Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

The 2018-19 Mullen boys basketball team at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

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Turn-around run ends

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After Wedsnesday nigh's 82-57 loss to top-seeded Chaparral in Class 5A's Sweet 16, the Mustangs said farewell to seniors such as Christian Davis, top, and look to next season with juniors Isaac White, below, and Isaac Ondekane, bottom.

Mustangs fall 82-57 to No. 1 Chaparral; program vastly improved

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

PARKER – Usually, only a championship can offset the end of a season.

Mullen found it out on Wednesday night, when host and No. 1 seed Chaparral grabbed control early and rolled the Mustangs 82-57 in the Class 5A Sweet 16.

There was sorrow, lament and hollowness immediately afterward for the Mustangs, but second-year head coach Bob Caton chose to point to the good things accomplished by his group.

“Like I told the seniors, people have been coming up and saying it,” Caton said. “These seniors, they put Mullen basketball back on the map. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, they did a good job.”

The Mustangs finished 16-10 in 2018-19, an improvement from 11-14 a season ago. It also was Mullen’s best showing since going 17-9 in 2007-08.

Their brand of basketball also has been on the upswing and their 7-7 mark in the Centennial League matched their showing in 2009-10. Mullen had been a woeful 10-88 from 2010-17.

After winning two playoff games, including one on the road, the 17th-seeded Mustangs began the game with a left-handed dunk by Isaac Ondekane, but simply couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Wolverines, who enter Saturday’s Great 8 21-4. They canned eight of their first 10 shots in taking a 20-15 lead through 8 minutes.

And it was where Mullen hit the proverbial wall – it ended the final minutes of the second quarter with five turnovers, trailed 32-22 at half and scored only nine points over 12 minutes. Chaparral had climbed to a 16-point lead to take firm command.

Scoring droughts against the higher-end competition were a problem throughout the season.

“They shot it very well,” Caton said of the Wolverines. “We were still trying to hang in there, but we hit that one little stretch there that hurt us.”

For Mullen, Isaac White had a team-high 22 points and Ondekane added 14. They are the two juniors who will be the main core of the 2019-20 team.

As for this season’s seniors, Jake Beckish, Christian Davis, Joe Libby, Connor Riepma, Brady Parris, Vaughnn Stitt and Matt Veen will move on with thanks from Caton.

“They’re the ones who have turned it around, a great group,” he said. “and they were a pleasure to coach. I’ve been lucky.”

 Others will get their turns beginning with the off-season and Caton called the program’s prospects “promising.”

It will be an interesting and familiar Great 8 – four Centennial teams, three from the Continental and one from the EMAC, including four from the Aurora area that has taken over big-school play. (1) Chaparral will have (24) Cherry Creek along with (3) Rangeview-(6) Grandview; (4) Overland-(5) ThunderRidge; and (2) Mountain Vista-(7) Smoky Hill.

 

CHAPARRAL 82, MULLEN 57

Mullen –  15  7  14  21  -- 57

 Chaparral –  20  12  20  30  -- 82

Mullen – Davis 1 0-0 3, Stitt 1 2-2 4, White 8 3-4 22, Parris 2 1-2 6, Ondekane 7 0-2 14, Veen 2 1-1 5, Riepma 1 1-2 3, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0, Dominguez 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 8-15 67.

Chaparral – Sanders 5 4-5 16, Dalton 4 0-0 11, Lewis 2 4-6 8, Waldron 3 4-4 10, Matthews 8 1-6 17, GIles 4 0-0 9, Baller 1 0-0 3, Patten 1 2-2 5, Czarnecki 0 2-2 2, Ruth 0 0-0 0, Speckman 0 0-0 0, Jacob 0 1-2 2. Totals 28 18-27 82.

3-pt. goals – White 3, Davis, Parris; Dalton 3, Sanders 2, Baller, Giles, Patten.

 

 

Rockin’ in Castle Rock

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Senior Matt Veen, above, found himself in the thick of Saturday's game, including at the end; Isaac Ondekane, below, had a double-double despite still shaking off the flu; and junior Isaac White, bottom, again led the team in scoring.

 

Veen’s block caps huge team effort as Mustangs outlast SaberCats

59-56; top-seeded Chaparral is next in the Sweet 16 on Wednesday

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

CASTLE ROCK – We have Matt Veen’s word on it.

“Don’t worry,” he said. “It was all ball.”

The senior forward came up large on defense on Saturday night, blocking a 3-point attempt in the final seconds as Mullen slipped past host Castle View 59-56 in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

In improving to 16-9, the Mustangs will be at top-seeded Chaparral on Wednesday in Parker for the Sweet 16.

“Ooh, that was tremendous, a game-winner,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said of Veen’s play.

It capped a very watchable, back-and-forth game between the two that was hotly as well as smoothly contested in front of a strong crowd, including for Mullen.

After the Mustangs’ Christian Davis made 1-of-2 free throws with 10.2 seconds to play, the SaberCats inbounded, came down and obviously wanted to get the ball to Chase Hettinger, who led all scorers with 23 points. However, the ball made its way to 6-foot-6 Bryson Lindsey to the top left of the key. He went up for an attempt, only to have Veen come over to aid Vaughnn Stitt on defense and deflect the shot.

“I saw No. 1 (Hettinger) coming down,” Veen said, “and I was, like, ‘OK, he might get the shot,’ so I helped Vaughnn out there and I saw (Lindsey) out there can came out for the tip.”

It capped a tight game in which the largest lead was six points, Mullen never trailed in the second half and anxious moments abounded down the stretch.

For Mullen, it overcame missing the front end of two one-and-one situations inside the final 90 seconds. The Mustangs also had to overcome only periodic use of 6-8 junior strongman Isaac Ondekane, who was still suffering from flu symptoms after missing the Miustangs’ first-round victory over Chatfield.

However, as Caton said, “we really took care of the ball pretty good and we got good shots, the shots we wanted, and a great defensive effort. It’s one of the better games we’ve had.”

The Mustangs’ rotation was short, but effective. Isaac White again led the team in scoring with 20 points, frequently beating the Wolverines off the dribble and getting to the basket. None were bigger than the two free throws he made with 53.7 seconds to play to make the score 56-52.

Ondekane still managed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Davis had 10 points, from the game’s first basket to a big 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. Veen added six points as did senior Connor Riepma, who adeptly spelled Ondekane. Stitt had four points, all free throws, notably two with 17.9 ticks remaining that made it 58-54 and proved to account for the winning points. And Brady Parris turned in his usual quarterback efforts.

“When we play with that kind of effort, that kind of taking care of the ball and that kind of defense,” Caton said, “the other things will fall into place that we’re not doing that well.”

White, whose first two years were at Malvern Prep, Pa., said the Mustangs are getting tighter and enjoying the run “for sure … I think we’ve matured a lot during the season and we’re getting used to big moments. Our coaches put us in the right position and we came out with the win.”

And extending their season, he added, has the Mustangs “just excited to get to practice on Monday, play in the next round and just keep rolling with it.”

Mullen has its most victories in a season since going 17-9 in 2007-08.

“There’s a lot of heart sitting over there,” Caton said afterward while pointing to his players and looking forward to No1 Chaparral. “That’s why we’re here, to take care of business. (The Wolverines) have been No 1 all year. We’ll be ready.”

 

MULLEN 59, CASTLE VIEW 56

Mullen 12  15  18  14  --  59

Castle View  16  20  17  13  --  56

Mullen – Davis 4 1-3 10, Veen 3 0-0 6, Stitt 0 4-4 4, White 8 3-4 20, Parris 1 0-0 2, Ondekane 4 3-5 11, Riepma 3 0-1 6. Totals 23 11-17 59.

Castle View – Hettinger 9 1-1 23, Brown 0 0-2 0, Lindsey 7 0-0 16, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Poux 2 0-0 4, McKean 4 0-0 10, Horras 1 0-0 3, Blankenship 0 0-0 0, Cushman 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 1-3 56.

3-pt. goals – White, Davis; Hettinger 4, Lindsey 2, McKean 2, Horras.

 

White sparks 'Stangs in 5A's 1st round

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen SPorts Information Specialist 

For the second consecutive season, Mullen boys basketball earned an opening-round playoff victory.

The Mustangs rolled Jefferson County’s Chatfield for a second time in 2018-19. On Wednesday night, they an 80-60 decision at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

Mullen had beaten the Chargers 91-68 in its Christmas tournament on Dec. 22.

A year ago, the Mustangs opened the playoffs with a 65-38 victory at Fossil Ridge in Fort Collins.

In improving to 15-9, the Mustangs advanced to the second round. On Saturday, they will be in Castle Rock to meet Castle View of the Continental League. Tip-off will be at 5 p.m.

With junior strongman and 6-foot-8 Isaac Ondekane sidelined with an illness, the Mustangs took a bit to pull away from the Chargers, but did so behind balanced scoring. Again, junior Isaac White led the team in scoring, this time with 17 points.

He had lots of help as Matt Veen added 16, including three dunks and a wave of rebounds. Senior Christian Davis, who scored 55 in the previous Chatfield meeting, added 14 and Brady Parris contributed 11.

