The sounds of Grandview's boys basketball team celebrating after the 59-53 Class 5A Great 8 victory over Chaparral on March 3 at the Denver Coliseum will be hard to forget for the eight Wolverine …
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The sounds of Grandview's boys basketball team celebrating after the 59-53 Class 5A Great 8 victory over Chaparral on March 3 at the Denver Coliseum will be hard to forget for the eight Wolverine underclass players.
“It will definitely give us motivation,” said junior forward Ronnie DeGray III. “Just to hear Grandview celebrating gives us fire for next season.”
All five Chaparral starters return from the team that went 21-5 during the 2017-18 season and coach Tellus Truesdale feels the disappointing loss to the Wolves will not be forgotten.
“This loss will be a learning experience for those guys that are coming back,” he said. “We have work to do. That's what we talked about in the locker room. We have to come back next year and get it done. That's our mindset. We have to take another step or two forward.
“You hear Grandview in their locker room cheering and celebrating, and rightfully so, and it stings. We have to remember this moment. As bad as it is, it is in the back of their minds that we don't want this to happen again.”
Grandview came out in the third period of the close game and hit four 3-point field goals and the Wolverines played catch-up the rest of the game.
“They were tough inside and we played zone to try to make them hit outside shots,” said Truesdale. “We lost their shooters a couple times and they knocked them down.”
Chaparral pulled to with three points in the final minute but had two 3-point attempts rim out. Grandview made just one field goal in the final 5:08 of the game but sank 7-of-13 free throws to seal the victory.
“It seemed like every little bounce went in for them on the free throw line and we had open looks that kind of went in and out,” added Truesdale. “You look at the first two Great 8 games (a one-point George Washington win and a two-point ThunderRidge victory) and it came down to one basket. You have to get those 50-50 balls and they didn't bounce our way.
“I don't fault our kids at all. We stuck to our game plan. Our kids played hard. They just made more plays than we did. We fell short but our kids had a great season.”
Grandview shot 56.4 percent for the game and hit 72.2 percent of their shots in the second half. Chaparral shot 39.5 percent for the game and was outrebounded 33-22 by the Wolves.
DeGray led the Wolverines with 22 points. Sophomore Kobe Sanders had 15 points while junior Bryce Matthew led the team with seven rebounds.
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