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Gilpin Eagles to host playoffs against Waldorf Spartans

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Gilpin Boys Basketball action Thursday, February 21

By George Snyder

The Gilpin County boys’ basketball team encountered rough going in their final three games of the regular season. The Eagles lost to Nederland 64-25 in a non-conference game, to Jim Elliot 71-35, and Shining Mountain 82-18 in 5280 League games. As a result, they will open the playoff tournament with an encounter with last place Denver Waldorf Spartans at the GCHS gym this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. This game will determine who occupies the final tournament seed, with the winner jumping off with Denver Jewish Day School next week.

Gilpin got off to a slow start against Nederland, but the first half was relatively close. In the third quarter, Panther seniors Dillon Weaver, Holden Reecer, and Connor Steele took charge and sent the Eagles reeling. The trio scored 44 points between them to provide most of the winning margin.

The Jim Elliot game was more a case of underclassmen vs. underclassmen, as GCHS Coach Paul Hanson played his freshman and sophomore players together in much of the contest. The Warriors moved out to a 39-17 lead at halftime and never looked back.

The Shining Mountain game was an example of total frustration. With the Lions regaining their rank as the No. 1 team in 1-A Basketball in Colorado, the young Eagles tried slowing down the game to prevent a rout. Shining Mountain, however, was familiar with the slow-down tactic, the same being used by Denver Jewish Day School to hand the Lions their only loss, earlier this month. The speedy Lions were able to cause many turnovers, but what hurt the Eagles worst was a 26-0 margin in the third quarter. Both teams made generous use of their substitutes, so it is hoped that the experience will benefit our young team in future years.

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