DENVER - The Pinnacle boys basketball team will have a tough road ahead in the Class 3A state basketball tournament.
The Timberwolves, who were second in the Frontier District tournament, received the 18th seed to open the state tournament and will face Colorado Academy on Friday in the opening round of the 3A tournament.
Pinnacle was well on its way to winning the district tournament, but the Timberwolves couldn’t get past Denver Science & Tech Stapleton the title match on Saturday. The Knights rallied in the fourth quarter to top Pinnacle 61-58.
DSTS has one of the biggest kept secrets in the state in 7-foot senior Davis Carter, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds to go with six blocked shots.
The Knights held a 30-23 advantage at the half, but the Timberwolves rallied back in the third and held a one-point advantage going into the final quarter.
DSTS’s Alexander Neal led all scorers with 18 points, while Chase Gonzales had a team-high 17 for Pinnacle. Chase Phillips had 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
The Knights are the No. 8 seed in the tournament.
Pinnacle went into the district tournament with a perfect 12-0 record in the Frontier League, the Timberwolves even beat DSTS 46-45 earlier this season.
The Academy girls (11-12 overall) will open the state tournament as the No. 27 seed and will face sixth-seeded Pagosa Springs in the opening round.
The Wildcats won three of four games at the district tournament. Their lone loss came to Bennett, 42-25, in the quarterfinals. Academy topped Sheridan 48-46 in the fifth place match.
Brittany Watts scored 14 points to lead the way for the Wildcats.
The Academy boys are the 31st seed at the state tourney, the Wildcats open the tournament against No. 2 Colorado Springs Christian. The Wildcats fell to Clear Creek 57-51 on Saturday in the fifth-place game. Academy advanced to the fifth-place game after rallying to beat Platte Canyon 94-75.
The Wildcats outscored the Huskies 36-6 in the fourth quarter, Zach Telles led the way by hitting nine three-pointers and scoring 54 points.
Telles is currently sixth in the state in scoring with 23.8 points a game, he is the top scorer in 3A.