Boys hoops: Grizzlies gear up for home stretch

Jim Benton
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Joe Marucci is a senior guard for the ThunderRidge boys basketball team.

However, he sounded an awful lot like a coach when discussing what’s on tap for the fourth-ranked Grizzlies.

“We’ve got a stretch of four games coming up that are bears,” said Marucci. “We’re just looking one game at a time.”

ThunderRidge (13-4) was tied with second-ranked Mountain Vista with 5-0 records atop of the Continental League standings prior to Tuesday night’s games.

The Grizzlies took a six game winning streak into the opening game of their tough stretch Tuesday night with a game at Heritage against the suddenly formidable Eagles.

On Friday night the biggest game so far this season in the Continental campaign will take place when ThunderRidge visits unbeaten and second-ranked Mountain Vista. The following week Chaparral and Regis Jesuit play in the Grizzly Den at ThunderRidge.

Mountain Vista (16-0) played at Ponderosa Tuesday night.

Ponderosa, Highlands Ranch, Legend and Heritage were tied, two games behind the leaders, with 3-2 league records prior to Tuesday night’s games.

The following is a wrap up on last week’s action.

HERITAGE - The Eagles (8-9) showed the ability to win close games in Continental League truimphs over Chaparral and Castle View.

Eli Ziegler scored 22 points against Chaparral and tossed in 18 points against the Sabercats.

LITTLETON - The Lions (7-10) lost to ThunderRidge but held off Rock Canyon to get their first league win.

ARAPAHOE - The then seventh-ranked Warriors suffered two Centennial League setbacks.

Matt Glasscock scored 15 points in a 49-38 loss to Cherokee Trail.

The Warriors were 2-for-15 from 3-point range and missed a trio of 3-pointers in the final minute as visiting Cherry Creek escaped with a 46-43 victory.

Mitch Albyn scored 14 points against the Bruins.

VALOR CHRISTIAN - The Eagles, last week’s third ranked Class 4A team, grabbed a 20-13 lead but unbeaten No. 4 San Creek pulled away for a 76-61 win.

Chase Foster scored 17 points and Garrett Baggett had 14 points for Valor (15-4).