The Mustangs continue on their best record since going 17-9 in 2007-08. They are 26-23 with Bob Caton as head coach after going an aggregate 81-158 the previous 10 seasons under three others.

 

Mustangs ready for playoff opener at home

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It’s here for Mullen boys basketball. The Class 5A playoffs. The time to deliver. And the time to enjoy.

The Mustangs will open the big-school postseason on Wednesday at Hutchison Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. with a rematch against Chatfield. They downed the Chargers 91-58 in the Mullen Christmas Classic on Dec. 22 in a memorable outing, one in which senior guard Christian Davis erupted for 55 points, including 15 3-pointers.

Calling his anticipation and excitement while at practice this week “uncontrollable,” senior guard Brady Parris said “I was already watching Chatfield film … everyone knows the story. It’s very exciting.”

Mullen is 14-9 and was 7-7 in the Centennial League, arguably the top big-school group in a season in which the race to next month’s title game is wide open. And the Mustangs smell opportunity.

“We have a good chance (to progress in the bracket),” Mullen head coach Bob Caton said. “I think this year is one of those years that you could probably have 15-to-16 teams that could win the state championship. Not the top 15 or 16 seeds, but a lot of them have chances.

“You now the adage: If you can win while having a bad game … there is a lot of depth.”

Davis tops Mullen scoring at 14.0 points and junior Isaac White, after a slow start, has been a regular contributor (11.2). Junior center Isaac Ondekane is averaging a double-double, 13.3 points and 12.4 rebounds.

Wednesday’s winner will move to the second round to face Castle Rock’s Castle View on Saturday, 5 p.m.

“Everyone is really on edge,” Parris said. “For these seniors, this group, it’s what we’ve waited for for four years, and we’re ready to go out there and prove ourselves and see what we can do.”

 

ROUGH FINISH

Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

A bottled-up and frustrated Mullen didn't finish the regular season the way it wanted, but the Class 5A state playoffs await. The barcket will be announced on Sunday.

 

‘Stangs fall at Overland, but remain in the Class 5A playoff pictiure

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA – The effort was as murky and confusing as their playoff certainties.

A feisty Overland rolled Mullen 74-55 in the Centennial League on Friday night, an effort the Mustangs probably want to forget with the postseason becoming official on Sunday with the release of the Class 5A playoff bracket.

The thing was, the Mustangs were coming off their best victory of the season, 76-74 at the buzzer over Smoky Hill at home on Wednesday.

However, as Mullen head coach Bob Caton said afterward, “there was no carryover.”

In fact, there wasn’t much of anything good. The Mustangs fell behind early and often, had no answer for Trailblazers junior Graham Ike, who scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the first half, and turned exhausted while trying to play catch-up. And while the Mustangs cut the Overland lead to 10 points with about a half-quarter to play, they got no closer..

However, Mullen completed the regular season 14-9 overall, 7-7 in league. It’s the most victories in a season for the program since winning 17 in 2007-08 and the .500 league mark matches the 2009-10 finish.

Still, it wasn’t what Caton and his staff were seeking on the verge of the postseason..

“We didn’t come to play,” he said. “We didn’t rebound, didn’t defend and you can’t do that against a team like (Overland, 17-6, 10-4).”

Junior Isaac White again led the Mustangs, going for 19 points. He was the only Mustang in double figures. Isaac Ondekane, Vaughnn Stitt and Matt Veen each added eight as Mullen matched its fourth-lowest offensive point total of the season.

In addition, Mullen awaits its postseason spot that includes a guessing game. The Mustangs were 17th coming into Friday. If they stay there or drop a bit, they will host a first-round game on Wednesday. If they make 16, they’ll get a bye, then host a game later in the week.

“This was tough, but we’re not done,” Caton said.

 

OVERLAND 74, MULLEN 55

Mullen  8  15  10  22  --  55

Overland  16  19  15  24  -- 74

Mullen – Davis 3 0-1 6, Veen 4 0-0 8, White 7 4-6 19, Parris 2 1-2 6, Riepma 0 0-0 0, Ondekane 4 0-4 8, Stitt 2 3-4 8, Beckish 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Berg 0 0-0 0, Dominguez 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 8-17 55.

Overland – Deden 0 2-2 2, Swanson 3 6-6 13, Rice 3 1-3 8, Pena-Avila 0 1-2 1, Ike 13 3-3 29, Chaney 1 0-0 3, Coney 1 0-0 2, Adams 3 2-2 9, Editone 0 2-2 2, Cuasito 0 1-2 1, Thrower 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 18-22 76.

3-pt. goals: Parris, Stitt, White; Adams, Chaney, Rice, Swanson.

 

‘Stangs beat Buffs at buzzer

 

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Mullen's Christian Davis surprised Smoky Hill, top, by driving to the basket and scoring on a layup, below left, as the buzzer sounded in a 76-74 thriller, setting off, below, a wild celebration at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

 

Davis’ big move seals 76-74 victory over Smoky Hill on Senior Night

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

For all we know, Mullen’s Mustangs may still be taking pen and paper in hand and autographing a long-awaited signature victory for their season after Wednesday night’s 76-74 thriller over Smoky Hill.

The largest crowd in 2018-19 packed a very loud Hutchison Fieldhouse for a wild Centennial League victory, but afterward it was difficult to choose which earned top billing.

Was it the sweet victory, the one the Mustangs and their followers had been waiting for, that may have secured a home playoff game next week in the Class 5A bracket or was it the way it ended?

Early returns indicate in may be the way it ended. After calling a timeout with 7.6 seconds to play, the Mustangs went to sharpshooter Christian Davis on Senior Night and playing in his last home game of the regular season. Davis was a good bet to pop one from the perimeter, but when Smoky Hill 6-foot-5 star Kenny Foster went to check Davis at the top of the key, the Mustangs guard surprised Foster as well as everyone else on hand by going to the basket and laying one in at the buzzer that also dropped through the nets as Foster was going to be called for goal-tending.

A very excited scene followed as Mullen moved to 14-8 overall, 7-6 in league. It has its most overall victories since the 2007-08 season and league wins since 2009-10. The victory also gave the league title to Grandview. Smoky Hill is 17-5, 9-4 and in a three-way tie for second with Eaglecrest and Overland.

And the Davis legend continues.

“The play that was drawn up by the coaches was a great play, but it just broke down a little,” he said. “I was going to shoot it, step back to the left and shoot a (3-pointer0, but I saw (Foster) come up a little bit and I saw a lane.”

He caught Foster flat-footed, went past him and had the ball going down off the backboard and into the cylinder as Foster illegally touched it.

 “I just stood there and watched,” a happy Mustangs guard Brady Parris said.

And how about the irony – Davis is regarded as one of Colorado’s top shooters, but he has done virtually all of it from the perimeter. He’s rarely in the paint. And he has been a targeted player since dropping 55 points on Chatfield before Christmas, a performance that included just one layup, two free throws and 51 points beyond the key, well beyond in most cases.

“We were looking for that one,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said.

They were and it was a struggle after everything went right early for thr Mustangs. Mullen actually led the Buffaloes 31-11 in the second quarter. It had ball movement, shooting, rebounding and defense. However, the Buffs gradually started to claw back, mainly behind Foster, who had a game-high 35 points, his fifth game of 30-or-more this season. Jalen Weaver added 17 points and Quinten Rock had 16, 14 after halftime.

Plus, the Buffs, who never led, made 18-of-20 free throws to the Mustangs’ 19-of-32. And the momentum really shifted early in the third quarter, when Mustangs junior center Isaac Ondekane was whistled for his fourth foul and he followed it with a technical for his fifth foul and disqualification.

However, Parris may have had his best game, canning five 3-pointers. Junior Isaac White led the team with 17 points, including 7-of-8 free throws and eight rebounds despite bouts with cramps. Davis had 16 points, Vaughnn Stitt made six free throws late. Senior Connor Riepma had 11 points and battled inside with Matt Veen. Even sporadically used senior Jake Beckish got into the act, drilling a 3-pointer in the first quarter.

“Teams are always going to have runs and it’s hard to keep that momentum going,” Caton said. “But we responded. And what a great move by Christian! Isaac (White) and Brady were great … this is the one we were looking for.”

The Mustangs will wrap up their regular season on Friday, 7 p.m., at Overland, the 2018 league champion, in Aurora, then await the release of the Class 5A bracket on Sunday.

But the final days of the regular season just turned a little more exciting.

“It feels really good to get one like this,” Davis said. “I will remember this for the rest of my life.”

 

MULLEN 76, SMOKY HILL 74

Smoky Hill  11  13  16  24  -- 74

Mullen  20  17  18  21  -- 76

Smoky Hill – Rock 5 2-2 16, Weaver 4 8-9 17, Whitaker 0 0-0 0, Foster 13 7-7 35, Tuom 0 0-0 0, Darnell 0 0-0 0, Walker 0 0-0 0, Horn 1 0-0 2, Latham 1 1-2 4, Sanders 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 18-20 74.

