Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in last weekend's Region 3 tournament in Rifle. The Bruins played District 7's Alexander Dawson High School in a first-round matchup. The Mustangs finished third in league play with an 11-11 overall record.
Cedaredge used a second-half effort to forge a 51-41 win and move into the title game against the 2A second-ranked team Resurrection Christian (23-0). The No. 4 Bruins were no match for Resurrection Christian as the Cougars rolled to an 84-48 victory in the Pool 1 title game.
Bruins 51, Dawson 41
Cedaredge found itself scrambling to keep up with No. 5 Dawson in the early going. The Mustangs weren't doing anything spectacular, but both teams were feeling the nerves of a first-round playoff game. Dawson was able to find enough offense to take a
10-7 lead after one period of action.
Dawson's two-point lead was safe through second-quarter play as both teams scored seven points.
The Bruins held a brief lead, 15-13, near the 1:35 mark but trailed 17-15 at halftime.
Tyler Cooper opened the third quarter for Cedaredge with a 3-pointer for an 18-17 lead. Later in the period, Coop-er picked up his third foul near the 2:40 mark of the third quarter.
Isaac Swoffer's play at both ends of the floor provided spark for the Bruins, who earned the lead, 29-25, by quarter's end.
Both teams had their best offensive efforts in the fourth quarter. The Bruins used a 22-16 surge to extend their winning margin to 51-41.
Christian Reynolds had 12 points to lead Cedaredge shooters and Swoffer finished with 10. Cooper and Garrett Meyers had nine points each for the Bruins.
Dawson's Zach Dupont was the game's leading scorer with 14 points.
Pool 1 Title Game
RCHS 84, Bruins 48
The No. 1 team in Pool 1 play, Resurrection Christian, had too many weapons for the Bruins to keep contained. The Cougars were a well-oiled fast break machine that piled up points when opportunities presented themselves.
A 14-4 Cougars' lead at 3:13 blossomed to 29-6 when the horn sounded ending the first period.
Cedaredge held itself more accountable in the second quarter by scoring 11 points. The Cougars' offensive output was reduced to 20 points, leaving Resurrection Christian comfortably ahead, 49-17, at halftime.
The big first-half lead by Resurrection Christian was just too much for the Bruins to overcome in the second half. Cedaredge stumbled in the third quarter with just nine points but made up for it with a 22-point effort in the fourth quarter. The Cougars continued their high-octane style of play with 35 points in the second half to win the Region 3 Pool 1 championship.
Cedaredge's loss ended its season and left the Bruins with a 15-9 overall record.
Resurrection Christian, after winning the Pool 1 title, enters this week's 2A State Baskebtall Championships as the No. 2 seed behind Sanford and its 24-0 record.
The Cougars will carry their 23-0 record into the tournament and face No. 7 Rye (21-3) at 5:30 p.m. in Massari Gymnasium on the campus of CSU-Pueblo.