COLORADO SPRINGS — Fighting for the top in the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League, Widefield came out on top Wednesday night over Mesa Ridge at Widefield High School.
In a game that wasn’t decided until the final minutes of regulation, both teams showed up to put on an exciting and impressive game that ended with Widefield winning with a score of 65-58.
“Despite our lapse in the last four minutes of the second quarter we came through and finished the quarter,” Widefield coach Mark Munoz said. “I was just proud of guys with the way we were able to finish.”
Tre Pierre led the Gladiators (13-4 overall, 8-2 4A CSML) with 19 points and T.J. Davis added 18. They were backed up with clean passing, key rebounds, and communication.
“We had a good game plan and we came out and executed our plan,” senior Myreik Goodwin-Lagree said. “We communicated and played help defense which helped us come together and get the win.”
Two Pierre free throws helped Widefield cap off a five-point run in the last three minutes, giving them a late lead..
The Class 4A No. 10 Grizzlies (12-6, 9-2) were lead by Deven Nelson and Devon Ricketts, they provided vital buckets throughout the game that kept the game within reach.
“Despite the need for better talking on the defensive end, I’m happy tonight with our guys,” Mesa Ridge coach Yantz Robison said. “The one thing that is evident is that we are in pretty good shape and I’m looking forward to getting back to work.”
With Mesa Ridge taking the first game earlier this month, the rivalry atmosphere seemed to be in full swing.
“With the atmosphere tonight, it was just an emotional game,” Munoz said.
By taking one game at a time, it will be interesting to see how the next few weeks set the stage for postseason.
Both teams will be back in action next week and will be continuing to fight for the top spot in the tough Metro League.