The Mission Prep boys basketball team watched as Highlands Ranch (Colo.) got it offense in order and began to eat into the Royals’ 19-point halftime lead. Sloppy defense by the Royals didn’t help their cause any, either.
Then Kyle Colvin took over.
The junior guard scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter and helped the Royals to a 60-47 win Monday night at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic tournament.
Colvin hit five 3-point shots in the game, with many coming from the corner.
Jake Jensen led Mission Prep to a 29-10 halftime lead with nine points in the first half and finished the game with 11 as the only other player to score in double figures.
Mission Prep started the game on a 13-0 run, and the lead ballooned before the Falcons outscored the Royals 20-17 in the third quarter. Mission Prep’s lead was cut to seven with two minutes to go before a couple of free throws from Mission Prep and a Carter Gran 3-pointer closed the door on a comeback.
The win was the second for Mission Prep (5-2) in the Christmas Classic. The Royals played again Tuesday night against defending champion Bishop Montgomery.
Other first-round scores from Monday:
Vegas Gold Bracket
▪ Bishop Mongomery 57, BC Christian Academy 26
▪ El Camino Real 56, Immanuel 53
▪ Seattle Prep 80, Inglewood 54
▪ Kingwood 75, Peninsula 70
▪ West Ranch 56, Fremont 49
▪ St. Joseph 73, Serra 68
▪ Lincoln 75, Dorsey 70