Palisade matches up well with Cheyenne Mountai
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.
Record: 6-17 (4th in Western Slope League)
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
Record: 15-8 (5th in Colorado Springs Metro League)
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
Palisade: Lost first 12 games, won final four regular-season games
Cheyenne Mountain: Won seven of its past eight games