Mullen – Davis 5 3-3 16, Veen 1 1-2 3, Stitt 0 6-9, 6, Parris 5 0-0 15, Riepma 5 1-5 11, White 4 7-7 17, Beckish 1 0-0 3, Ondekane 2 1-5 5. Totals 23 19-32 76.

3-pt. goals – Rock 4, Foster 2, Latham, Weaver; Parris 5, Davis 3, White 2, Beckish. Fouled out – Ondekane. Technical – Ondekane.

 

 

Familiar flaws sink Mustangs 79-64

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Christian Davis, top, and Connor Riepma, below, gave it a go for Mullen, but familiar flaws arose again in a Centennial League loss at home to Eaglecrest. The Mustangs fell 79-64.

 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

They have been down this road before and know where it leads.

Trouble. Frustration. And defeat.

Mullen’s Mustangs offered another dose of the same old, same old on Monday night, losing 79-64 to Eaglecrest in Centennial League play at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

In falling to 13-8 overall, 6-6 in league, the flaws in the Mustangs’ game reared their ugly heads again. It began with an uninspired first half that contained poor free-throw shooting, being too slow on defense, not finishing at the rim, failing to protect the paint and wasting way too much energy trying to play catch-up that led to another unpleasant defeat.

“Yeah, we got into too big of a hole,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said. “And it’s the same thing, isn’t it? We can’t make free throws, can’t put in easy shots …”

Plus, Eaglecrest, which moved to 14-7 overall, is 9-3 in league and a game off the pace of the Centennial. And for reasons.

“They’re a good team,” Caton said of the Raptors.

They were again on Monday in sweeping the Mustangs. The Raptors trailed only once, at 2-0, and had success finding the open player, faring well from the perimeter and battling down low. Despite 11 turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the second half, Eaglecrest didn’t give up its lead, made its first four 3-pointers – and 11 for the game to Mullen’s three – of the fourth quarter and made 18-of-23 free throws to the Mustangs’ dreadful 3-of-11.

“And they can shoot over people,” Caton said. “We can’t.”

Junior Isaac White again led Mullen in scoring with 17 points and Isaac Ondekane had 16. Connor Riepma added 11 and Matt Veen nine. Ondekane contributed 17 rebounds and Veen seven.

The Mustangs also suffered through a series of blocked shots as Caton added: “We can’t shoot over people, so we have to do what we do well. We need to get back to work and see if we can get a little better.”

Mullen will have its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, when Smoky Hill, which still has a chance to get at least a share of the league title, visits. The Mustangs will wrap up the regular season on Friday, playing at Overland, the 2018 Centennial champion, in Aurora, before waiting for the release of the Class 5A playoff bracket on Sunday.

 

EAGLECREST 79, EAGLECREST 64

Eaglecrest  10  26  16  27  --  79 

Mullen  8  15  21  20  --  64

Eaglecrest – Robinson 3 6-6 14, Bokol 7 7-9 23, Ruckard 3 3-5 11, Bile 2 2-2 6, Wilson 8 0-0 21, Wiley 2 0-1 4, Stilson 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 18-23 79.

Mullen – Davis 1 0-0 3, Veen 4 1-4 9, Stitt 2 1-1 5, Parris 1 0-0 3, Ondekane 8 0-2 16, White 8 0-3 19, Riepma 5 1-1 11, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Beckish 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Berg 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 3-11 64.

3-pt. goals – Wilson 5, Bokol 2, Robinson 2, Ruckard 2; Davis, Stitt, White. Technicals – Stitt.

 

For starters, Mustangs roll Cougars

                                                                                                          Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

Coach Bob Caton watched his starters score off of the team;s points on friday, top, including 17 by Brady Parris, below.

 

Mullen's first five scores all of the points in 74-60 win

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

For starters, Mullen is playing very well.

As a matter of fact, Mullen’s first five scored all of its points in a 74-60 home decision of Cherokee Trail on Friday night in the Centennial League.

“That’s a good sign,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said.

In delighting the crowd at Hutchison Fieldhouse, the Mustangs also improved to 13-6 overall, 6-4 in league, and those numbers are impressive, too. Mullen not only assured itself of its first winning season since going 17-9 in 2007-08, but the Mustangs are one victory away from matching their best league showing in 11 seasons.

But there are four league games to go to complete the regular season, and with league-leading Grandview losing to Smoky Hill on Friday, the Mustangs are just two games behind those two programs and one off from third-place Eaglecrest, which will visit the Mustangs on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

“It’s going to be interesting down the stretch,” Caton said.

As for Friday, the Mustangs grabbed the lead for good in the second quarter and held it, although the Cougars (6-13, 1-9) certainly stayed in the chase.

Ultimately, it was the balance offered by the Mustangs starters. Junior Isaac White continued to emerge with a team-high 18 points, 10 in the fourth quarter. Christian Davis and Isaac Ondekane each scored 14. Matt Veen scored 11. But perhaps the biggest contribution came from senior point guard Brady Parris, who deposited a season-high 17 points on a night when fellow starter Vaughnn Stitt was in California visiting a junior college.

“it was fun,” said Parris, who had been averaging about 6 points per outing. “I just found my rhythm early in the first half after missing two free throws. I made that first (3-pointer) and when I make one, I feel I can make a lot of them.”

Parris had been looking for opportunities to increase his scoring, he said, because opponents “are starting to hone in on some guys and I think it’s my time to step up.”

Said Caton: “It was Brady’s best night.”

Six of Parris’ points came in the fourth quarter to aid the late effort of White, who has 68 points over the past three games. Ondekane added 17 rebounds – he has 26 over the past two – and Veen added five.

“We played well and we hope to keep going,” Caton said.

After Eaglecrest, the Mustangs also will host Grandview and Smoky Hill, then finish at Overland, th defending Centennial champion.

It’s all in front of Mullen if it wants it.

“I think this second round (of home-and-away in league) is really going to tell us a lot about how we can battle these last four teams,” Parris said. “I think they’re the best of the best in the state and will really show our character going into the (Class 5A state) tournament.”

 

MULLEN 74, CHEROKEE TRAIL 60

Cherokee Trail  20  11  18  11  –  60

Mullen  18  19  20  17  --  74   

Cherokee Trail – Deaderick 1 0-0 2, Sanders 5 3-4 13, Robinson 3 0-0 9, Jordan 1 1-2 3, Tesfaye 4 10-10 18, Toledo 6 0-0 12 , K. Townsie 0 0-0 0, B. Townsie 1 0-0 3, Massey 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Vincent 0 0-1 0. Totals 21 14-17 60.

Mullen – Davis 5 0-0 14, Veen 5 1-2 11, White 5 7-8 18, Parris 5 3-6 17, Ondekane 6 2-7 14, Riepma 0 0-0 0, Beckish 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-1 0, Tekle 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0, Berg 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 13-24 74.

3-pt. goals – Robinson 3, B. Townsie; Davis 4, Parris 4, White.

 

                                                                                                                      Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

Isaac White has made 17 of hois past 21 shots from the floor.

Mullen fights through woes, wins 67-52

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

CENTENNIAL – It was what is called a trap game. Not very pretty to watch. A bunch of mistakes and missed free throws. Little, if any, flow with a lot of stoppages and not a lot of finishing at the rim. Maybe even a sense that it was going to be a walk-over. And the winner was just glad to get away with more points than the other team.

So Mullen’s 67-52 victory over Arapahoe in the Centennial League at Sitting Eagle Gymnasium on Wednesday night really may have been a lot of things.

“Yes and no,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said afterward. “We can control our own destiny if we put the ball in the basket and do things the right way.”

He also substituted freely as the Warriors, 5-13 overall, 0-9 in league, have struggled. And Mustangs senior Vaughnn Stitt will miss the team’s next game as he will be off on a recruiting trip, “so we have to be ready for that,” Caton said.

Really, he added, “we didn’t turn it over a lot, but we missed easy shots and free throws.”

In improving to 12-6 overall (5-4 in league), Mullen did secure its most overall victories since the 2007-08 season, when it was 17-9 , and has its most victories in the Centennial since 2009-10. But Caton told his players there’s so much more to do and zero time to dwell on any accomplishments.

Actually, there’s time to celebrate the play of Isaac White, a junior transfer from Pennsylvania, as well as hope for more as the stretch run of the regular season is here. White scored a team-high 20 points on seven-of-eight shooting, including four 3-pointers. Over the past two games, he has made 17-of-21 shots.

“I’m just shooting with more confidence, just trusting my shot,” he said. “And my teammates are getting me the ball when I’m open.”

White, recently inserted as a starter, said he’s feeling better physically after the football season and has overcome an ankle injury from before the holidays.

“Definitely,” he said. “And I’m in better shape.”

Caton added: “He gives us another dimension.”

Inside, junior Isaac Ondekane piled up 19 points and 19 rebounds. And senior Matt Veen came off the bench for eight points and seven rebounds.

The Mustangs also withstood a couple of moves by the Warriors when needed, although they seemed to help them by making only 16-of-30 free throws and regularly misfiring while in the paint, both season-long problems.

