Consolation champions in 2011 and runners-up in 2012, Kent Denver now has its eyes set on a Class 3A state title.
The Sun Devils (25-1) rolled past Brush 59-38 Friday afternoon at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, advancing them to Saturday’s championship game at 5:30 p.m. against Pagosa Springs, which beat Eaton 56-33.
Kent Denver’s Josh Repine led all scorers with 14 points, including a game-high three 3-pointers. Teammate Michael Hanley added 10 points as Kent Denver jumped to a 25-11 halftime lead, bolstered by a strong defensive effort in the second quarter.
Brush (22-4) scored just two points in the second quarter and shot only 23.8 percent in the first half and 28.9 percent for the game. Randy Baker led Brush with nine points.
Kent Denver played in last year’s 3A state championship game, losing 41-40 in a heartbreaker with Faith Christian. The year before, Kent Denver won the consolation championship with a 72-65 overtime win over Machebeuf.
PAGOSA SPRINGS 56, EATON 33 — Kain Lucero scored 14 and Dean Hampton added 13, carrying Pagosa Springs to the 3A title game.
Garek Erskine and Quinn Smith each scored nine for Pagosa Springs (22-3) which lost to Kent Denver in the 3A Sweet 16 last year.
Eaton (16-10) shot just 25 perent — compared to 44.3 percent for Pagosa Springs. Eaton plays Brush at 2 p.m. Saturday in the third place game.
FAITH CHRISTIAN 48, STERLING 46 — The Eagles hung on for the tight win despite getting out-scored 28-16 in the second half.
Christian Cambier scored 13 as Faith Christian (15-11) advances to Saturday’s consolation championship game against Colorado Academy.
COLORADO ACADEMY 51, HOLY FAMILY 49, OT — Jack Buckmelter led all scorers with 18 and teammate Christian Hyatt added 11 in a tight game featuring five ties and nine lead changes.
Tied at 43 after regulation, Colorado Academy (18-8) shot 60 percent in the extra quarter, compared to just 27.3 percent for Holy Family (20-6).
ST. MARY’S 31, CENTAURI 19 — Using aggressive, lock-down defense, St. Mary’s shut down Centauri’s leading scorer, Taylor Wilson and held Centauri to just four second-half points, propelling the team to the 3A state championship game.
St. Mary’s plays Holy Family 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Moby Arena.
Wilson, who averages 15 points per game, was held to just six points — still good enough for the team lead — shooting just 2-for-9 from the field.
Gabi Florek led the attack for St. Mary’s (23-4) with 12 points.
HOLY FAMILY 39, DENVER SCIENCE & TECH STAPLETON 38 — Holy Family hung on late as Denver Science & Tech Stapleton missed two free throws with under 10 seconds left.
Lindsey Chavez made a 3-pointer late, giving Holy Family the 36-35 lead and cap a 7-0 run for the Tigers (21-5).
PAGOSA SPRINGS 38, TRINIDAD
8 — Emily Bryant scored 13 and Anissa Lucero added 10 as Pagosa Springs advances to the consolation championship game against Kent Denver.
The Pirates (21-4) took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Trinidad (20-6) 12-3. Pagosa Springs plays Kent Denver in the consolation final.
64, BISHOP MACHEBEUF 47 — Maya Love, Chloe Graves and Havana McElvaine combined for 58 of the team’s points as Kent Denver rolled past Bishop Machebeuf to the consolation final.
Love had 21, Graves had 20 and McElvaine added 17 as Kent Denver (21-5) shot 53.3 percent from the floor.