That small taste of the
The state playoffs
hungry for more.
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Manual led by six going
into the fourth quarter, but
Sterling rallied to send it
into overtime on a tip-in
at the regulation buzzer.
Manual pulled away in the
extra period, outscoring
Sterling 15-9 to move
onto the state title game.
The championship matchup against The Vanguard
School, the No. 3 seed, was close until the fi nal
Down by 13 late in the third, Manual rallied to get
within fi ve and then outscored the Coursers 36-17 in
the fi nal eight minutes to win it all, 80-68. It capped
a great prep career by senior Jaedon Bowles, who
scored 28 points in the semifi nals and 26 more in
the fi nal.
Bowles’ (pictured) basketball career now continues
at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
While Manual was dominating its league, Denver
East went 9-0 in a Denver Prep League that sent
seven teams to state tournaments over two
classifi cations. The George Washington Patriots and
the Far Northeast Warriors, which fi nished third and
fourth in the league, respectively, also competed in
The Patriots, the alma mater of NBA great Chauncey
Billups, made it to the tournament despite an 11-13
record. They were led by Blake Whitelaw and Malik
Patton. Whitelaw is continuing his schooling at
Vermont Academy prep school.
The Lincoln Lancers, second in the Denver Prep
League at 8-1, were one of four league teams to
compete in the 4A tournament. Thomas Jefferson,
Northern and Kennedy also reached the postseason.
The Lancers were led by senior James Felton, who
averaged 17.1 points and 7.1 rebounds a game and is
now playing at Western Nebraska. Lincoln reached
the third round of the state
tournament before falling
to the No. 4 seed Holy
Family, which eliminated
Northfi eld in the second
Thomas Jefferson, despite
having a young team, was
5-4 in the League but made
a surprising run to the third round of the tournament.
The smaller Denver schools had successful seasons
but weren’t able to break through in the postseason.
DSST: Byers won the 3A/2A Confl uence league
with an 8-0 mark and went 16-7 overall with only
juniors and underclassmen, but an injury to guard
Elijah Thatch proved too much to overcome in the
“We had some success winning our league and
then districts but lost in the fi rst round of the state
playoffs to Kent Denver,” head coach Exavier Swain
said. “We had zero experience and no Elijah. That
small taste of the state playoffs left our boys hungry
The Falcons will have the fi rst senior class in
program history entering the 2019-20 season.
Another DSST school, Montview, led by senior
Andray Thomas Jr., had a banner season. The
Knights took the 3A/2A Frontier League title with a
10-0 mark but only received the No. 8 seed in the 3A
They proved their mettle by upsetting No. 1 Lutheran
in the Great Eight of the 3A tournament and came
within a game of facing Manual in the fi nal before
falling to the Vanguard School. Thomas led the
Knights in scoring (17.2 points) and rebounding
(11.3) during the best season in program history.
League rival, KIPP Denver Collegiate, fi nished 9-2
but fell in the 3A district tournament.
left our boys