Overland beats Mountain Vista 64-36
DENVER – Below is a recap from our live blog during the game. CLICK HERE for a recap, photos, polls and video of all the 5A Great 8 coverage from Saturday.
FINAL SCORE: No. 1 Overland 64, No. 2 Mountain Vista 36
After one quarter of play, Overland had the lead, but not necessarily the upper hand in this battle. Senior F Ryan Swan scored the first bucket of the game for Overland, and junior C De’Ron Davis was the one getting his shots blocked by senior G Ray Beresford – but answered back on the next play by drawing a foul on dunk attempt, and sinking one. Mountain Vista is playing really aggressively, and is giving the Blazers a run for their money. First quarter’s last five seconds ended with a sweet Austin Conway bounce pass to junior G Reggie Gibson for the triple. It was very Stephen Curry-esque.
Senior G Brady Subart ended the Blazers’ 6-0 run with a bucket in the second. Reggie Gibson (10 points) was just showing off as well, and got his last bucket doing some sick spin move no one at the Coliseum seemed to comprehend – including ThunderRidge’s squad who had been watching the game. Overland definitely started to run away with the game. Now this was starting to look like the No. 1 Blazers. And, to end the second quarter with another big Overland statement, junior F Padiet Wang came up big with a dunk in the last three seconds. Halftime score: Overland 31, Mountain Vista 16.
Blazers have a lot of great rebounding going on, with 6-board contributions from Padiet Wang and Ryan Swam; 5-board efforts from De’Ron Davis and Elijah Halliburton. Reggie Gibson has a team leading 10 points – and he looks really sharp as well. Brady Subart leads the Golden Eagles with 7 points and 2 rebounds at the half. The Blazers have scored 14 points off Golden Eagle turnovers.
Starting the second half, and Overland. Is. Rolling. NOW. Vista looks very outmatched at this point in the game. Austin Conway is just starting to take command. He’s been ferocious on the fast break, and has been dishing out all kinds of wicked passes.
A technical foul was called on Golden Eagles’ bench. With just under 1:30 remaining in the game, “O-Town” led Vista 64-36, and will advance to the Final 4 for the second year in a row. Overland held Vista to single digit scores in three of the four quarters.
Future University of Wyoming baller Austin Conway is ridiculous. Check back later for video on him breaking Vista senior G Craig Breuker’s ankles. Boy can MOVE. Conway dropped 12 points, grabbed 1 board and was a critical play maker for the Blazers. The rest of TR’s rebounding efforts are really impressive: Reggie Gibson finished with 14 points, 6 boards and 3 dimes; Padiet Wang scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, dished out 3 dimes and blocked 1 shot; De’Ron Davis grabbed a game high 12 boards, added 7 points and blocked 3 shots; Ryan Swam had 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds; Elijah Halliburton contributed 7 points and 8 boards.
Brady Subart claims the game high 16 points, along with grabbing 2 boards; Ray Beresford contributed 7 rebounds and 2 blocks; senior C Nick Pepper finished with 9 points, 5 board and 1 blocked shot.
No. 1 Overland will play No. 6 Denver East in the Final 4 on Friday, March 13 at 8:30 pm at CU’s Coors Events Centers.