Mountain Vista Hangs on Against Regis Jesuit
AURORA—In a battle of Conference foes, as well as top five teams in 5A, Tuesday’s battle of the second-ranked Mountain Vista Golden Eagles visiting the fifth-ranked Regis Jesuit Raiders did not disappoint. In what seemed to be a playoff atmosphere the Golden Eagles stayed perfect.
Both teams are known for their high scoring ability and this match up was no different. The Golden Eagles came into Tuesday the only undefeated team left in 5A but they had yet to play against the State’s leading scorer in Junior Josh Perkins.
Mountain Vista wasted no time as they came out on fire from outside scoring on their first five possessions, four of which were behind the arc. Regis Jesuit came out cold and seemed to have a hard time getting anyone besides Perkins involved on the offensive end in the first quarter.
Trailing 24-14 after one quarter the Raiders defensive pressure caused missed shots and bad turnovers by the Golden Eagles. Perkins heated up and when he received too much attention he made good decisions with the ball, passing to his teammates who hit some crucial shots. Sophomore Kip Boryla had some very opportune rebounds on both end as well and Regis cut the lead to two points at the half.
Heading into the second half Golden Eagle coach Bob Wood knew they had let the Raiders back in it saying, “they’re a good team and they picked it up and converted the turnovers into baskets and battled back. They created a lot of stuff off the dribble and they kicked it and hit threes.”
The Golden Eagles kept their cool after halftime and as Senior Elijah Valdez stated, “we had to keep ourselves mentally tough and get the win.” Valdez contributed a gutsy effort on his way to 24 points. Mountain Vista just seemed to be the more consistent team and their rebounding and defense held Regis Jesuit to only ten points in the 3rd quarter.
Although they went cold in the third Regis Jesuit had not given up just yet. Down 56-48 heading into the fourth quarter the Raiders made a final push down the stretch.
Regis pulled within three points several times but Perkins could not seem to get in a rhythm all night missing shots very early into many of the Raiders possessions. Conversely, the Golden Eagles hit big shots including some clutch free-throws by Chandler Wiscombe with 36 seconds to go.
With less than five seconds to play Perkins was fouled on a three-point attempt. Unfortunately for the Raider faithful he missed his first two attempts and the game was Mountain Vistas with a final score of 77-73.
The pressure of Mountain Vista seemed to be a big factor in their win as Regis Jesuit Coach Ken Shaw for the Raiders alluded to.
“We didn’t execute, sometimes we were our own worst enemy as far as trying to be a little bit rushed but obviously the way they played us plays into that.”
With Mountain Vista being one of the few teams to come to Regis Jesuit and leave with a win in the last few years Wood will savor this 15th win a little more than the last 14 saying. “It’s a big win,” he said. “They don’t lose very often here. They lost in the playoffs last year in a big upset other than that you go back the last four years and don’t see a lot of their loses here.”
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