WEDNESDAY

Class 4A

No. 19 Peak to Peak 61, No. 14 Fort Lupton 52, in Fort Lupton: Fort Lupton’s strong season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs, thanks to a slow start that created a game-long deficit. Peak to Peak led 15-10 after one quarter and 33-24 at halftime. The Bluedevils outscored the Pumas 22-17 in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late, as Fort Lupton entered that final quarter down 44-30. The Bluedevils wrapped up their season with a 20-4 record. Peak to Peak moved on to a second-round matchup Saturday against No. 3 Alamosa (20-3).

No. 4 Eagle Ridge Academy 77, No. 29 Weld Central 42, in Brighton: Weld Central was overmatched on both ends of the court by one of the top teams in the classification. Eagle Ridge assumed full control from the get-go, going up 23-10 in the first quarter. Leading 36-25 at halftime, the Warriors effectively put away the game with a 28-13 run in the third quarter to extend their lead to 64-38. The Rebels ended their season with a record of 10-14. Eagle Ridge (19-5) advanced to a second-round matchup with No. 13 Riverdale Ridge (17-7).

Windsor freshman Madden Smiley raises up for a shot while playing against Falcon at Windsor High School on Feb. 23, 2023. Windsor won the playoff game 85-53. (Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

THURSDAY

5A

No. 3 Windsor 85, No. 30 Falcon 53, in Windsor: Windsor showcased its true contender status, scoring the most points by any team in the first round of the 5A playoffs. The Wizards’ point total was also their second most this season. Windsor is clearly playing its best basketball of the season, winning its 14th consecutive game and improving to 20-4. With the victory, the Wizards advance to the second round of the playoffs and will play host to No. 19 Palmer (14-10) at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Terrors advanced with a nail-biting 67-65 road win Wednesday against No. 14 Grand Junction Central.

4A

No. 7 Eaton 64, No. 26 Aspen 54, in Eaton: Eaton built a huge first-half lead, creating ample cushion, 29-16. Aspen outscored the Reds 17-12 in the third quarter to trim the gap to 41-33 but couldn’t complete the comeback. Eaton narrowly outscored the Skiers, 23-21, in the fourth quarter. The Reds improved to 19-5. They will play host to No. 23 The Classical Academy (16-8) in the second round at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Titans advanced by upsetting another Patriot League team on the road, 10th-seeded Sterling, 71-59, on Wednesday.

FORT COLLINS, CO – DECEMBER 03:Severance’s Ty Adam (21) shoots as Windsor’s Clayton Wright (5) defends during the Severance Silver Knights boys basketball game against the Windsor Wizards in the GoJo Sports Tipoff Classic at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins Dec. 3, 2021.  (Alex McIntyre/Greeley Tribune file photo)

No. 9 Severance 61, No. 24 Coal Ridge 50, in Severance: Severance wasn’t fazed by a 16-11 deficit in the first quarter. The Silver Knights inched ahead with a 23-17 run in the second quarter to lead 34-33 at halftime. Severance then proceeded to outscore Coal Ridge 27-17 in the second half of this defensive-minded affair. The Silver Knights improved to 18-6 and will face No. 8 Colorado Academy (17-7) at a to-be-announced time Saturday. The Mustangs advanced with a 79-44 win Wednesday against No. 25 Jefferson Academy.

No. 22 D’Evelyn 66, No. 11 University 53, in Greeley: D’Evelyn took a 14-8 lead and methodically pulled away from University, as the Bulldogs saw their state title hopes come to an end in the first round. The Jaguars outscored University in each of the first three quarters. The Bulldogs ended their season at 15-9. D’Evelyn improved to 13-10 and will face sixth-seeded Lutheran (16-8) in the second round Saturday.

For results of this weekend’s local boys and girls state tournament second round matches, go to greeleytribune.com Monday and read Wednesday’s Greeley Tribune.

— Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at bfernandez@greeleytribune.com or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.


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