“But it’s a good win,” Caton said. “(The Warriors) are scrappy and they’re tired of losing. They’re going to beat someone. I’m just glad to get out of here with a win.”

When told that defending Class 5A state champion and current Centennial leader Grandview was knocked off by Overland 53 -50 in Aurora, Caton wasn’t surprised.

“It just goes to show,” he said, “that we have to be ready.”

Mullen will go for a league sweep of Aurora’s Cherokee Trail on Friday, 7 p.m., at Hutchison Fieldhouse, the first of four consecutive home games.

 

MULLEN 67, ARAPAHOE 52

Mullen  17  16  14  20  –  67

Arapahoe  13  11  12  16 – 52

Muulen – Davis 1 2-2 4, Stitt 2 3-4 7, White 7 2-2 20, Parris 1 0-0 3, Ondekane 7 5-14 19, Veen 4 0-0 8, Beckish 0 0-0 0, Riepma 1 4-8 6, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 16-30 67.

Arapahoe – Brophy 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Fleming 5 2-2 16, Sturgeon 1 0-0 3, Stephens 8 3-5 22, Liberty 0 0-0 0, D’Agostino 3 1-2 9, Jones 0 0-0 0, McCann 1 0-0 2, Henry 0 0-0 0, Hill 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-9 52.

3-pt. goals – White 4, Parris; Stephens 4, Fleming 4, D’Agostino 2.

 

Davis featured in SI’s ‘Faces’

Mullen’s Christian Davis is in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated.

The Mustangs’ senior sharpshooter is listed in the popular magazine’s Faces in the Crowd section that recognizes outstanding feats by amateurs in a variety of sports and activities.

Davis was honored for scoring 55 points against Chatfield in the Mullen Christmas Classic on Dec. 22. He actually scored 51 points away from the basket as his total included only two free throws and one layup. Everything else was from the perimeter, including 15 3-pointers, one shy of the Colorado record.

Mullen won the game 91-58 as Davis also scored more than half of his team’s points.

He was shown the magazine among teammates in the locker room after his team’s 77-62 victory over Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village on Saturday night.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said of being in SI, “but the best part is all the support I’ve gotten from teammates. I really appreciate it. It shows they were excited about it and it’s so genuine.”

Said junior teammate Isaac Ondekane: “It’s amazing seeing one of my friends in there. He’s like a brother to me.”

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

White, Ondekane spark Creek rout

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Mullen entered a crossroads of sorts on Saturday night.

The Mustangs were coming off a stinging loss to traditional, parochial-rival Regis Jesuit, had dropped five of their previous eight games and were facing host Cherry Creek, which had gotten them off to a losing start to the Centennial League schedule on Jan. 3 in a listless loss at home at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

But instead of folding, Mullen rose to the start of the second go-round in the home-and-away league slate with a rousing 77-62 victory in which its lineup was tweaked, the team’s Isaac Squared (juniors Isaac Ondekane and Isaac White) were dominant, the return to a commitment to team ball paid dividends and it moved past so many of the sins that had led to its confounding lull.

Mullen improved to 11-6 overall, 4-4 in league and equaling its output in both categories from a season ago.

And there was life in the Mustangs’ postgame comments.

“We had a lot of energy for this game,” said White, who led all scorers with 30 points, including five 3-pointers on a season-high since moving to Colorado from Pennsylvania. He had a difficult shooting night on Friday, but was a very warm 10-of-13 against the Bruins (9-8, 4-4). “Coach (Bob Caton) said to keep shooting and the basket looked good to me.”

Ondekane, who had 23 points and nine rebounds, said “losing to Regis (Jesuit) really pushed me and made me look at myself.”

And Christian Davis said following the loss to the Raiders that “we talked about what we needed to do to get the job done and we came together really well to get a good team win.”

The Mustangs did not trail in cruising to leads of 6-1, 12-3 and 18-8. Cherry Creek made a couple of moves in the second quarter, but the Mustangs were never really threatened and responded whenever necessary.

In particular, White, a savvy 6-foot-1 guard who played club ball in the Philadelphia area, clearly had his best game. Recently moved into the starting lineup, not only did he score 10 of his points in the first quarter to spark the runaway, but he moved the ball well, defended regularly, was a stabilizing force out front handling the ball and drove to the basket strongly when he wasn’t cashing 3s.

He’s playing the kind of basketball Caton had envisioned when he heard the younger White was following his father, Mustangs legend Vincent White, now the schools’ football head coach, to Denver.

“Oh, gosh, yeah, he did a great job,” Caton said.

Christian Davis added 10 points. Vaughnn Stitt, Brady Parris, Matt Veen and Connor Riepma were other major contributors in the roatation as the Mustangs, who appeared tired the previous night, looked more like the team that had gotten off to a 7-1 nonleague start.

However, they were aware of what kind of competition the Centennial offers and have six more games to experience it.

The difference now may be that playing together, dealing with mistakes and taking practice seriously could be their tickets to a good Class 5A playoff seed and possible success in the tournament.

Next, though, is a Wednesday matchup at Arapahoe in league play. It’s about steps for the Mustangs.

“I think it’s a confidence booster for us,” Davis said. “Losing to Cherry Creek before and winning tonight, I think it shows how much we’ve grown in the last month or so, where we could be and what we have to do to take the next step.”

Caton called it “one of the best games we’ve played. We put it all together. We didn’t have any lapses. We might have had a little bit of one, but we caught back up. If we made a mistake on defense, we recovered. If we had a turnover, we came back the next time. It’s the most-consistent we’ve played, a total team win.”

 

MULLEN 77, CHERRY CREEK 62

Mullen   20  10  23  24  --  77 

Cherry Creek  11  11  15  25  --  62 

Mullen – Davis 4 0-0 10, Stitt 2 0-0 4, White 10 5-6 30, Parris 1 0-0 2, Ondekane 9 7-11 23, Veen 2 0-2 4, Riepma 2 0-0 4, Lopez 0 0-2 0, Beckish 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0, Dominguez 0 0-0 0, Berg 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 12-21 77.

Cherry Creek – Hammond 6 2-2 18, Purchase 10 2-2 24, Hand 1 0-0 3, Mitchell 1 2-2 4, LeFebre 2 1-2 5, Hausman 1 0-0 2, Kim 0 0-0 0, Hawley 2 0-0 6, Walker 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 7-8 62.

3-pt. goals: White 5, Davis 2; Hammond 4, Hawley 2, Purchase 2, Hand.

 

 

Mustangs drop rivalry game 67-55

Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA – Heading into it, it couldn’t have been much better.

It was an old Parochial League matchup. It’s Class 5A nonleague these days, but so what – it was Mullen at Regis Jesuit. The Raiders gymnasium was full of folks. There were students, teachers, administrators, parents, alumni and others, loyalists who just wanted a glimpse of one of the older Catholic rivalries.

Both programs are headed by coaches who have attained veritable legendary status, Mullen’s Bob Caton and Regis Jesuit’s Ken Shaw, who have combined for nearly 1,300 victories on the level.

And it was hotly contested, fairly cleanly played and came with a wave of ties and lead changes early.

But the host Raiders arose from early shooting problems to run away with a 67-55 decision on Friday night, one in which the Mustangs’ personal woes continued and once again modified a sloppy finish.

While Regis Jesuit rose to 10-7, Mullen dipped to 10-6 and wasn’t happy.

“We couldn’t make the plays,” Caton said. “Players make plays. We put them into position to make them and we didn’t.”

Specifically, Mullen, which has dropped five of its past eight games, had issues with defending and rebounding, as well as at the free-throw line, where it was a dreadful 5-of-13.

“We extended the floor a little bit to try to create a little more pressure, but we just didn’t play some defense,” Caton said.

Plus, turnovers at inopportune times interrupted Mullen momentum, notably getting called for traveling off the dribble five times.

“I knew it was traveling,” Caton said. ‘Fundamentals …”

The Mustangs appeared to battle for a bit despite not having much to show for it, including looking tired and being a step slow on defense. It was obvious in the final totals as Regis Jesuit made only 2-of-11 shots in the first quarter, but 20-of-30 to finish the game.

Mullen’s last lead came late in the second quarter, although it had numerous chances to retake it and/or grab control.

“I don’t even know if we shot any free throws,” Caton said before being informed of his team’s total. “You can’t win that way.”

The Mustangs also shot a combined 9-of-27 from the floor over the first and fourth quarters.

Vaughnn Stitt topped the Mustangs with 12 points and Isaac Ondekane added 11. Brady Parris scored nine.

Regis Jesuit enjoyed balance with four players reaching double figures, topped by 6-foot-9 Daniel Carr’s 20, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter. And the Raiders had just five players score.

“I’ll be surprised if they don’t win (the Continental League) or at least finish second,” Caton said.

Mullen also has little time to regroup – it’s slated to play at Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village in the Centennial League on Saturday at 7 p.m.

