Arapahoe boys basketball coach Dan Snyder didn't feel much like talking the night of March 8.
Snyder had just watched his team give Denver East, the favorite to win this year's Class 5A boys state basketball championship, all it could handle before dropping a 60-55 Great 8 decision to the Angels at the Denver Coliseum.
“It was a very tough loss,” Snyder said. “We're very upset. We were there and could have won the game. We had opportunities but didn't execute.”
Arapahoe led by nine points twice in the second quarter and was tied at 45 with 4:46 left in the game. The Warriors, sparked by six straight points from Matt Glasscock, trailed 56-55 with 1:04 to play.
East made four free throws and the Warriors missed four shots in the waning 39 seconds. Arapahoe (19-8) converted only 1-of-4 free throw attempts in the last three minutes of the game.
“We missed too many free throws down the stretch,” Snyder said. “We just didn't execute when we needed to execute. It was a great season. We upset two teams that were seeded above us in the playoffs.”
Glasscock led the Warriors with 14 points and Evan Walsh had 12 points.
East's victory marked the 700th career coach win for coach Rudy Carey.
“He's a great coach and they have a terrific team,” Snyder said. “They are the best team in the state, but everybody wants to crown them the champions before you play all the games.”