We are trying something new at Mile High Prep Report this basketball season. I have reached out to a few people who work/cover High School Sports at Radio Stations or other Media. Most of us Radio Folk watch at least 6 games Boys & Girls a week and see more basketball than most. I have asked for them to write an article for me when they can on their region/school.
I am really looking forward to seeing how these articles progress this season and hopefully can continue this for years to come.
I am still looking for more people to join the coverage and if your interested email me at Anthony5910@gmail.com or message me on Facebook.
Doug Wright is covering the 3A Metro League. Doug is the PA announcer for Colorado Academy and has attended at least 5 straight 3A State Tournaments for boys and girls.
3A METRO LEAGUE BOYS’ BASKETBALL REPORT #2
By Doug Wright
As the Metro League season moves into full swing, here is an update on the results and prospects of the boys teams. There was little movement in the rankings from the last report, with Faith Christian replacing Manual in the second place ranking behind Lutheran. With league competition now well underway, we’ll have a better sense of how these teams stack up by the end of this month.
#1 (Previously #1) Lutheran (10-2, 4-0 Metro League) will be tough to unseat in the Metro League, in large part due to 6’11” freshman Baye Fall. The young man leads the Metro League in rebounding (11.6 RPG) and blocks (3.6 per game) and averages over 21 points per game. The Lions cruised to a 50 point opening win over Prospect Ridge Academy and romped to 25+ point wins this week over #2 Faith Christian, Bishop Machebeuf and Peak to Peak, including a 31 point romp over #2 faith Christian. Can anyone solve the Lions’ length and athleticism, either in league or at the State Championships?
#2 (Previously #3) Faith Christian (10-3, 3-1 Metro League) is off to a very strong start of the Metro League season, with 46 and 50 point wins over league bottom-feeders Skyview Academy and Stargate School followed by a blowout loss to #1 Lutheran and a win on the road at Colorado Academy. Faith Christian is a solid bet for the runner-up position in the Metro League and to make noise in the State championship in March.
#3 (Previously #2) Manual (6-5, 3-1 Metro League) suffered a surprising setback to #6 Colorado Academy in its Metro League opener and was winless (0-3) since the holiday break before solid wins over #4 Jefferson Academy, Kent Denver and Prospect Ridge Academy. This team appears to be moving to regain the focus and intensity that carried it to the State championship last year. Much of the season remains for the Thunderbolts to do so. A game with #2 Faith Christian this week will be telling.
#4 (Previously #4) Jefferson Academy (10-2, 2-1 Metro League) took down Kent Denver by a dozen points on the Sun Devils’ home floor to start its Metro League campaign but then dropped an away tilt at #3 Manual before convincingly defeating Prospect Ridge Academy. The Jaguars have only one month end game versus Peak to Peak before moving into a busy end of league season in February.
#5 (Previously #5) Kent Denver (7-5, 3-2 Metro League) followed two strong early January wins over InterMountain League foes Alamosa and Monte Vista with Metro League losses to #4 Jefferson Academy and #3 Manual. Its league victories have come against lesser lights Peak to Peak, Skyview Academy and Prospect Ridge Academy. While a solid team, the Sun Devils do not seem poised to supplant any of the top four Metro League teams.
#6 (Previously #7) Bishop Machebeuf (6-7, 3-1 Metro League) ended a three game losing streak to non-league foes University, St. Mary’s and Manitou Springs by taking down Skyview Academy and Stargate School. The Buffaloes then were soundly defeated by #1 Lutheran before surprising Colorado Academy at home by three points. Some challenging games against top five league opponents remain for the Buffs, so we’ll see if they can sustain their strong start.
#7 (Previously #6) Colorado Academy (5-7, 1-2 Metro League) shocked defending State champions #3 Manual 58-56 in the opening game of its Metro League campaign but then fell at home to #2 Faith Christian and Bishop Machebeuf, indicating that the young Mustangs may not yet be ready to join the elite teams in the league.
#8 (Previously #8) Peak to Peak (6-6, 2-2 Metro League) Following a strong start to the season with four consecutive wins, Peak to Peak faltered with five straight losses, including a 31 point loss at #5 Kent Denver in its first league game. Last week the Pumas won road games at league lesser lights Skyview Academy and Stargate School before losing big at home versus #1 Lutheran. We’ll see if Peak to Peak can bounce back this week at home against Colorado Academy and #3 Jefferson Academy.
#9 (Previously #9) Prospect Ridge Academy (2-11, 0-4 Metro League) hasn’t been competitive against top five league opponents #1 Lutheran, #4 Jefferson Academy, #3 Manual and #5 Kent Denver. The schedule gets easier going forward for the Miners, but early indications are that Metro League wins will be hard to come by.
#10 (Previously #10) Skyview Academy (4-8, 0-4 Metro League) lost big to Faith Christian in its Metro League opener and also was defeated handily by Bishop Machebeuf and Kent Denver. The Hawks then played Peak to Peak tough before falling in overtime. A home game this week against Stargate School affords Skyview Academy an opportunity to post a league win.
#11 (Previously #11) Stargate School (2-9, 0-3 Metro League) lost its Metro League season opener to Faith Christian by 50 points before dropping home league games against Bishop Machebeuf and Peak to Peak by smaller but not insignificant amounts. A potentially winnable game at Skyview Academy this week will likely be its last opportunity for a league win until its league season finale against Prospect Ridge Academy.