Boulder Bound!

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Feature Photo by Vincent Tran: The Boys’ Basketball team hoists their final four plaque. They earned the plaque and the trip to the final four with a 75-64 victory over the Cherokee Trail Cougars.

By Sebastian Wiegand, Sports Editor

With the Race to Boulder on, the Raiders decided not to try their luck with last minute shots as they rolled to a 75-64 win over the Cherokee Trail Cougars to move on to the Final Four in Boulder.

“It’s just one step closer to our goal,” said senior wing Tyrei Randall.

Rangeview started slow as they trailed the Cougars 12-11 at the end of the first quarter.  However, the Raiders picked it up as they outscored CT 21-10 in the second quarter and held a 10 point lead, and headed to the locker rooms with the score 32-22.

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Senior EJ Reed Shoots a three against the Cougars. Reed finished the game with 18 points and 14 rebounds. (Vincent Tran)

The game continued to be a success for the Raiders as they pulled away and built an 18 point lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter the Raiders slowed down and went into protect mode to prevent a CT run. The Cougars tried to make a comeback; but, the 18 point deficit proved to be too much to handle as the Raiders coasted in the fourth to seal a 75-64 win.

Seniors EJ Reed and Tyrei Randall paced the Raiders with 18 points each while Jalen Guidry added nine assists for the Raiders.

This is the Raiders eighth appearance in the Final Four, second under Palmer, and their first since 2012 when Jeremiah Paige, Gabe Solarin, accompanied by Trey and Larry Bridges beat Cherry Creek High School 47-46.

“Its pretty big for [Palmer] and the team to be here,” said Guidry.

The Raiders will now take on Eaglecrest High School at 7:00 on Friday at the CU Event Center in Boulder.