Cade Phillips leads Class 1A No. 3 Cheraw boys basketball to 10th consecutive win
Colorado Class 1A's third-ranked squad, the Cheraw High School boys basketball team, won its 10th game in as many tries this season as it defeated 14th-ranked Eads 45-36 Tuesday at the Wolverines Den.
"We've had a good run," Cheraw coach Colin Leake said. "That's a very good Eads team and we were able to hang in there and get it done."
"We were moving the ball around," sophomore Cade Phillips said. "We were finding open shots and just working as a team. There were some rough spots in not being able to handle the pressure, but we'll definitely work on that. Our defense has kept us in every game. Talking and communicating."
The game was a lot closer than the final score indicated. But when a big shot was needed, Phillips came through.
He led all scorers with 18 points, which included four 3-pointers and going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final seconds.
"He had a good night," Leake said. "He's had a good couple of games. When we struggle to get the ball inside, luckily he's been able to hit a few outside."
"I'm one of the cooler under pressure guys at the free throw line and that's all I can say," Phillips said.
Phillips has also established himself on the football field for Cheraw. He was the Wolverines' starting quarterback this past season and he set some school records.
"He's a good athlete," Leake said. "He's a good kid."
"I have to thank all of my coaches for that," Phillips said. "Training me and working hard and giving me the chance to go out and do so."
Phillips will be a three-sport athlete for Cheraw as he will also be on the Wolverines track and field team.
"I'm going to do the 4-by-400, the 4x-by-200 and the 4-by-100," Phillips said.
Cheraw has four games remaining in the season, which includes High Plains League games against McClave at home on Friday and at 11th-ranked Granada on March 5.
"Those are going to be two tough games," Phillips said. "Granada is definitely very tough and so is McClave. We're going to have to come out and focus on those two games and play our game and we'll get it done."
The Wolverines had one other player score in double figures as Braeden Harris scored 10 points.
Cheraw girls dealt 50-42 loss by Eads
The Cheraw girls team saw itself down by a 26-13 margin at halftime in its game against Eads.
However, the Wolverines had a strong second half. They closed to within a three-point deficit on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles pulled away late in the game.
Heaven-Lee Marquez led the Wolverines with 10 points. McKenzie Bartholomew, Regan Stoker and Abby Provost all scored eight.
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