Denver, CO – The Rangeview Raiders claimed the 5A State Championship with a 61-47 victory over the Chaparral Wolverines Saturday night at the Denver Coliseum. It was a true team effort for Rangeview to earn its first state title in 34 years. Six different Raiders scored and each Rangeview player that saw the floor in the championship game grabbed at least one rebound. But it was the Raiders free throw shooting and that of junior Christopher Speller in the fourth quarter that thwarted a Chaparral comeback and sealed the trophy for the Raiders.
The game started off slow as both Rangeview and Chaparral worked to find their legs and their shots after exciting Final Four games the night before. the Wolverines got on the board first and took a 7-5 lead after a basket from junior Dalton Waldron with 3:30 left in the first quarter. That would be the last time the Wolverines would have the lead. Rangeview finished the quarter on an 8-0 with baskets from junior guard Isaiah Hayes and senior do it all player Kamren Stroter. Hayes and Stroter play was vital to the Raiders run through the state tournament. Hayes made big momentum changing baskets while
In the second quarter, Rangeview got a big lift from Obi Agbim. The 6’2 junior guard accounted for all nine of
Both teams got into foul trouble in the grinder of the second quarter. Chaparral’s Bryce Matthews and
After half time the Speller twins started to find their flow. The brothers combined to score all nine of Rangeview points in a 9-2 opening run that pushed the Raiders lead to 31-17 with 3:50 left in the quarter. Chaparral started to get in the flow of the game late in the 3rd quarter. Junior guard Kobe Sanders scored his first basket of the game and fellow senior Tanner Giles added another layup to cut the Raider lead to 10.
The Raiders coming into the 4th quarter had done a good job of keeping Sanders contained. But he got loose in the fourth quarter the talented junior scored 17 points in the quarter starting off shooting four of four from the three-point line and then got fouled on his fifth attempt. He made all three of the free throws. And with 5:31 Chaparral had cut the Raider lead to three, 38-35. The Raiders didn’t blink. They made six out their next seven free throws and senior guard
Jewett the Rangeview forward working in foul trouble most of the night fought for defensive rebounds and had big block shots.
Speller the junior Rangeview guard knocked down 9 of 10 free throws in the final three minutes on his way to scoring 15 points in the quarter. In total Rangeview shot 21 free throws in the fourth quarter making 16. For the
This is the first state championship for Raiders in 34 years and the first for an APS school since 1998.