As five seniors in Alfonso Salias, JR William, David Hayes, Adrian Takahashi, and Lyndon Pacheco were celebrated Feb. 19 at Thornton High School, third-quarter magic from the visiting Brighton …
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As five seniors in Alfonso Salias, JR William, David Hayes, Adrian Takahashi, and Lyndon Pacheco were celebrated Feb. 19 at Thornton High School, third-quarter magic from the visiting Brighton Bulldogs spoiled the evening for a packed-out Trojans crowd that left the gymnasium to a 69-48 defeat.
Despite claiming a 15-14 advantage after a quarter, Thornton recorded only eight points in the second as a buzzer-beater for Brighton pushed their lead to the largest of the night at five. After three ties and seven lead changes in the first half, a 6-point third frame killed the Trojans as the lead swelled to 41-29 marching to the fourth.
“That killed us,” Thornton coach Bailey Clark said of the end of the second, start of the third quarter. “I always feel like it’s 30 seconds to a minute that always dictates the game, and that stretch hurt us. Everything just felt flat, no energy, and it just wasn’t very fun.”
Showing more fight, however, in the fourth, junior Anthony Sandoval and Takahashi tallied seven and four points apiece to close the gap a tad. But 13 and seven points from senior Blake Ferguson and junior Shan Pratt respectively on the other side was too much to overcome.
As the program under Clark heads a new direction going from 5A competition to 4A next season, new roster spots will be open due to the veteran class graduating this Despite only Takahashi going all four years in the program, Clark will miss this group.
“It’s funny because normally all four years with seniors, they really get on you, but these guys really got me for one or two years. They are all very special to me, and they have grown a lot. Not just as basketball players, but as young men too, and they have learned how to work hard, be kind, and have been great kids.”
Sandoval recorded a team-high 15 points followed by Takahashi and Salais’ 10 and eight, respectively. William recorded seven of the team’s 30 total rebounds.
To end the week and their season, Thornton fell on the road to rival Northglenn, 55-40.
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