GOLDEN - Golden used a huge third quarter to beat Alameda 76-55 in a 4A Jeffco matchup Wednesday at Golden High School.
The Demons outscored the Pirates 23-11 in the third quarter and never let Alameda back in the game, after a tightly played first half.
Golden (5-5, 1-1) had four double-digits scorers including senior Tyler Richard's 11 points and eight rebounds.
Alameda (5-4, 1-1) junior's Marnath Rat and Morwail Arou each recorded 15 points, but Golden was too physical for the sometimes-too-finesse Pirates, who live-and-die by the three.
The two teams will have a rematch at Alameda on Feb. 6.
Alameda, who has won five of their previous seven games, will look for a victory when they host Arvada Friday at 7 p.m. Golden will play at Green Mountain Friday at 7 p.m.
D'EVELYN KEEPS ROLLING
D'Evelyn boys' basketball again stated their claim as one of the best teams in 4A with their 65-58 defeat of Golden Friday at D'Evelyn High School.
The Jaguars blew out Golden in the first quarter, outscoring the Demons 28-10.
And while the games wasn't necessarily in jeopardy in the second half, Golden outscored D'Evelyn in the second and third quarters to make things interesting in the fourth.
Still, D'Evelyn (10-1, 2-0) was dominant in the effort and continues to look like the cream of the crop, not only in 4A Jeffco but in all of 4A boys' basketball.
SLIPPING AFTER STRONG START
Green Mountain boys' basketball couldn't dig themselves out of a deep hole the team made in the second quarter and fell 59-47 Friday at Evergreen High School.
The Rams were outscored by 12 points in the second quarter (16-4) and they were unable to erase the Evergreen lead in the second half.
Green Mountain had three double digit scorers, but their defense allowed senior Andre Lane to beat them for 23 points and five steals.
After winning four of their first five games of the season Green Mountain (6-5, 1-1) has since dropped three of their last four games.
They hope to get back on track Friday at 7 p.m. at Golden High School.
Still struggling to find their way this season, last season's state champ's Faith Christian fell 63-60 Thursday at Eaton.
The Eagles rallied down eight points going into the fourth quarter but Eaton was able to hold Faith Christian off.
Faith Christian (4-6) has been trading punches with the win-loss column all season, but they hope to get back to championship form as they approach league play.
The Eagles will travel to Holy Family for a 3A/2A Metropolitan league matchup Friday at 6:30 p.m.
BEAT UP - BUT BETTER FOR IT?
There is beaten and there is beat up, and Jefferson boys basketball was beat up at Denver Science & Tech Stapleton 97-49 on Friday.
Six of the seven Knights' players scored in double figures, and DSTS scored at least 20 points in all four quarters.
Jefferson (4-3, 0-2) has to now try and put that ugly loss behind them and look to regain the form that gave them wins in four of their first five games of the season.
And while DSTS used only seven players, Jefferson has used 14 different varsity players this season. If they can find some cohesion and chemistry, they have the good to make some noise in the 3A Frontier league.
The Saints will host Middle Park Friday at 7 p.m. at Jefferson High School.
PANTHERS PROWLING FOR WIN
Pomona's struggles continued with their 64-37 loss to Columbine Friday at Pomona High School.
The Panthers (1-12, 0-6) were attacked early and outscored 33-16 in the first half.
Columbine senior Ty McMinimee hit four three pointers, and Pomona was unable to keep up offensively.
But relief maybe around the corner for Pomona in the form of Standley Lake (2-9, 1-4). Like the Panthers, the Gators struggle against offenses with firepower.
Both teams will look to get the second half of their seasons back on track when they meet Wednesday at Pomona at 7 p.m.
RV TURNING INTO A FORCE
Slowly but surely Ralston Valley boys' basketball team is starting to become a force to be reckoned with.
The Mustangs beat Bear Creek 68-46 Wednesday at Bear Creek High School.
Ralston Valley (6-5, 2-2) has now won five of their past six games after starting the season 1-4.
Senior Spencer Svejcar has found help in a pair of teammates who have bumped their scoring averages up to double digits.
Senior Hunter Price (10.2) and junior Zac Stevens (10.2) have provide the Mustangs with a three-headed monster that has helped turn Ralston Valley into a threat in 5A Jeffco.
The Mustangs will travel to Dakota Ridge for a meeting Friday at 7 p.m.