LOVELAND - The championship hopes for the Fowler High School boys' basketball team came to an end Friday as the Grizzlies lost to defending state champion Yuma 56-47 in the Class 2A State Tournament at the Budweiser Events Center.
Jake Chrisman gave the Indians the early lead with two baskets and Clay Robinson made one of two from the free throw line for a 5-0 lead.
Drew Egan scored the Grizzlies' first two points, but Chrisman scored again and Chase McCreath made two free throws. Steven Wells then made a 3-point basket to increase the Indians' lead to 12-2.
Egan made two free throws to cut the deficit to 12-4 at the end of the first quarter.
Quinton Flanscha and Val Leone both scored to bring the Grizzlies within 12-8. However, Robinson and Chrisman both scored for a 16-8 lead.
Zane Denton's layup, Egan's jumper and Johnathan Mobbley's layup again brought Fowler within a four-point deficit.
Chrisman scored three points to finish the second quarter to give Yuma a 21-14 advantage.
Leone came out for the second half red-hot as he made two consecutive 3-pointers. But Chrisman made a short jumper, Robinson made two free throws and McCreath scored a layup to extend the Indians' lead to 30-20. Gabriel Proctor hit a three for the Grizzlies, but McCreath and Chrisman scored again for a 34-23 lead.
Mobbley and Proctor scored back-to-back baskets, but Wells made another trey to give Yuma a 37-27 advantage at the end of the third.
Flanscha made a layup and Denton a 3-pointer, but Yuma's Jonathan Rascon hit a three. Egan's jumper and back-to-back treys by Mobbley and Leone tied the score at 40-40 with 5:11 left in the game.
Wells put Yuma back into the lead with a 3-point basket and Robinson drove for a layup and added a free throw. Chrisman then split at the line to extend the Indians' lead to 47-40.
Mobbley scored a layup, but Robinson made three out of four free throws. Egan made a three and a layup to close the deficit to 50-47, but that's as close as the Grizzlies would get as Yuma made six out of seven free throws in the final 90 seconds.
Leone led Fowler in scoring with 13 points and Egan scored 11.
Chrisman led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Robinson with 17 and Wells with 12.
Fowler (21-5) will play Holly in the third-place game, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. This will be the third meeting between the schools this season. Holly won the previous two games.
Yuma 56, Fowler 47
Fowler - Flanscha 2 0-2 4, Denton 2 0-0 5, Leone 4 0-0 11, Egan 5 2-2 13, Mobbley 4 0-0 9, Bitter 0 0-0 0, Mason 0 0-0 0, Proctor 2 0-0 5. Total 19 2-4 47.
3-point goals - Leone 3, Denton 1, Egan 1, Mobbley 1, Proctor 1.
Yuma - McCreath 1 2-2 4, Robinson 3 11-13 17, Rascon 1 0-0 3, Wells 4 0-0 12, Chrisman 8 4-6 20, Caraveo 0 0-0 0. Total 17 17-21 56.
3-point goals - Wells 4, Rascon 1.
Fowler 4 10 13 20 - 47
Yuma 12 9 16 19 - 56
Fouls - Fowler 17, Yuma 8. Fouled out - Denton, Mobbley.