Friday evening Arapahoe hosted RPAC East foe Southwest for a pair of games. Arapahoe defended their home court, sweeping the double-header in front of a good-sized crowd from both communities.
In the girl's matchup, it was a thriller, to say the least, and a physical battle. Arapahoe got the win in the final seconds, 36-35. Arapahoe was effective in the early stages of the game and led 13-6 after the first quarter. Southwest countered with a strong game of their own, scoring 12 points, to Arapahoe's seven. The Warriors led by two going into halftime.
In the third quarter continued to be a very physical game. Arapahoe increased their lead, and it was 29-20 going to the fourth quarter.
The final stanza was a battle.
The offense was able to get rolling for Southwest, and they took the lead late in the game, 35-34. With just a few seconds left, Arapahoe had a chance to win the game. Berkley Warner caught a pass, drove towards the corner and attempted to throw a pass, and she was fouled.
Southwest was over the limit and Warner went to the line to tie or win the game. She sunk both, and Southwest had a chance to win the game with 4.5 seconds to go. They advanced the ball into the front court, and it was batted away by Arapahoe out of bounds. Southwest got two decent looks from the inbounds pass, a jump shot, and off the rebound, a layup attempt but couldn't convert.
Southwest falls to 3-4 on the season. They were led by Kyra Nelms and her 11 points. Anastasia Gallegos had eight.
Arapahoe moves to 3-4. They were led by Berkley Warner with 19 points. She was at the free-throw line a lot, going 13-17 at the stripe. Sage Larson had eight points too.
We caught up with Berkley after the game and discussed how they got the win, and her two big free throws.
In the boy's game, it wasn't as close, with Arapahoe winning by 17, 51-34.
The first quarter was fairly sloppy for both teams, as they were trying to find their footing. Arapahoe led, 12-7. In the second quarter, Arapahoe extended their lead and went up 29-15 going into the half.
In the third quarter, Southwest made things interesting. They were down by nineteen points at one juncture but trimmed the lead down to 10 points, and Arapahoe led 42-32 going to the final period.
Arapahoe deflated any comeback attempt, by allowing just two points in the final quarter and scored nine points to secure the win.
Southwest falls to 2-5 this season. Hunter Blume, Houston Billeter, and Trenton Williams each had nine points.
Arapahoe improves to 3-4. They were led by Trenton Roskop and his 16 points. Chris Hermes was huge from deep, with five three-pointers in the game.
We caught up with Roskop after the game, check out his comments in the video below.