BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Riley Grabau scored 30 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Boulder Panthers to a 67-53 victory over the Highlands Ranch Falcons in the Class 5A state semifinals Thursday night.
Trailing 45-43 with 5:08 to play, Grabau sank a 3-pointer that gave No. 2 Boulder (25-2) the lead for good.
The Panthers, who have won 21 straight, will play two-time defending champion Regis Jesuit for the Class 5A state title Saturday night.
No. 1 Highlands Ranch (25-2) led 32-25 at the half, and actually outshot Boulder 48 percent to 43 percent from the field.
But Boulder won the game at the line, hitting 24 of 28 free throws. Highlands Ranch was 9 of 13 from the stripe.
Earlier in the night, the Regis Raiders secured their third straight trip to the title game in the state’s highest class. Tanner Samson scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Thursday night as Regis cruised past the Arapahoe Warriors with a 75-47 victory their semifinal matchup.
The game was never in doubt.
No. 1 Regis (22-5) never trailed, leading 16-2 after the first quarter, 35-11 at the half and 50-28 after the third period.
Michael Clark scored 14 points, while Drew Dyer and Ryan Winters added 12 apiece for the Aurora School.
Top-seeded Arapahoe (25-2), from Centennial, was led by Javon Moore and Parker Semin, who each scored 11 points.
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