Class 2A Boys Basketball First Round Playoff Predictions
The State Basketball Playoff Brackets were released this morning and now we move right into my First Round Predictions. I will also have my full Playoff Predictions released later but want to get my round-by-round predictions completed. First thing I want to say congratulations to all teams that made the State Brackets. Second, this is all for fun and just my predictions. I always enjoy having conversations about my missed picks and like seeing everyone predictions as well. Finally, let’s play basketball!!
#16 Monte Vista over #17 Lyons
Monte Vista enters the playoffs at 7-5 overall and finishing 4th in the Southern Peaks. Monte Vista ended the season winning 3 of their last 4 games. Sr. Tyrese Otero (14.6 ppg), Sr. Andres Maestas (9.3 ppg), and Sr. Nick Torrez (7.0 ppg) lead Monte Vista in scoring. Monte Vista went 3-4 against Playoff teams. Lyons enters the playoffs at 8-2 and finished 3rd in the Mile High League. Lyons ended the season on a 7 game winning streak. Lyons is led in scoring by So. Tucker Mills (22.2 ppg), Jr. Gage Basey (17.6 ppg), and So. Nathan Richardson (9.5 ppg). Lyons went 1-1 against playoff teams. Monte Vista is my pick to beat Lyons. This will be a very good game. I am going with Monte Vista because they played the tougher schedule and are a senior heavy team. Lyons is a tough team and will be a team to watch next year.
#9 Mancos over #24 Custer County
Mancos enters the playoffs at 12-2 and finished second in the San Juan League. Both of Mancos losses are to League Champions Ignacio. Jr. Connor Showalter (18.2 ppg), Jr. Evan Sehnert (13.4 ppg), and Jr Edgar Hernandez (10.4 ppg) lead the way for Mancos in scoring. Mancos did not play the most difficult schedule going 1-2 against playoff teams. Custer County enters the playoffs at 6-8 and earned the automatic berth winning the West Central league. Custer County is led in scoring by Sr. Tristin Greenhagen (16.2 ppg), Jr. Ben Penkoff (7.8 ppg), and So. Cameron Penkoff (6.9 ppg). Custer County has played a difficult schedule going 2-5 against playoff teams. I am going with Mancos over Custer County. This will not be an easy game for Mancos though. Custer County has played tough against Sanford and Monte Vista and took Crested Butte to Double OT. Mancos, I think has to much firepower and moves into the Sweet 16.
#12 Wiggins over #21 Vail Christian
Wiggins enters the playoffs at 9-5 and finished 6th in the Lower Platte League. Wiggins ended the year winning 3 of their final 4 games including big wins over Byers and Platte Valley. Wiggins will be looking to move into the Sweet 16 and will be tested by a solid Vail Christian team. Wiggins went 2-5 against playoff teams. Vail Christian enters the playoffs at 8-4 and finished 3rd in the Western Slope League. Vail Christian ended the year winning their final 3 games. Vail Christian is led in scoring by Jr. Leo Rothenberg (11.5 ppg), Jr. Connor Downey (8.7 ppg), and Jr. Vincent Nowicki (7.8 ppg). Vail Christian went 2-4 against playoff teams. This will be one of the better games in the first round of the playoffs. I expect a very close game. I picked Wiggins due to them playing a slightly better schedule but both teams come into this game hot and home court could be the difference.
#13 Fowler over #20 Vail Mountain
Fowler enters the playoffs with an 8-6 record and finished second in the Santa Fe League. Fowler is entering the playoffs on a bit of a slump losing their final two games of the regular season. Fowler is led in scoring by Sr. Val Leone (18.0 ppg), Sr. Gabriel Proctor (13.4 ppg), and Fr. Scott Mobbley (10.2 ppg). Fowler played a tough schedule going 0-6 against playoff teams. Vail Mountain enters the playoffs going 6-4 and finishing 5th in the Western Slope league. Vail Mountain closed the regular season on a high point beating Cedaredge. Vail Mountain is led in scoring by Jr. Cole Pattison (10.4 ppg), Sr. Devin Yarde (9.8 ppg), and Sr. Becker Dienst (8.4 ppg). Vail Mountain went 1-3 against playoff teams. I am going with Fowler over Vail Mountain. Both teams have plenty of playoff experience but I am going with Fowler due to their tougher schedule and more fire power.
