Chaparral Crushes Columbine, Makes History
The Chaparral Wolverines mauled the Columbine Rebels in the Elite Eight Friday night 76-61, and will make their first final four appearance in the school’s history.
“For our program this is a really big win,” said Chaparral head coach Rob Johnson. “It gets us to another level we haven’t been to before. But when you have great players those things really fall into place. They play hard together and play for each other, so that helps things when you have that talent.”
Two of those most talented players in the state share a backcourt for the Wolverines. Senior Josh Adams and senior Cory Calvert are arguably the state’s most dynamic duo, and they did not disappoint against Columbine.
Adams led the way with 30 points and Calvert chipped in 17. They are both quick, athletic, and have deadly jump shots. Adams shot 67 percent from the field and Calvert shot 60 percent.
“They create so much for everybody. And it’s really hard to defend both sides of the court. So when they swing it to each other it’s very dangerous for the other team. They are a really, really hard match-up,” said Coach Johnson.
Adams was particularly dangerous, hitting 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and hitting all seven of the foul shots he attempted.
“I was feeling it a little bit,” said Adams. “I just came out and tried to do what best for my team. They found me and I hit my first couple of open shots, got on a roll, got in my groove and started playing.”
Adams had a had a highlight reel dunk in the waning moments of the second quarter, and nailed a long range buzzer beater to close out the first half. He put the icing on the cake by slamming down a one-handed jam for the last bucket of the contest. It was an exclamation point on a successful night for the Wolverines.
Chaparral (23-3) just out-classed Columbine (21-5). Chaparral had four players in double figures while Columbine only had one. The Wolverine’s Reece Elliott had 11 points and Brandon Malone had 10. The Rebel’s Nick Carpinello had a fantastic night for Columbine, tallying 26 points. But he had little help and Chaparral proved why they have been one of the state’s top teams since the beginning of this season.
“Today we wanted to come out and show that we have a number one seed for a reason. So we came out with the same mentality and took care of business,” Adams said.
The next order of business is a spicy Continental league match-up with Highlands Ranch in the state semi-finals.
“It just gets bigger from here," Adams said. "That’s the mentality we got to have and that’s the mentality the whole team has. Going to the final four for the first time in the team’s history and we need to make a point. This is the last time this team is going to get to play together and we have been playing together for a long time so that’s what motivates us."
“It feels really good," added Calvert. "This is where we wanted to be at the start of the season. This is what we worked very hard for. We are really excited to go to Boulder. We knew this is where we could get. Now we just got to win two more games and get that state championship.”
The madness continues Thursday night at the CU Events center in Boulder.
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