HIGHLANDS RANCH — In the span of ten days, No. 8 Mountain Vista boys basketball has gone from unranked, when they upset No. 5 Chaparral, to gaining the No. 8 ranking. A week after Chaparral, they upset No. 2 Regis Jesuit, and three days later, they upset No. 1 ThunderRidge to end the season.
Without senior Ray Beresford who sprained his right ankle two nights ago in practices, The Golden Eagles knew someone had to step up.
“Did you think that was an upset?" said Mountain Vista coach Robert Wood. "Cause I planned on winning the whole time."
"I thought my two sophomores, Isaac Phillips with 8 points and Jake Belknapp with 6 points, played a great game," he said. "Phillips had a great defensive game. And James Viergutz off of the bench pumped in 10 points. He played a solid game, and ran the court (well). We rebounded off of the board and didn’t give them many second chances to score."
Senior Brady Subart led the Eagles with 20 points, three assists, seven rebounds and one steal.
"It was another great team win, and with Ray out, we needed that," Subart said.
Senior Zach Pirog poured in 24 point for ThunderRidge, but none of his teammates scored in double figures.
"Give Mountain Vista credit," said ThunderRidge head coach Joel Ortiz. "Subart played a great game. I don’t have any answers, we weren’t shooting the ball well, but we are still No. 1 in the Continental League. Both teams are hoping for a No. 2 seed in the state bracket to get a first round bye."