Thornton’s Fenerci chosen EMAC Coach of the Year

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THORNTON -- The Thornton High School boys team celebrated an impressive 2013 season.

Not only did the Trojans make the Class 5A state basketball tournament, they finished third in the Eastern Metro League.

Thornton also finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record at home, which helped the Trojans’ coach Sercan Fenerci earn EMAC Coach of the Year.

Fenerci, who is in his second year as Thornton’s head coach, helped the Trojans improve from 4-18 in his first year to 14-10 this season. The Trojans also improved their league record from 2-10 to 6-3.

Trojans’ guard Samuel Shumate and Northglenn’s Angel Casares each were chosen to the EMAC All-Conference first team.

Shumate, who is a senior, averaged 10.8 points a game to lead the Trojans. He also hit a team-high 45 treys this season and was second on the team in assists (1.3). Shumate scored a season best 25 points against Adams City on Feb. 12. He drained four three-pointers in the game.

Casares, who is also a senior, led the Norse in scoring (14.2) and three-pointers (42). Casares was also second on the team in rebounds with 3.8, he had a season-high 26 points against Pomona on Nov. 29. He was a perfect 12 for 12 from the line in the game. He scored more than 20 points five times this season.

Making the second team was Thornton’s Daezionte Henderson and Donovan Gomez-Onofre, as well as Northglenn’s Jordan Radebaugh and Jalyn Johnson.

Henderson, who was the lone sophomore that started for the Trojans, was fourth on the team in scoring (7.0) and second in rebounding (6.8).

Gomez-Onofre led the Trojans with 2.5 assists a game, and was second in scoring (10.3).

Thornton had their season come to an end in the opening round of the state playoffs, after falling to Liberty 68-43.

Radebaugh led Northglenn in rebounding (4.7) and blocks (.7), he also was second on the squad in points (8.0) and steals (1.5). Johnson, who is only a sophomore, was second on team in assists (1.4) and also averaged 5.6 points for the Norse.

Northglenn finished the season 9-14 overall and was 5-4 in the EMAC.

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