Boys 5A State Finals Preview

3/9/19

The Chaparral Wolverines and Rangeview Raiders have been in the Basketball Colorado Top10 the entire season and both teams are primed for a championship.

Chaparral came into this season as one of the favorites to get to the finals. Rangeview many viewed as possibly being a season away however the Raiders have gone through the playoffs like a grizzled veteran ball club.

This is a good matchup of teams as both can run or they can run through their sets in the half-court looking for their best shots. Defensively they can both get after it as well. Tizell Lewis and Tanner Giles defend at a high level on the perimeter for Chaparral while Joduan Dotson and Christian Speller bring the defensive effort for the Raiders. It will be interesting to see who Lewis will guard Christopher Speller or Dotson. Lewis can make it a long game for whoever he is guarding. Another interesting defensive matchup will be who guards Kobe Sanders should the Raiders decided to play man to man. Perhaps Christian Speller would get the call with his length and quickness or could be Dotson.

Offensively two players that will need to make their presence felt in this one is the Wolverines Joesph Dalton and the Raiders Isisah Hayes. Dalton can get hot from behind the three-point line and can get to the rim. Hayes has provided a playoff spark for the Raiders. He has hit big shots and made important plays in the last two games.

A key matchup will be at the lead guard spot. Junior Kobe Sanders has played well for Chaparral and senior Jodaun Dotson has made big plays at the right times for the Raiders. They both will need to keep their teams under control and know when to step in a settle their teams down. Limiting turnovers will be a big factor as well.

But the biggest key tonight will be rebounding and the interior defense of both teams. Rangeview senior Quincey Jewett is averaging a double-double and coming off a 22 rebound performance in the semi-finals. He will need some help keeping up with Bryce Matthews and Dalton Waldron. Matthews is very athletic and finishes well around the basket. Waldron is a bit of bruiser with touch. Jewett will need to stay out of foul trouble and get help from the Spellers on the glass. Matthews and Waldron won’t give up the open lanes that Rangeview saw versus Mountian Vista. So the Raiders will need to go strong for rebounds and finishes at the rim. Whichever team can control the paint probably wins this one.

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