Merino boys basketball took fourth place at the state tournament after unexpected upsets in the Class 2A boys hoops competition, with No. 5 Limon emerging as the champion.

The Big Picture

The tournament witnessed surprising outcomes as top-ranked teams, Merino and Simla, were defeated in the Final 4, leading to an unexpected championship battle between lower-seeded teams Limon and Sanford.

By the Numbers
  • Limon secured a 54-27 victory over Sanford to claim their first boys basketball championship since 1964.
  • Merino concluded the season with a 22-5 record, led by seniors Tyler Miller (averaging 18.5 points per game) and Jaxson Samber (averaging 11.5 points per game).
State of Play
  • Merino entered the Great 8 on an eight-game winning streak, eventually facing defeat at the hands of Sanford, leading them to the consolation bracket.
  • The team, comprising seven seniors, will bid farewell as they shift focus to the next season following their strong performance.
Bottom Line

The Merino boys basketball team's fourth-place finish at the state tournament underlines their impressive season, marked by notable performances from key senior players.