 

REGIS JESUIT 67, MULLEN 55

Mullen  11  13  18  13  --  55

Regis Jesuit  9  18  20  20  --  67 

Mullen – Davis 2 0-0 6, Stitt 5 0-3 12, White 2 2-2 7, Parris 3 1-1 9, Ondekane 5 1-4 11, Veen 3 0-1 6, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Riepma 0 1-2 1, Beckish 1 0-0 3, Lopez 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 5-13 55.

Regis Jesuit – Safieddine 5 5-5 16, Egloff 4 3-4 11, Carr 6 5-8 21, O’Shaughnessy 3 2-4 8, Wheelock 4 3-4 12, Hamilton 0 0-2 0, Barbera 0 0-0 0, Wolf 0 0-0 0, Galan 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 18-27 67.

3-pt. goals -- Davis 2, Parris 2, Stitt 2, Beckish, White; Carr 3, Safieddine, Wheelock.

 

5 reach double figures vs. 'Blazers

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In snapping a three-game slide, Mullen’s steps forward on Wednesday night at Hutchison Fieldhouse were rather large.

For one, the Mustangs’ 71-62 decision of Overland, the defending Centennial League champion, snapped a three-game losing streak in the loop.

For another, head coach Bob Caton modified his starting lineup and it seemed to work – four of the five starters scored in double figures.

For another, the Mustangs completed the first go-round of the Centennial. They are 10-5, 3-4.

For another, Mullen big man Isaac Ondekane (6-foot-8) fared well against another player of his height, Overland’s Graham Ike (6-9, and nephew of former Thomas Jefferson High star, University of Colorado All-American and two-time Super Bowl Champion tight end Daniel Graham).

And for another, the Mustangs’ return to team play worked for a night and bodes well for the future, as in the stretch run of the league.

“A total team win,” Caton said.

Mullen grabbed the lead in the second quarter and held it. Ondekane (15 points, eight rebounds), Vaughnn Stitt (13 points), Isaac White (13) and Brady Parris (11) offered balance, including inside and outside scoring. Plus, senior forward Matt Veen, now coming off the bench, added 10 and was a factor inside.

The Mustangs also seemed to respond to the Trailblazers’ speed and quickness, and Ondekane battled with Ike, who got into early foul trouble, but still led all scorers with 18 points.

Down the stretch, Parris scored seven points, the Mustangs protected the rim and they canned 9-of-11 free throws.

“We all contributed, we played team ball and we got the win,” Stitt said.

White, a junior guard who played in Pennsylvania his first two schoolboy years, scored a season-high in points in his first start.

“He played well and it may help Matt not be as nervous coming off the bench,” Caton said. He also called the Ike-Ondekane matchup “a good battle,” as Colorado once again isn’t blessed with a lot of tall inside players.

Stitt, who scored in double figures for just the fourth time this season and looked ahead to the Mustangs’ road games at parochial-rival Regis Jesuit (nonleague, Friday, 7 p.m.) and at Cherry Creek (league, Saturday, 7 p.m.), added: “We just have to keep up the intensity.”

 

MULLEN 71, OVERLAND 62

Overland   14  16  13  19  --  62 

Mullen  14  24  13  20  --  71

Overland – Chaney 2 1-2 6, Cuasito 4 2-4 12, Rice 2 4-4 9, Pena-Avila 2 0-0 4, Ike 8 2-4 18, Editone 2 0-0 5, Adams 4 0-0 8, Thrower 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 9-14 62.

Mullen – Davis 1 0-0 2, Stitt 5 4-4 14, White 5 2-2 13, Parris 3 3-5 11, Ondekane 6 3-7 15, Veen 5 0-1 10, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Beckish 1 0-0 2, Riepma 1 2-2 4. Totals 27 14-21 71.

3-pt. goals – Cuasito 2, Chaney, Editone, Rice; Parris 2, White.

 

Former ‘Parokes’ take center court

 

                                                            Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

Former Parochial League members gathered at Mullen on Saturday in the 'Old Gym.'

 

Mullen hosts a salute to the venerable Catholic-school group

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The spirits of the old Parochial League revisited the Mullen campus on Saturday, the only Denver-area Catholic school in existence that’s still on its founders’ site.

There was lots of gray hair and no hair as members appeared in the form of schoolboys of yesteryear, but stories of long ago seemed to get better every time they were retold and certain faces were seen by others for the first time in about a half-century.

In case you were wondering, yes, there was basketball before someone invented the 3-point line. There was basketball back when a crossover dribble was considered a carry. There was basketball back when shorts were, well, shorts. And, sure, there was basketball before hip-hop was considered a thing beyond what the Easter bunny did.

The testament to the old Catholic-school group occurred at Mullen’s Hutchison Fieldhouse, although while waiting for the halftime ceremony to be introduced, the dozens of the distinguished, fitting called “Parokes” at the time, first gathered in what has come to be known as Mullen’s “Old Gym,’’ the one with the airplane-hangar ceiling and quaint quarters that were indicative of Parochial play.

“It went great,” said Mullen boys head coach Bob Caton, who came up with the theme.

Basically, teams in 2018-19 were permitted an extra gathering beyond their 23-game schedule that wouldn’t count in the standings or toward playoff seeding. So Mullen hooked up with Holy Family, now in Broomfield after leaving North Denver, for a girl-boy doubleheader, Foundation Games, to cap the evening and salute the old days when privates and publics were forbidden to play each other.

But there was so much more going on during the day. Mullen’s lower levels, C and D, completed games against Smoky Hill according to the regular schedule. There also were feeder-team games as well as a Unified game that included Mustangs team manager J.P. Leyba draining multiple 3-pointers much to the delight of the varsity team members he serves.

“The loudest cheers,” Caton said.

There were junior-varsity boys and girls games, of course, against Holy Family before the varsity matchups. Mullen won both high-end outcomes that didn’t count against their records, but neither one was the point.

This was about the Parochial’s original six schools, Annunciation, Cathedral, Holy Family, Sacred Heart, St. Francis de Sales and St. Joseph in 1926, according to former Mullen student and current boys basketball filmer Dan Corrales, also a prep historian. In the 1930s, Regis, and Mullen came on board. Later, Mount Carmel, St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs and Machebeuf joined the fray.

Ultimately, Mullen and Regis left after the 1966-67 school year and the league disbanded in 1970.

Representatives seemed to be from everywhere, even recognizable names today. To name a few, Pete and Joe Chavez from Annunciation. Benjy Montoya of Cathedral. John Horvat of Mount Carmel as well as Bob Scheck, who later coached at Mullen. Nick Arcuri of St. Francis, who’s now the baseball head coach at Mullen. The likes of Pat Ryan of St. Joseph’s. Frank Kelly and Rick Schraeder of Regis along with Tom Robinson, who one returnee called “the greatest football player to come out of Colorado.” Plus, the great Guy Gibbs, a coaching legend at Regis, drew a gracious round of applause.

And as for Mullen, the who’s who included Stan Smith; Jim Deidel who played for the New York Yankees; Rick Egloff; and Bill Morley.

Alumni after the Parochial League also were recognized as the common tread was Catholic play.

“We were all gym rats,” said Ryan, who played football, basketball and baseball at St. Francis in addition to being on its boxing team.

He recalled a time when the “Parokes” played baseball on Sunday and Deidel hit a home run off him that went way out of Ruby Hill. Ryan said he always kidded Deidel, who had scouts from the Yankees in the stands and watching, about getting some of his bonus money for permitting the homer.

Others remembered playing basketball in Mullen’s small gym and having players throw balls to the ceiling in order to knock off some of the coating.

“It’s a wonder we didn’t die of asbestos,” said one.

Mostly, though, it was about remembering the times of their late teens. The gyms, the playgrounds, the camaraderie … sweet times rolled off their tongues as if they happened yesterday and not in the major metropolis Denver has turned into with dozens of more schools.

Robinson called his “Paroke” days a good time,” and was aware of the conflict between his group and the state-sanctioned publics. Think there’s dislike between today’s publics and privates? Decades ago, it was worse. Way worse.

“They really didn’t want Regis coming in or Mullen because we were pretty good,” Robinson said of state-sanctioned schools. “We always had the desire to play each other. We used to just scrimmage.”

He recalled one such scrimmage against a loaded Lakewood and it drew a packed house.

“We didn’t have to validate who we were; we had good players,” Robinson said.

Ultimately, Gibbs was part of the front of the charge to join state schools, Robinson said, “because he was such a good guy and a lot of guys in the public schools liked him.”

All told, Gibbs, who joined Caton on the Mullen bench for the first half of the scrimmage against Holy Family, coached basketball – he also coached other sports -- from 1956-84 and his teams were 473-156, a winning percentage of .752 that topped Colorado at the time.

Decades after the end of the Parochial League, Saturday’s scrimmage participants noted the history and benefits of the gathering now and possibly for the future.

“It was an excellent day,” Mustangs girls head coach Frank Cawley said, adding appreciation for his players “just to play and stop thinking and stop being so calculated. It was really nice. I hope this is something that can continue. I think it helps (Tigers coach Ron Rossi’s) program and I know it helps mine.”

