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Basketball preview of the week ahead

Posted: Thursday, Feb 21st, 2013

SAN LUIS VALLEY—As the basketball season approaches it's final three days of the regular season, Kevin Schaefer of Colorado Preps has once again put out his weekly preview of the games and how they will effect the state.

Here is what he wrote about the San Luis Valley teams.

Class 3A

The only league championship undecided on the girls' side is the Intermountain where Centauri leads Pagosa Springs by one game. The Falcons won the defensive minded first game 26-24 with the rematch delayed by weather until this Friday. Both teams have games on their schedule with Monte Vista ahead of the showdown. If both teams capture wins against Monte Vista, then Centauri is the conference champion outright if they sweep the season series while Pagosa Springs earns a share of the crown by bouncing back from the earlier loss.

On the boys' side, Friday marks the rematch between Pagosa Springs and Centauri inside the Intermountain League.

The Pirates won the first meeting so they have a one game advantage over the Falcons going into the weekend. Both teams play Monte Vista ahead of the showdown and unless Pagosa beats Monte Vista and Centauri loses their game, Friday’s game will determine whether the two share the championship or if Pagosa wins the title outright.

Pagosa Springs is coming off a strong effort on Saturday as they allowed just five second half points in avenging their only conference loss to Alamosa.

Class 2A

For the girls, 9th ranked Sangre De Cristo is 8-0 in the Southern Peaks and owns a two game lead on Sanford, Del Norte and Sargent but they have not officially clinched. The T-Birds have beaten Del Norte and Sargent but still have a game remaining at Sanford on Friday. A win there wraps up the championship and gives Sangre the number one district tournament seed.

They also meet Cripple Creek on Saturday and enter the weekend with a ten game winning streak.

For the boys, 4th ranked Sanford all but officially clinched the Southern Peaks crown with their win over Sierra Grande last Friday (44-34).

The Indians can make it official by beating either Crested Butte on Thursday or Sangre De Cristo on Friday. Sangre is tied with Sierra Grande and Sargent for second place so that game is very important to their post-season placement.

Sierra Grande should finish the league schedule with two losses as they finish up with South Park on the road Saturday.

Sargent goes to Center on Thursday and then visits Custer County for a difficult date on Friday.

In addition to Sanford, Sangre De Cristo also battles Cripple Creek on Saturday. The T-Birds beat Sierra Grande, Sierra Grande beat Sargent and Sargent beat Sangre so a three way tie will need deeper tie-breakers to finalize the district tournament bracket. Custer County trails the three teams by just one game so they’re still a factor for at least fourth and could get there by beating Sargent on Friday.

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