Chaparral has made it through the Elite 8 and they are on their way to the final four. After a back and forth game against Cherry Creek High School, they were able to pull out a win sending them to the final four where they will be playing Thunder Ridge High School. The odds are with Chaparral because we have already beat them on two separate occasions. The first time Chaparral beat them was on December 8th with the final score being 58-44 and the second time was on February 8th where Chaparral won 60-49.
Chaparral was the number 1 seed going into playoffs, they were the team to beat. However, Cherry Creek High School put up a good fight. Cherry Creek High School had a rough start to their season, no one expected them to make it to all the way to the Elite 8. They won the tip off and were able to score the first two points of the game. For the remainder of the quarter, each team was able to keep up with each other. Every time one team would score the other team would get the rebound and score as well. It was all tied up going into the second quarter with the score being 18-18.
The beginning of the second quarter started off slow with both teams unable to score in the first minute and a half. Eventually Cherry Creek put up the first points of the second quarter leading the game 20-18. Chaparral was able to to get quite the lead with about 3 minutes to go leading 27-22. Cherry Creek fought to come back, ending the second quarter 31-29 only down 2 points.
Cherry Creek High Schools most dangerous player was sophomore Julian Hammond III, who averages about 20.5 points a game. Coach Tellus Truesdale put Tizell Lewis ‘19 on Julian Hammond. Lewis 19’ is Chaparral’s most defensive player and was able to shut him down. Kobe Sanders ‘20, who on average puts up 16.6 points a game, only scored 12 points in this game.
In the third quarter Cherry Creek scored 11 points while Chaparral scored 15 points. Bryce Matthews ‘19 was the leading scorer of this game with 17 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Cherry Creek trailed Chaparral, shy of just a couple points the whole fourth quarter. In the last minute Chaparral was able to gain a 5 point lead, winning the game 67-62. Chaparral is hype to watch the boys varsity basketball team in the final four game and our fingers are crossed they will make an appearance in the Championship game.
Story by Addie Almeida
Photo by Reagan Taylor