Rossi agreed, saying “Frank and I were talking that we’d like to maybe do it in November as a scrimmage before we get started (for the season). And we want to incorporate our third level.”

Tigers sophomore Abby Coufal said “it was a lot of fun and it’s always good to play with some girls who have good sportsmanship and you’re always playing for the greater glory of God.”

Holy Family boys head coach Pete Villeco said he appreciated the extra work available for his team and that he “would be open” to some form of continuance, including adding its as an actual game or being involved with a tournament.

“Sports are all about relationships, the people you see, the people you play,” Caton said. “Twenty, 30, 50 years from now they’ll remember it and everybody had a good time.

“Yeah, I’d like to do it every year. We get that extra game and it’s fun. The season is a grind and the kids need a little bit of a break. Even the NBA has an all-star game.”

Interestingly, Mullen junior Isaac Ondekane, originally from the Congo, arguably understood and appreciated the purpose of the day as well as anyone.

“It’s really good to learn about the history of the school and what the people have done,” he said. “It’s great to meet with them and get advice. I went to shake the hand (of Gibbs) who won so many championships (his teams won or shared eight Parochial titles). I had to do it. It gave me a great feeling.”

 

 

Buffs hand Mustangs 3rd straight defeat

                                                                                         Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

Junior center Isaac Ondekane, top, piled up 21 points and 19 rebounds, but Mullen head coach Bob Caton and senior guard Brady Parris fell 67-55 at Smoky Hill to suffer their third consecutive loss in the Centennial League.

 

Mustangs score only 17 first-half points, have defensive lapses 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA – It wasn’t what they wanted. Not even close.

Mullen’s Mustangs rolled into Aurora on Friday night and got rolled by host Smoky Hill 67-55 in the Centennial League.

They have hit the skids – a three-game losing streak has them at 9-5 overall, 2-4 in league.

And they know what they’re doing wrong, although stopping has proven quite difficult.

“Yeah, it was disappointing,” Mullen head coach Bob Caton said. “We dug a hole. (The Buffaloes) played well, but we just have to execute a few things we need to do better.”

The Mustangs scored only 17 points in the first half, made just two 3-pointers, shot 9-of-17 at the free-throw line and had too many key turnovers when attempting to make a move.

“Every game, every game, we play well, then we throw a ball away, we get a travel call … it’s different every time,” Caton said. “We can invent things to go wrong.”

And defense, or the lack of it, is becoming another problem. When the Mustangs were pressing, the Buffaloes beat them down the floor multiple times for layups.

“We have to defend,” Caton said. “We didn’t get back and that’s just something we can’t do. We can’t give those cheap baskets.”

Smoky Hill, now 13-2, 5-1, only trailed twice early when the two were trading baskets. But the Buffaloes re-grabbed the lead, benefitted when the Mustangs made only 2-of-11 shots in the second quarter and led 32 -19 at the break.

While Mullen, mostly behind junior center Isaac Ondekane (21 points, 19 rebounds) and Brady Parris (seven quick points), made a move in the opening minutes of the third quarter, the Buffaloes regrouped. Even with Mullen holding down Buffs senior Kenny Foster for a bit (no points in the first quarter), the Mustangs were hurt by Jalen Weaver (23 points), Jordan Whitaker (12) and Quinen Rock (10). And 13 of Foster’s 19 points came in the middle quarters.

Christian Davis added 11 points for Mullen.

Afterward, Caton reminded his team about the difficult Centennial stretch they’re enduring, including seven-of-eight games on the road, but remained undeterred.

“It’s still a long season, a lot of games to play,” he said.

On Saturday, the Mustangs will host an all-day salute to the old Parochial League with an assorted level of games, including matchups in girls (5:30) p.m.) and boys (7 p.m.) that won’t count against their 23-game schedule in the regular season.

 

SMOKY HILL 67, MULLEN 55

Mullen  12  7  18  18  – 55

Smoky Hill  17  15  13  22  –  67

Mullen – Davis 4 2-4 11, Veen 2 1-2 5, Stitt 0 0-0 0, Parris 3 0-0 7, Ondekane 9 3-8 21, White 2 3-3 7, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Riepma 2 0-0 4, Beckish 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-17 55.   

Smoky Hill – Rock 5 0-0 10, Weaver 7 8-10 23, Whitaker 4 4-4 12, Tuom 1 0-0 2, Foster 9 0-0 19, Darnell 0 0-0 0, Cortez-Latham 0 0-0 0, Walker 0 0-0 0, Horn 0 1-2 1. Totals 26 13-16 67.

3-pt. goals – Davis, Parris; Foster, Weaver. Fouled out – Cortez-Latham.

 

 

Mullen wilts late, loses 64-50

                                                                                                         Photos by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer 

Mullen's issac Ondekane threw down a nice dunk, top, and Matt Veen battled inside, below, but the Mustangs fell to 2-3 in the Centennial League. Mullen is 9-4 overall and will face Smoky Hill on Friday night.

Second-half collapse includes turnovers, lack of defense vs. 5A champ 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA – A tale of two halves is probably a corny, antiquated reference to Mullen’s effort on Wednesday night in the Centennial League, but it’s also apt.

The Mustangs looked sharp and game throughout the first half only to unexpectedly fell apart over the final two quarters in dropping a stinging 64-50 decision at Grandview, the defending Class 5A state champion.

In stumbling to 9-4 overall, 2-3 in league, Mullen had an opportunity to shake up the league a bit, but the Wolves improved to 10-4, 5-0, and remained in command.

Afterward in a locker room, assistant coach Ray Valdez addressed the team and alluded to the various “pockets” experienced by the Mustangs, who play soundly and beautifully for stretches only to match them with other stretches in which they play poorly on defense and suddenly struggle to accumulate points.

“It hurt us,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said. “I have to look at the film, but Ray was talking about that pocket and we get a stretch where we don’t execute, and when that happens …”

Over the first 24 minutes, Mullen shot 12-of-22 from the floor and made a concerted effort on defense in rolling to a 29-23 lead. The Wolves seemed to be surprised and were on their heels.

However, the Mustangs meltdown began almost immediately.

Turnovers, missed shots and failure to defend, Caton said, were too much to overcome.

“We have a couple of traveling calls inside and guess what – you have to go and play defense,” he said. “We take an ill-advised shot and guess what – you have to go and play defense again.

“You’ve got to go down and score, then come back and make a stop. It’s just like pickup basketball. It’s that simple. And we didn’t do it.”

For the half, Mullen was outscored 41-21.

Junior Isaac Ondekane led Mullen with 21 points and senior guard Christian Davis added 15. And the Mustangs didn’t get to the free-throw line, attempting only five.

Next up is a Friday game at Smoky Hill, 7 p.m. The Buffaloes currently sit in second place in league and are coming off a one-point victory over Overland, the defending league champion.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” Caton said.

 

GRANDVIEW 64, MULLEN 50

Mullen  17  12  11  10  --  50

Grandview  11  12  21  20  –  64

Mullen – Davis 6 0-0 15, Veen 1 1-2 3, Stitt 2 0-0 6, Parris 1 0-0 3, Ondekane 10 1-3 21, Riepma 0 0-0 0, White 1 0-0 2, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Beckish 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 2-5 50.

Grandview – McGill 11 2-2 25, Ramiro 1 1-2 3, Unger 1 0-0 2, Walker 3 0-0 7, Prim 7 0-0 15, Dombro 1 0-0 3, Thomas 3 0-2 7, Williams 0 0-0 0, Leu-Pierre 0 1-3 1, Norman 0 1-2 1. Totals 27 5-11 64.

3-pt. goals – Davis 3, Stitt 2, Brady; Dombro, McGill, Prim, Thomas, Walker. Fouled out – Prim. Technicals – White; Prim.

 

 

 

‘Stangs trip at Eaglecrest 74-64

                                                                                                                      Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

Mullen senior Matt Veen gets instruction from head coach Bob Caton, top; Vaughnn Stitt at the hoop, below. 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sport Information Specialist

CENTENNIAL – When it was over, they were calling it “a bump in the road” and hoping that’s all it was.

Plus, the game spoke to what the Centennial League is, as in probably the deepest big-school group in the state.

So, yes, Saturday afternoon’s 74-64 loss by Mullen to host Eaglecrest in league play was tough to take, but, no, the setback, while disappointing, shouldn’t be enough to dent the Mustangs’ confidence. They have so much more to do and are staring at lots of opportunity.

Plus, their foes next week are defending state champion Grandview and Smoky Hill, so significant competition will continue.

 “A little bit of a bump,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said of his team that’s now 9-3 overall, 2-2 in league. “But we’re executing well at times and this is how life is in the league.”

It certainly is. The Raptors (8-5, 3-1), swept a year ago by the Mustangs after winning the state championship in 2017, have already taken on the upper-end likes of Legend, Mountain Vista, Fairview, Regis Jesuit, Overland and Cherry Creek. And the Mustangs are in the early part of a stretch of seven-of-eight games on the road.

