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Eagles keep Chatfield from locking up Jeffco title

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Rival Dakota Ridge sweeps season series with Chargers

By Michael Hicks

Dakota Ridge has Chatfield’s number. At least, this year it does.
For the second time in a month, the Eagles befuddled the Chargers — the only team to do so in the 5A Jeffco League this season — posting a 74-66 victory on Feb. 14 at Chatfield Senior High School. The loss kept the Chargers’ second straight conference title on hold for a few more days.
“We had a lot more confidence coming into this game. We just wanted to come out strong,” Dakota Ridge’s Cambrian Antrillo said. “They were about to win league. We didn’t want that to happen.”
No one player did the Chargers in. It was a collective effort, as normal for Dakota Ridge. Four players scored in double figures, led by Antrillo and Mason Grothuesmann with 12 points apiece. Cody Pittman and Devante Williams added 10. In all, eight players scored seven or more points for Dakota Ridge (15-6 overall, 10-4 5A Jeffco).
The Eagles, who beat the Chargers 53-51 on Jan. 17, went on a 20-5 run in the second quarter to turn a 16-11 deficit into a 31-21 lead behind a 3-2 zone defense meant to slow down Chatfield’s leading scorer Darius Reiter. The Chargers got back to within five points twice early in the third quarter before a 7-0 run pushed Dakota Ridge’s lead back to 12. It eventually grew to 55-41 by the end of the third quarter.
“We tried to mix up our defense a little bit,” Dakota Ridge head coach Curi Yutzy said. The Eagles utilized a man-to-man defense coupled with the 3-2 zone. “It worked well. Any time you play zone teams, they are going to get shots. They got shots. Fortunate for us, most of them were contested. They didn’t fall. We did a good job rebounding out of it.”
Andrew St. Germain, who led Chatfield (17-4, 12-2) with a game-high 21 points, said the Chargers weren’t prepared for the opener, and their defense was a detriment in this one.
“That really hurt us. We gave up so many layups. We couldn’t get a stop the whole game,” St. Germain said.
Chatfield, which had its seven-game winning streak snapped, got the deficit down to five points four times in the final eight minutes, the final time at 71-66 with 1 minute, 20 seconds remaining. But the Chargers couldn’t get any closer.
“You’ve got to give them credit. They wanted it more than we did. We didn’t play with any desperation. When we started to play desperate, then we did pretty good, but you’ve got to play desperate from the very beginning,” Chatfield Senior head coach Steve Schimpeler said.
Reiter finished with 14 points — 10 in the fourth quarter, but he hit just two field goals. Riley Welch added 10.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.