Big game from the three point line sends Sanford to Championship

Donny Chavez (11) of Sanford goes to the hoop in front of Dolores’ Trey Seekins during Friday’s semifinal game. Sanford will move on to the Championship against Denver Christian on Saturday.(Stephen Jiron/Valley Courier)

SANFORD — Continuing a winning streak that spanned 8 games entering the post season Sanford took care of business on the first day of Regional tournament play with a one-sided win over the visiting Dolores Bears, 55-20.

The district tournament win from a week ago gave Sanford home court advantage for regional play. First up was Dolores.

Jakob Peterson hit three pointers immediately to give Sanford a  6-2 lead. But the home team was unable to build a substantial lead early  building it to a 10-6 lead. In the second quarter Peterson and company kept up a consistent pace while on the other side of the court Dolores would only muster one basket from Dakota Smith.

The imbalance only stoked the fire of what Sanford was capable of. In the third quarter Peterson, Thomas Faucette and Thad Jackson would combine for 6 three-pointers to produce a 22-point quarter for the home team while keeping the visiting Bears to just 6.

With a 30-point lead and 8 minutes to play Sanford had all but stitched the game up.  In the final frame Sanford would incrementally sub their reserves on to the court to tidy things up. Sanford was paced in scoring by Peterson who led with 21 points. With the win Sanford advances into the Region 5 Championship. In tomorrow’s game Sanford will face Denver Christian who edged Plateau Valley 44-43 to advance, tip off is set for 3:30 p.m.

Boys’ Basketball local look-in:

In the 1A classification both Creede and Sierra Grande were eliminated on Friday. Creede would fall to Kit Carson by three-points. While Sierra Grande fell to Walsh 48-35.  Kim-Branson defeated  McClave to earn a rematch with Sangre de Cristo. The T-Birds swept Kim-Branson aside 61-30 in their last meeting just two weeks ago. Tip off is slated for 6:30 p.m.

Up in 2A Sargent earned a commanding victory over Dayspring Academy 69-43. The Farmers will look to get revenge from the football field when they move on to the Region 1 championship game against first seeded Holly. Neither Del Norte nor Center were able to advance to Saturday. The Tigers fell to Sedgwick County by a score of 54-50 while Center was eliminated by Mancos, 43-29.

In the 3A State Tournament both valley teams advanced to the ‘Sweet 16’. Alamosa knocked off Platte Valley 57-48 and Centauri defeated University 68-52. In the next round Alamosa will take on second seeded Sterling. Centauri will play their third meeting with Cortez this season. The series is tied 1-1. Both games are scheduled to  begin at 1 p.m.

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