Still, the Mustangs had their chances before repeated missed shots in the paint, so-so free-throw shooting, foul trouble and being a step slow on defense helped to decide it.

Bright spots for the Mustangs included sweet-shooting senior guard Christian Davis, who led all scorers with 25 points; Isaac Ondekane, who added 14 points and 13 rebounds; and Isaac White, who continued to be valuable off the bench and scored 12 points.

In addition, the Mustangs, who trailed by 10 points in the second quarter and 42-33 at halftime, cut the Raptors lead to 47-45 in the third quarter. However, while Mullen flirted with taking the lead, some of its above problems transpired and it never recovered.

“If we can just eliminate those mistakes …” Caton said. “We played hard and then we do what we do, but then just sort of kick ourselves in the butt. We just need to take care of what we have to take care of.”

Ondekane eventually fouled out and senior Matt Veen (eight points, seven rebounds) earlier was disqualified through fouls.

The Mustangs also will host Broomfield’s Holy Family, lower levels and feeder-program games on Saturday in an extra gathering to celebrate the Old Parochial League.

Much awaits the Mustangs, who have time to recover and fix some of their problems.

“We’ll be all right,” Caton said.

 

EAGLECREST 74, MULLEN 64

Mullen 16  17 14  17  –  64

Eaglecrest  15  27  15  17  --  74

Mullen – Davis 7 9-10 25, Veen 4 0-1 8, Stitt 1 0-0 3, Parris 0 1-2 1, Ondekane 3 8-11 14, White 5 0-0 12, Thompson 0 1-2 1, Riepma 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 19-27 64.

Eaglecrest – Robinson 6 10-10 23, Bokol 5 4-4 17, Ruckard 6 2-3 16, Bile 2 2-4 6, Wilson 3 3-4 11, Stilson 0 1-2 1, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Europe 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 22-27 74.

3-pt. goals – Davis 2, White 2, Stitt; Bokol 3, Ruckard 2, Wilson 2, Robinson. Fouled out – Veen, Ondekane; Bokol.

 

Ondekane, Mustangs overcome Cougars

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA -- High-school schedulers can be silly.

Ask Mullen. On Wednesday night, the Mustangs began a stretch of seven-of-eight games on the road in the Centennial League. Their 66-60 victory at Cherokee Trail was testing and there’s the promise of more. Much more.

“Oh, yeah, this is tough,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said. “That’s a good team.”

Mullen moved to 9-2 overall, 2-1 in league. Cherokee Trail is 5-7, 0-3.

Close? The largest lead was seven points. Tough? Mustangs senior forward Matt Veen took a shot to his left eye that forced the bleeding of a cut on a boxer. And fulfilling? Afterward, Caton and his staff preached the importance and benefits of such a road victory in what is turning into the deepest Class 5A loop.

“We got the job done,” the coach said. “It wasn’t always pretty, but we did a good job.”

About the best-looking aspect of Mullen’s game involved junior center Isaac Ondekane, who clearly is settling into an improved role. In addition to his 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks – including on a dunk attempt – Ondekane overcame early foul trouble, had his best outing in terms of catching the ball in position to score and further cementing the confidence his teammates have in him.

“I was just not letting it get into my head or my game,” he said of a couple of early fouls, then a third. “I made some dumb mistakes, but wasn’t letting it affect me. I felt like I deserved to be on the floor because I’ve been working hard.”

Down the stretch, Ondekane scored seven of Mullen’s final 13 points. Guard Brady Parris canned two big free throws as did Vaughnn Stitt, and Caton kept a short bench. Just seven Mustangs saw minutes, but it was a proving ground of sorts as the meat of their schedule awaits.

“This was a great road win and we needed it,” Caton said. “These are the kinds of games we need to have and we’ll see the rest of the way.”

Save for some late turnovers, Mullen protected well late. Ondekane, Veen (11 points, eight rebounds) and Connor Riepma (six points) fared well inside with Parris, Stitt, Christian Davis (11 points) and junior Isaac White handling guard duties.

The Mustangs also won despite 8-of-19 free-throw shooting, 1-of-6 by Ondekane, as Caton was pleased with the team’s ability to continue to find ways to win. So was Ondekane.

“This was a real good one for us,” he said.

Next up is a Saturday matchup at Eaglecrest in Centennial, Jan. 12, 2:30 p.m.

 

MULLEN 66, CHEROKEE TRAIL 60

Mullen  15  14  24  13  --  66

Cherokee Trail  12 18  19  11  –  60

Mullen – Davis 4 1-2 11, Veen 5 1-4 11, Stitt 2 2-2 7, Parris 3 2-3 9, Ondekane 10 1-6 21, Riepma 3 0-0 6, White 0 1-2 1. Totals 27 8-19 66.

Cherokee Trail – Robinson 4 0-0 9, K. Townsie 3 0-0 8, Jordan 3 1-1 7, B. Townsie 3 0-0 7, Tesfaye 8 1-5 17, Sanders 3 1-2 7, Deaderick 2 0-0 5, Vincent 0 0-0 0, Toledo 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 3-8 60.

3-pt. goals – Davis 2, Parris, Stitt; K. Townsie 2, Deaderick, Robinson, B. Townsie.

 

White, Mullen rock Arapahoe 81-53

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The disappointing home loss to Cherry Creek a couple of days ago has been forgotten by Mullen.

“That’s ancient history,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said on Saturday. “Now, we build on this one and keep going.”

The veteran coach was referring to the 81-53 Centennial League thrashing of Arapahoe by the Mustangs at Hutchison Fieldhouse, the one in which they responded to a tough-to-take loss, regathered their mojo, readied themselves for an extended road schedule and watched one of their new ones blossom.

“We played well and executed well,” Caton said after his team improved to 8-2 overall, 1-1 in league. “It showed what we’re made of.”

The Mustangs ran to an 8-0 lead, never trailed, didn’t appear to get into any real trouble and redisplayed their firepower.

Interestingly, Isaac White led Mullen with 16 points off the bench. A recognized all-around athlete, White led the team in scoring, made his first four shots and once again displayed the various aspects he can bring to the team.

And Mullen has been eagerly waiting – White, a junior and the son of Mustangs football head coach Vincent White, had been dealing with an injured ankle and missed practice time. With his mother and sisters still residing in Pennsylvania, White, also an All-Colorado football player, had returned to his previous home twice for visits over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and Caton has been patient in getting his new player acclimated. He looks forward to more of his contributions.

“He’s finally getting into a rhythm and he had been gone, been injured and only had a third of the days of practice,” Caton said. “Now, we have him going.”

In admitting that it’s not the start to the season he wanted, White said he’s just glad “I’m getting back in shape and back into the flow of things. Coach has asked me to be more aggressive, so I’m going to do what I need to do.”

White entered in the first quarter and scored 11 of his points by halftime as the Mustangs led 39-20. And there were plenty of contributors. Matt Veen added 14 points and Christian Davis had 12. Isaac Ondekane was big inside early on the way to nine points. Vaughnn Stitt also had nine points and Connor Riepma scored six. The Mustangs’ rotation was fluid and only some batches of turnovers and missed free throws (20-of-32) stood out negatively.

“It was a good game for us,” Caton said.

White added “our chemistry has gotten a lot better and I think it will keep getting better.”

 

MULLEN 81, ARAPAHOE 53

Arapahoe  8  12  20  13  --  53

Mullen  24  15  25  17  --  81

Arapahoe – Brophy 0 0-2 0, D’Agostino 8 1-6 18, Stephens 5 9-10 21, Baltzer 2 2-5 6, Sturgeon 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 2-2 2, Hill 0 0-0 0, Liberty 0 0-0 0, Fleming 1 0-0 3, McCann 0 0-0 0, Yagey 1 1-2 3. Totals 17 15-27 53.

Mullen – Davis 3 5-7 12, Veen 5 4-4 14, Stitt 2 3-4 9, Parris 1 0-0 3, Ondekane 4 1-3 9, Riepma 3 0-0 6, White 6 2-2 16, Thompson 0 3-4 3, Lopez 1 0-0 2, Beckish 1 0-0 2, Dominguez 0 2-3 2, Pohs 0 0-0 0, Berg 1 0-0 3. Totals 27 20-32 81.

3-pt. goals – Stephens 2, D’Agostino, Fleming; White 4, Stitt 2, Davis. Fouled out – Liberty. Technical – D.Agostino.

 

Mustangs can’t handle Bruins, fall 69-61

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

After the start to the season they had, it wasn’t the kind of game they thought was coming after the holiday break.

It was frustrating, came unannounced and there wasn’t anything they could do to stop it.

So, yes, the 69-61 home loss to Cherry Creek for Mullen’s Mustangs in their Centennial League opener on Thursday night was quite difficult to swallow. They left the playing surface of Hutchison Fieldhouse disappointed, annoyed, frustrated, surprised and 7-2.

“Oh, yeah, that’s a bad loss,” Mustangs head coach Bob Caton said. “It’s like we were one step off … they were quicker than us.”

