at 8:45 a.m. today to open the 3A tourney.

The Estes Park girls (23-1) will play the Faith Christian girls (22-2) at 4 p.m. today. Faith Christian opened the season at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.

Then at 7 p.m. today, the Denver Christian girls (23-1) will take on Lamar (19-4).

In the boys 3A tourney, Aspen (21-3) will take on top-seeded Denver Christian (24-0) in tonight’s quarterfinal-round finale at 8:30 p.m. – also at the Air Force Academy.

That game also will be broadcast on KMTS along with the Basalt girls game earlier in the day.

Eagle Valley’s boys also will play today – a rematch against Cedaredge from the District Tournament.

The game, set for 10:15 a.m. today, will pit coach Phil Cain’s Eagle Valley team (19-5) against 23-1 Cedaredge. But the 1 in the 23-1 Cedaredge record came in the District championship against Eagle Valley (61-52).

The Eagle Valley-Cedaredge winner will take on the Denver Christian-Aspen winner in the boys semifinals on Friday.

The consolation, third-place and championship games for 3A girls and boys will be played on Saturday at the Air Force Academy.

Meanwhile, in Denver the 4A tournaments will be played.

Moffat County’s girls are still in the 4A bracket. The Bulldogs (21-3) will take on Pueblo County (16-8) at 6:10 p.m. today at the Denver Coliseum.

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