Everywhere you looked Feb. 8 there was pink. Even the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ basketball team donned pink socks to show their support in the fight against breast cancer as they faced the Columbine Rebels.
But Columbine may have left the Eagles feeling a little blue after sneaking out a 63-61 nail-biting victory at Dakota Ridge High School.
The last time the teams met Columbine (14-4 overall, 9-2 5A Jeffco League) won by only seven points — 60-53 — so the Eagles were ready for the Rebels to bring a big game. And they did.
Columbine led 19-6 after one quarter, but the Eagles inched their way back and nearly avenged that earlier defeat. Dakota Ridge senior Elijah Davis led the Eagles (10-9, 7-5) with 17 points.
“I never give up,” said Davis, lamenting the loss. “I’m a confident kid, so I always think that my team is going to win. The whole time I thought it was our game.”
And for a while it seemed liked it might go the Eagles’ way. Davis and senior teammate Matt Silvas worked together to score 28 points.
“Davis is a tough kid to defend against. You can simulate drills for the way he plays, so we knew we were going to have to play aggressively if we wanted a shot at winning,” Columbine head coach Clay Thielking said.
In clutch situations, coaches need a go-to player who knows what to do and when to do it. For Thielking that player was senior Garrett Hyde.
Hyde scored 13 points. Brad Crowther led the Rebels with 15 points, Jack Stebbins added 12 and Jon Snow, in his first game back since playing Chatfield on Jan. 23, scored 11.
“Hyde did a good job of getting to the paint every time and we didn’t have an answer for him,” Dakota Ridge head coach Curi Yutzy said.