The wheels started to come off for Mullen in the third quarter. Leading 37-32 at halftime, the Mustangs shot only 3-of-14 over the next 8 minutes and had four turnovers. They followed by surrendering a 20-point fourth quarter.

In all, the Mustangs didn’t handle the Bruins (6-4) out front as Sebastian Cole, Julian Hammond and Myles Purchase regularly got into the lane and beat the Mustangs down the floor in transition. Hammond had a game-high 23 points and the three combined for 35. Plus, the Bruins had a lot of success inside in terms of offensive rebounding and getting to loose balls. Having a 19-6 differential in free-throw attempts also was a problem.

As well, the Mullen offense was stagnant down the stretch. The Mustangs scored just eight points in the third quarter and 24 for the second half. Senior guard Christian Davis, now even more of a target after his thrilling 55-point performance three days before Christmas, led Mullen with 17 points, but the Bruins frequently were ready with their coverage blanket.

“People are going to guard Christian Davis, so we need to keep working and working and working and get to the basket,” Caton said. “We have to dump it inside and score there.”

Junior Isaac Ondekane also contributed 15 points, but, as Caton pointed out, “we got out of sync a little bit. Isaac got into foul trouble, Connor Riepma got into foul trouble. We can’t have that.”

Junior Isaac White contributed three 3-pointers in the second quarter as Mullen flirted with gaining some separation, but it could never break away – too many turnovers, missed shots and squandered opportunities followed.

The league competition isn’t what Mullen faced in December, Caton said, and it’s time to ramp up its attack.

Thirteen more Centennial matchups will follow.

“It’s different competition,” Caton said. “This is a different level and we have to be ready to boost it up ourselves.”

Mullen will host Arapahoe on Saturday, Jan. 5, in league play at 3 p.m.

 

CHERRY CREEK 69, MULLEN 61

Cherry Creek  13  19  20  17  - 69

Mullen  12  25  8  16  -- 61

Cherry Creek – Cole 2 3-4 7, Hammond 9 2-2 23, Purchase 2 1-2 5, Mitchell 2 2-2 6, LeFebre 1 7-9 10, Hausman 2 0-0 4, Hand 5 0-0 14, Jo. Strain 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 15-19 69.

Mullen – Davis 6 1-2 17, Veen 3 2-2 8, Stitt 3 0-0 9, Parris 0 0-0 0, Ondekane 7 1-2 15, Riepma 0 0-0 0, Thompson 1 0-0 3, White 3 0-0 9, Lopez 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-6 61.

3-pt. goals – Hand 4, Hammond 3, LeFebre; Davis 4, Stitt 3, White 3, Thompson. Fouled out – Stitt.

 

Davis drives 55

Senior guard white hot in Christmas Classic title game

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

On the final day before the holiday break, Christian Davis decided he would drive 55.

The Mullen senior was warm on Saturday night – white-hot, actually. He scored 55 points as the Mustangs blistered Chatfield 91-58 in the title game of the Mullen Christmas Classic held at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

“I mean, to be honest, I just went out there and played, and my teammates were feeding me. I happened to hit the shots and my mind went blank.”

What wasn’t blank was his box-score line, which is one that will be remembered.

Try and keep up with the following:

--- Davis scored 55 points on just 24 shots.

--- He was 15-of-19 on 3-pointers, 4-of-5 on 2-pointers.

--- His line in the box score? Davis 19 2-2 55.

--- His 15 3s are one shy of the Colorado single-game record.

--- There were virtually no gimmes. He made – and attempted – all of one layup, and it was one in which he made the play on defense to get into transition.

--- He made not one, but two 4-point plays, nailing the 3, then adding the free throws. And those free throws were his team’s only two of the game.

--- His 55 points came over approximately 34 minutes and is tied for the 12th-best performance as a schoolboy.

--- He scored in double figures in every quarter. He made six 3s in the first for 18 points; four 3s, a deuce and a free throw for 15 in the second; three 3s and a free throw for 10 in the third; and two 3s and three deuces for 12 in the fourth.

Do the math. It was awesome, especially in the eyes of his teammates.

“It was ridiculous,” Mustangs senior Matt Veen said. “He couldn’t miss. I’ve never seen it before. He’s one of the best shooters in the state, if not the best. As a teammate, we just wanted to find him and give him the ball.”

Said senior point guard Brady Parris: “it was crazy … Christian and I have played together for so long and we think of ourselves as the ‘Splash Brothers.’ Any time he hits a 3, I’m just as happy as if it was me. I couldn’t be more proud of Christian and this team. It’s a team game.”

Even with Davis deserving all of the attention, Mullen head coach Bob Caton said he was all for it because teammates constantly were looking to share with Davis.

“Yes, it was a great performance by Christian and you know what, by our team to find him,” he said.
“These guys are so great and they were looking for him.”

Mullen moved to 7-1 heading into its Centennial league schedule after the New Year, withstood any moves by the Chargers (6-6) and seemed to enjoy the building excitement generated by Davis, who regularly landed more net than iron. Indeed, the Chargers kept coming, as coach Stephen Schimpeler’s teams usually do, but Davis kept making shots.

Chatfield cut the Mullen lead to 31-30 down the stretch of the second quarter, but the Mustangs and Davis advanced it to 48-38 by halftime.

In all, the two teams combined for 31 3-pointers, 19 by Mullen, and the Mustangs scored 91 points despite going only 2-of-2 at the free-throw line … and, of course, both were by the Davis kid.

No other Mustang reached double figures, but how could they? And no one minded.

“I’m so proud of him and I can’t wait for the rest of the season,” Parris said.

Isaac Ondekane contributed eight points for Mullen, two on a run-away-truck dunk, and had 10 rebounds. Veen dunked a couple of times. And Vaughnn, Stitt, Parris, Veen and whoever else touched the ball seemed to land assists because they would pass to Davis and he would score.

In fact, from the opening tip-off, Davis, positioned in the eight corner, grabbed a pass and drilled his first 3-pointer just 3 seconds into the game.

It was that kind of night for a smooth-stroking guard who didn’t seem to miss and never performs any personal antics on the court to gain attention.

“At the end, when we started to get a cushion, I could take it in a little bit, but we just wanted to win,” Davis said. “I really appreciate my teammates. They had the trust in me and I let it fly.”

Of course, he added, “I dream about a game like this, yeah … even scoring more points … 100!” he laughed. “Just kidding …

“This will be a night to remember.”

And not just for him.

 

MULLEN 91, CHATFIELD 58

Chatfield  16  22  9  11  --  58

Mullen 25  23  21  22  -- 91

Chatfield – Carter2 2-2 8 , Vernon 6 0-0 15, Holmes 2 2-2 8, Carlson 6 0-0 16, Wildermuth 1 0-0 3, Jacobson 2 0-0 4, Goroski 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 4-4 58.

Mullen – Davis 19 2-2 55, Veen 2 0-0 4, Stitt 3 0-0 7, Parris 2 0-0 6, Ondekane 4 0-0 8, White 1 0-0 2, Riepma 0 0-0 0, Lopez 1 0-0 3, Libby 2 0-0 4, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Tekle 0 0-0 0, Berg 0 0-0 0, Dominguez 0 0-0 0, Pohs 2 0-0 4. Totals 35 2-2 91.

3-pt. goals – Carlson 4, Vernon 3, Carter 2, Holmes 2, Wildermuth; Davis 15, Parris 2, Stitt, Lopez. Technical – Mullen, delay of game.

 

FRUITA MONUMENT 68, BROOMFIELD 62: The Wildcats trailed 30-14 early before gradually rallying to handle the Eagles and earn third place.

Fruita Monument (8-4) also pulled away late, outscoring Broomfield 23-11 down the stretch.

Marcus Labonde led the Western Slope Wildcats with 20 points. Reilly Flinn and Ian Barnes each added 17.

For Broomfield, now 2-7, Steven Croell had 20 points and Georgiton added 12.

 

POMONA 59, DENVER SOUTH 52: The Jefferson County Panthers grabbed fifth place by coming alive late against the Rebels.

Pomona improved to 5-3 by outscoring Denver South 20-12 over the final 8 minutes.

Senior guard David Ross had a game-high 18 points for the Panthers. Junior Trevor Baskin added 12.

For the Denver Prep League’s Rebels, who fell to 3-6, Deshon Carter had 12 points and Joshua Singleton contributed 11.

 

HINKLEY 63, GREEN MOUNTAIN 57: The Thunderbirds, who hadn’t won since their opener, snapped a nine-game losing streak by outscoring the Rams 20-12 over the final 8 minutes to take seventh place.

Senior Larenzel Jones had a game-high 23 points for Hinkley, now 2-9. Juniors Delvin Sipple added 15 and Tjai Jackson 11.

For Green Mountain (3-8), loser of six consecutive games, Blake Schell had 21 points. Miles Dempsey and Darius Padilla had 10 each.

 

Davis, Mustangs rout Fruita 81-51

Defense, balance propel a Christmas Classic finals spot

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Entering the second round of their Christmas Classic, Mullen’s Mustangs were keenly aware that always under-the-radar Fruita Monument had a scoring-fest in the previous round.

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