Boys hoops: Foster powers top-ranked Eagles
Junior Chase Foster led Valor Christian, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A boys team, to a pair of victories last week.
Foster, a 6-foot-5 junior, had 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-64 victory over Aurora Central and tossed in 23 points with 11 rebounds in the Eagles’ 65-58 triumph over Gateway.
Valor Christian entered action this week with a 12-2 record and was ranked No. 1 in the latest poll released Monday.
DENVER EAST ROMPS - Mitch Parsons, the highly-sought 6-foot-5 tight end, had his best all-round game of the basketball season in Chaparral’s 78-63 loss to top-ranked Denver East.
Parsons had six points, seven assists, one blocked shot and five rebounds in the loss that left the Wolverines with a 6-7 record.
“He’s really getting his basketball legs back. He’s moving a lot better,” said Chaparral coach Rob Johnson. “He just does little things really well. Coming off football, it’s a different speed for him.
“He’s jumping as high as I’ve ever seen him jump and he weighs 240 pounds. He’s an amazing athlete.”
Sophomore Chris Moody had 21 points and nine rebounds to pace the Wolverines which outrebounded the Angels 26-18.
“The thing you worry about with East is their ability to rebound and being physical around the rim,” said Johnson.
“I thought we did as well as we’ve ever done in our matchup there. We were physical on the rim right with them. We played hard. Their speed kind of got us.”
A night earlier East beat ThunderRidge (7-4) 73-53 in a rematch of last season’s third round state playoff game.
ThunderRidge won the 2012 post-season game, 52-49, but couldn’t stop the Angels this season despite Peter Howell’s 12 points and 11 rebounds.
TITANS, FALCONS WIN - Jonathan Cosmann scored 17 points to lead the Legend Titans (8-2) to a 56-42 victory over Palmer.
Highlands Ranch (8-3) made only 8-of-21 free throws but still collected a 60-58 win over Thomas Jefferson, the state’s fifth ranked Class 4A team. Evan Motlong had a game-high 19 points for the Falcons.
ARAPAHOE SPLITS - Arapahoe split its first two Centennial League games, losing 59-57 at Cherry Creek but rebounding with a 95-48 win over Smoky Hill in which six players scored in double figures.
PEMBERTON LEADS GOLDEN EAGLES - Jake Pemberton scored 20 points in visiting Mountain Vista’s 70-56 win over Montbello as the second-ranked Golden Eagles improved their record to 11-0.
WINNING STREAK -- Zach Mattice’s scored 15 points and hit some clutch free throws to help Castle View defeat Thornton, 49-39, to seal the Sabercats’ fourth consecutive win. Matt Dowsey had a team-high 18 points for Castle View (5-6).
STREAKING - Eli Ziegler scored 16 points as Heritage (5-6) won its fourth consecutive game with a 51-47 triumph over Aurora Hinkley.
Littleton saw a four point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter as the Lions lost its third game in a row with a 50-43 setback to Gateway.
LEAGUE OPENERS - Continental League play begins Friday with Chaparral going to Highlands Ranch in one of the featured games.
Heritage visits Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge travels to Douglas County, Littleton plays at Legend, Regis Jesuit hosts Castle View and Rock Canyon travels to Ponderosa in the other league openers.
RANKINGS - Mountain Vista remained second in the Class 5A boys basketball poll that was released Monday and ThunderRidge was fourth. Arapahoe is No. 7.
Valor Christian remains the top-ranked Class 4A team while Denver Lutheran is third in the Class 2A poll.