HIGHLANDS RANCH - Arapahoe boys basketball coach Dan Snyder talked to his team in the dressing room for 10 minutes following the Warriors 69-54 loss last Friday night to Mountain Vista.
The Warriors didn’t play well in the Class 5A non-league game that pitted undefeated and second ranked Mountain Vista against Snyder’s third ranked and undefeated team.
An overflow gathering that included rival coaches and members of the CHSAA basketball seeding committee jammed into the Mountain Vista gym.
The crowd watched the Golden Eagles’ up-tempo offensive and defensive style create a 23-point lead at one point in the second half as the Warriors suffered their first loss of the season after reeling off eight victories.
“Everything went wrong,” said Snyder. “We obviously didn’t play well. We got outhustled, we didn’t take care of the ball and their speed really hurt us.
“We fouled them too much, put them on the line too much and they deserved to win. It was a blowout. We really got our rear ends kicked. I’ll give credit to Mountain Vista but we’re really disappointed.”
Arapahoe shot 33.3 percent from the floor but matched Mountain Vista’s 20 field goals. However, the Golden Eagles made 24 of 39 free throw attempts, compared to 10 of 17 for the Warriors.
The taller Warriors even had trouble using their height advantage against the Golden Eagles, who improved to 10-0 with last week’s victory. Mountain Vista grabbed 38 rebounds and forced 19 Arapahoe turnovers.
“In all phases of the game, we were just not good,” added Snyder. “We shot really poorly. We are not going to beat a real good team when we shoot that bad. Our execution was poor and our defensive execution was poor. They scored a lot of points and that’s a lot more points than we usually give up.
“Now again, a lot of credit goes to them. They have a terrific team. They outplayed us.”
Jake Pemberton, Mountain Vista’s 6-foot-3 junior had a game-high 27 points. Mitch Albyn had 19 points and Matt Glasscock added 10 points for the Warriors.
Arapahoe, which lost to Chaparral in last season’s Class 5A state championship game, scored only six points in the third quarter when Mountain Vista built its big lead.
However, the Warriors cut the Golden Eagles advantage to 10 points with 2:48 remaining in the game but the Golden Eagles sealed the victory by hitting nine of 10 free throws in final two minutes.
“We’re a better team,” said Snyder. “We had 26 points at the end of the third quarter. We know we’re better than that and the four quarter was more indicative of how we can play. That’s some consolation but not much.”
Arapahoe opened Centennial League play with a game last night at Cherry Creek.
“I hope we learned from the Mountain Vista game,” said Snyder.