RAM, RIFLE OPPONENTS REACH 3A BASKETBALL FINALS

FORT COLLINS — In a twist of irony that might, with time, be some consolation, the teams that put Rifle and Roaring Fork into that ill-named bracket, both reached Saturday’s 3A title games against three-time defending champs at CSU’s Moby Gym.

Eaton, which defeated the Lady Bears 50-34 to reach the Final Four, edged the tourney’s other undefeated team, Pagosa Springs, 36-33 and will face Holy Family Saturday.

Jefferson Academy continued to get past higher-seeded opponents, first by beating undefeated Colorado Springs Christian in the Sweet 16, then Roaring Fork, 48-44 with a come-from-behind win Thursday, and a decisive 52-38 victory over no. 3 Valley, putting the Jaguars (19-7) against Faith Christian in the boys’ final Saturday.

Here are the remainder of Friday’s semifinal results:

BOYS:
Final 4 – Faith Christian 48, Pagosa Springs 30
Consolation – Kent Denver 72, Machebeuf 65 (overtime)

GIRLS:
Final 4 – Holy Family 59, Jefferson Academy 38
Consolation – Machebeuf 64, Pinnacle 49

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE:
BOYS:
Consolation championship: Kent Denver (21-5) vs. Brush (18-7), 10 a.m.
Third Place: Valley (21-5) vs. Pagosa Springs (20-4), 2 p.m.
3A Boys Championship: Faith Christian (25-1) vs. Jefferson Academy (19-7), 5:15 p.m.

GIRLS:
Consolation championship: Estes Park (22-4) vs. Machebeuf (19-7), 11:30 a.m.
Third Place: Jefferson Academy (18-8) vs. Pagosa Springs (24-1), 3:30 p.m.
3A Girls Championship: Holy Family (25-1) vs. Eaton (23-3), 7 p.m.

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