Basketball takes shot at history


Feature Photo by Sebastian Wiegand: Senior Jalen Guidry shoots a floater against Westminster.  Guidry is third in Colorado in assists.

By Sebastian Wiegand, Sports Editor

With the regular season coming to an end the Raiders boys basketball team will look to remain perfect against rival Gateway, and secure one of the top seeds in the upcoming CHSAA tournament.

“I think it’ll get us our fire and intensity back,” said Senior Calvin Collins.

The boys are currently 22-0, a perfect 8-0 in league, and are coming off of blowout wins against Prairie View, on Tuesday, and Brighton, on Wednesday.  With the win against Brighton the Raiders clinched the EMAC title for the third consecutive season.

Gateway on the other hand is coming off of a close loss to Westminster high school.  Gateway will come into the game with a record of 10-12 with a 4-4 record in league play.

For Gateway there is more on the line than just beating their rivals tonight.  If Gateway could muster an upset they would not only ruin Rangeview’s perfect season, they would also snap an 11 game losing streak against Rangeview and deny Rangeview of their program’s 500th win.  Gateway hasn’t beat Rangeview in basketball since February, 19 2009.

Junior Elijah Blake shoots over his defender against Northglenn. Blake is currently averaging 10.3 points per game and 3.1 assists to game. (Sebastian Wiegand)

So far Senior Tyrei Randall has made his case for the EMAC Player of the year as he is leading the Raiders with 17 points per game.  Seniors Jalen Guidry and EJ Reed have also made their contributions felt as Guidry is currently third in state in assists per game and has put up 10 assists in three games this season.  Meanwhile Reed is averaging 15.8 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game while throwing in five double-doubles.

For the Raiders this is more than just a win.  If they win they will not only tie the school record for wins in a season (23, in 83-84 and 84-85), but it will also be the program’s 500th all-time win.

“It’d be really big,” said Guidry. “Especially since it’s a rivalry game.”  

Tonight the boys will take on the Olympians at 7:00 following the girls basketball game