Evergreen boys hoops defeat Palmer to get shot at Paul Davis Classic title

LAKEWOOD — Evergreen used a balanced offensive attack Friday night to get a shot to win the annual Paul Davis Classic.

The Cougars (3-0 record) grabbed a 50-42 victory over Palmer in the semifinal of the annual tournament hosted by Green Mountain High School. Juniors Griffin Lauritano (16 points) and Jackson Mott (11 points), along with senior Cooper Dyess (12 points) led the way for Evergreen.

A 20-point second quarter for Evergreen gave the Cougars a 30-21 advantage at halftime. Palmer was led by junior Kolben Barney, who finished with a game-high 19 points in the loss for the Terrors.

The victory advanced Evergreen to the championship game against Class 4A Jeffco League rival Green Mountain. The Cougars and Rams will square off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Green Mountain High School. It will be the first of three regular-season meetings between Evergreen and Green Mountain this season.

The two are scheduled for conference games Jan. 22 and Feb. 21.