Denver East widens gap on No. 1 spot in 5A boys basketball

Denver East Cherokee Trail boys basketball

Denver East received 13 of the 20 first-place votes this week. (Kevin Keyser/KeyserImages.com)

Denver East's grip on the No. 1 spot in Class 5A boys basketball continues to grow tighter.

In this week's CHSAANow.com rankings, the Angels received 13 of the 20 first-place votes. Last week, Denver East received 12 of 20.

The Angels are now 11-0 in Colorado, and have an average margin of victory of 19.8 points in those games. That includes a 3-point win over Cherry Creek on Dec. 13 and a one-point win over Eaglecrest on Dec. 16.

Since January, Denver East is winning in-state games by an average of 24.6 points.

Still, Fossil Ridge remains ever present. The second-ranked SaberCats are now 17-0, and received the other seven first-place votes this week. They are the only other team to be ranked No. 1 this season, holding that spot for one week in mid-January.

Mountain Vista moved up one place to No. 3 after a big week that included a 60-58 win over No. 5 Regis Jesuit at the buzzer.

Eaglecrest is No. 4 this week, and Regis Jesuit remained at No. 5. Arapahoe bumped up two places to No. 6, as did Monarch, which is now No. 7.

Overland is No. 8, Highlands Ranch is No. 9 and Chatfield is the lone newcomer at No. 10.

Other new teams this week: No. 10 Denver South (4A), No. 10 Denver Science & Tech (3A), No. 9 Simla (2A) and No. 9 Primero (1A).

Valor Christian stayed atop its ranking in 4A, as did Holy Family (3A), Ignacio (2A) and Caliche (1A).

Complete polls for all classes are below.

CHSAANow.com Boys Basketball Polls

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Denver East (13) 15-3 193 1 3-0
2 Fossil Ridge (7) 17-0 186 2 2-0
3 Mountain Vista 16-1 145 4 2-0
4 Eaglecrest 14-3 140 3 2-0
5 Regis Jesuit 14-3 116 5 1-1
6 Arapahoe 13-3 81 8 3-0
7 Monarch 14-3 54 9 1-1
8 Overland 11-6 51 7 1-1
9 Highlands Ranch 12-5 43 10 2-0
10 Chatfield 13-3 31 - 1-0
Others receiving votes:
Rangeview 18, Grandview 11, Cherry Creek 9, Grand Junction 9, Legend 6, Chaparral 3.
Dropped out
Cherry Creek (6).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Valor Christian (14) 14-3 175 1 1-0
2 Thompson Valley (3) 16-1 158 2 2-0
3 Pueblo South (1) 15-2 142 3 2-0
4 D'Evelyn 13-2 125 4 2-0
5 Air Academy 13-3 81 8 1-0
6 Pueblo East 14-4 76 6 2-1
7 Sand Creek 12-3 68 5 1-1
8 Longmont 13-3 47 9 2-0
9 Thomas Jefferson 11-6 43 7 1-1
10 Denver South 12-7 31 - 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Golden 26, Greeley Central 6, Cheyenne Mountain 4, Glenwood Springs 4, Vista Peak 4.
Dropped out
Golden (10).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Holy Family (12) 15-0 120 1 2-0
2 Colorado Academy 13-0 108 2 2-0
3 Jefferson Academy 13-2 88 3 1-0
4 Faith Christian 10-5 78 4 1-1
5 Colorado Springs Christian 9-3 70 5 2-0
6 The Pinnacle 10-2 48 8 2-0
7 Aspen 10-2 44 7 2-0
8 Brush 9-4 39 6 1-0
9 Moffat County 9-2 17 9 1-0
10 Denver Science & Tech 9-4 12 - 1-1
Others receiving votes:
Bishop Machebeuf 11, Kent Denver 7, St. Mary's 7, Platte Valley 5, Centauri 4, Alamosa 2.
Dropped out
St. Mary's (10).

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Ignacio (10) 12-0 143 1 1-0
2 Sanford (3) 12-1 125 2 1-0
3 Akron 11-1 116 4 2-0
4 Lutheran (1) 8-5 105 3 1-1
5 Yuma 11-2 86 5 1-0
6 Resurrection Christian (1) 13-2 81 6 2-0
7 Peyton 11-2 49 7 1-0
8 Rye 13-2 48 8 2-0
9 Simla 11-2 23 - 3-0
10 Crowley County 12-2 16 - 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Denver Christian 10, Haxtun 7, Holyoke 6, Paonia 4, Meeker 2, Telluride 2, Sedgwick County 1, Swink 1.
Dropped out
Denver Christian (9), Haxtun (10).

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Caliche (10) 12-0 100 1 1-0
2 Hi-Plains 11-1 89 2 1-0
3 McClave 11-2 74 3 1-0
4 Holly 10-3 63 4 1-0
5 Vail Christian 10-2 57 6 2-0
6 Cheyenne Wells 9-2 55 5 0-0
7 South Baca 9-4 29 7 0-0
8 Norwood 8-4 21 8 1-1
9 Primero 11-1 13 - 1-0
10 Briggsdale 7-4 12 10 1-1
Others receiving votes:
Shining Mountain 8, Arickaree 7, Denver Jewish Day 5, Stratton 5, Cheraw 4, Peetz 4, Walsh 3, Kit Carson 1.
Dropped out
Shining Mountain (9).