Sierra Silences Broomfield, Colorado Springs Showdown Awaits
BOULDER—The Sierra Stallions stomped the Broomfield Eagles 66-43 in the Final Four Thursday night at the Coors Event Center, setting up a state championship battle between two Colorado Springs Metro programs.
The Stallions will take on rival Lewis-Palmer for all of the marbles on Saturday night.
The Stallions halted a 24-game winning streak for the Eagles, powered by the prolific performance of Stallion senior Wesley Gordon.
“I just try to get my teammates the ball, knock down some shots, and play good defense,”
Gordon, who will be playing for the Colorado Buffaloes next season, successfully completed all of those tasks. He scored 19 points, snatched 15 rebounds, swatted eight shots, and dished out 3 assists. Those were all team highs in each statistical category. He played almost the entire game (31 minutes), and was an absolute monster from beginning to end.
“He puts the team on his back. He is the man,” said teammate Tytus Winters.
The Stallions also got off a fast start thanks to the sizzling hot shooting of Deon Wilson. The Sierra guard had 14 points in the first half, making all five of the shots he attempted, including four three pointers. He only had four points the rest of the game, but by the time the fourth quarter started, the game was already a blowout.
Sierra (26-1) led by ten points at the half, and increased their lead to 19 points going into the fourth frame. Late in the game, Sierra was leading by as many as 25 points. Broomfield (25-2) was ice cold all night, shooting just 28 percent from the field. Sierra, on the other hand, shot 51 percent.
“We worked for it. And hard work pays off,” said Winters.
The Stallions will now switch their focus to the state title game against the Lewis Palmer Rangers, a fellow Colorado Spring Metro team. The last time they played, the Rangers won 45-42.
“It’s a very good rivalry. The only loss we have is to them, so it should be a good game,” said Gordon.
Not only will it be a good game, but the match-up of big men should be epic. Gordon will be going toe to toe with Josh Scott, who like Gordon, is the nucleus of his team’s attack. Gordon and Scott are arguably the two best players in the state in the 4A classification, so it should be quite the showdown.
And to make matters even more intriguing, Scott and Gordon will both be playing on the same team next year at the University of Colorado. So before they become teammates in Boulder, they will be enemies in Boulder, with the 4A state championship on the line.
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