#15 Lake County over #18 Atlas Prep
Lake County enters the playoffs at 9-3 and finished 4th in the 3A/2A Frontier League. Lake County has found some solid success this season and will look to keep that going into the playoffs. Lake County is led in scoring by So. Adrian Medina (14.8 ppg), Sr. Dylan Windorski (11.8 ppg), and Sr. Anthony Martinez (10.5 ppg). Lake County went 1-2 against playoff teams but played a 3A schedule. Atlas Prep enters the playoffs going 9-3 but did not play in a league and were an Independent school. Atlas Prep was led in scoring by Devante Johnson (11.8 ppg), Kunu Bickal (11.3 ppg), and Isiah Johnson (9.6 ppg). Atlas Prep went 1-2 against playoff teams. I am going with Lake County over Atlas Prep. I think Lake County played the tougher schedule and have playoff experience from a year ago.
#10 Ignacio over #23 Crested Butte
Ignacio enters the playoffs at 12-2 and won the San Juan League. Ignacio is on a 11-game winning streak including 2 wins over Mancos during that time. Ignacio is led in scoring by Sr. Bryce Finn (14.6 ppg), Sr. Brady McCaw (11.8 ppg), and Sr. Dylan Labarthe (11.4 ppg). Ignacio went 2-1 against playoff teams and will have to be disciplined against the 2-1-2 zone of Crested Butte. Crested Butte enters the playoffs at 8-4 and finished 3rd in the Southern Peaks League. Crested Butte ended the season winning 3 of their last 4 games. Crested Butte is led in scoring by Jr. Erik Wasinger (17.2 ppg), Jr. Alan Prieto (12.8 ppg), and Jr. Grayson White (8.3 ppg). Crested Butte went 3-3 against playoff teams. I am going with Ignacio over Crested Butte but this will be a good game. Crested Butte will need their defense to play a great game against a very athletic Ignacio team. Ignacio must take care of the ball to defeat the trapping zone Crested Butte uses.
#11 Del Norte over #22 Dayspring Christian
Del Norte enters the playoffs at 11-3 and won the Southern Peaks League. Del Norte used a huge upset win over Sanford to win the league title and jump up to the #11 seed. Del Norte is led in scoring by So. Ben Parra (15.2 ppg) and Sr. Logan Cestone (14.4 ppg). Del Norte went 4-2 against playoff teams. Dayspring Christian went 8-6 this year and finished 4th in the Mile High League. Dayspring Christian ended the season winning 3 of their last 4 games to get into the playoffs. Dayspring Christian is led in scoring by Sr. Christian Still (25.9 ppg), So. Malachi Fast (9.4 ppg), and So. Joe Davenport (9.1 ppg). Dayspring Christian went 0-5 against playoff teams. I am picking Del Norte over Dayspring Christian. The improvement Del Norte has made this season is key. Del Norte defeated 3 playoff teams in their final 4 games and I think that momentum is key to the winning this game. Dayspring Christian will need their offense to carry them in this game.
#19 Holyoke over #14 Meeker
Meeker enters the playoffs at 10-4 and finishing second in the Western Slope League. Meeker won 4 of their final 5 games and took De Beque to OT in a great Western Slope Championship game. Meeker is led in scoring by Sr. Spud White (14.8 ppg), Sr. Ryan Phelan (12.4 ppg), and Jr. Liam Deming (11.2 ppg). Meeker went 1-3 against playoff teams. Holyoke enters the playoffs with a 7-7 record and finishing 3rd in the Lower Platte League. Holyoke has played a difficult schedule and they have had their ups and downs. Holyoke is led in scoring by Fr. Wyatt Sprague (13.6 ppg), Jr. Ethan Johnson (12.3 ppg), and Jr. Miles Sprague (11.1 ppg). Holyoke went 3-5 against playoff teams. This in my opinion is the best game of the first round and I have swapped who I picked multiple times. I am going with Holyoke over Meeker. I think Holyoke played the tougher schedule and if they get everything together at the right time will be tough against anyone. Meeker showed in the Western Slope Championship that they also can hang with anyone. This was not an easy pick but should be a great game!