Palisade matches up well with Cheyenne Mountai

Palisade HS hoopster Jeremy Hayden.



Tonight’s first-round Class 4A boys basketball playoff game between Palisade and Cheyenne Mountain features a pair of teams that, on paper, appear to match up evenly in some respects.

Neither team has a big go-to player underneath, both relying on two or three players to do the bulk of their scoring.

Cheyenne Mountain runs a dribble-drive offense similar to the one Palisade ran last season, so the Bulldogs are familiar with how to defend it.

The Indians like to run a 1-3-1 or 2-2-1 zone trap defense, the type that many of Palisade’s Western Slope League opponents ran this season.

Here’s a tale of the tape entering tonight’s game in Colorado Springs. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Palisade

Record: 6-17 (4th in Western Slope League)

LEADING PLAYERS

Jeremy Hayden — 13.0 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 26 3-pointers

Jake Edmiston — 10.5 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game

Rylie Josey — 8.4 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game

Kane Gunther — 5.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game

Caleb Hall — 4.6 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game

Nathan Yanez — 4.6 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game

Cheyenne Mountain

Record: 15-8 (5th in Colorado Springs Metro League)

LEADING PLAYERS

Patrick Heckmann — 14.6 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game

Robbie Belveal — 12.5 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 1.7 steals per game

Logan Mueller — 12.2 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game

Geoff Pippus — 10.9 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game

Dustin Sisneros — 5.6 points per game, 1.6 rebounds per game

Streaks

Palisade: Lost first 12 games, won final four regular-season games

Cheyenne Mountain: Won seven of its past eight games


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