AURORA | A profile look at Cherokee Trail senior Jaizec Lottie, who is set to play for Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game set for Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. The boys game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. or immediately following the girls game that begins at 3 p.m. (buy tickets in advance: bit.ly/ATOWN2017):
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School: Cherokee Trail High School
2016-17 averages: 20.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals per game
Season highlights: The Cherokee Trail boys basketball team came into the 2016-17 season hoping to match the success of the previous year, when the Cougars advanced to the Great 8 round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Coach Morgan Gregory’s team certainly posted some significant victories, but a spate of injuries hurt their ability to win games in stretches and ultimately led to a difficult position in the 5A playoffs, which ended with a second-round loss at Rampart. The Cougars played four games without senior guard Jaizec Lottie — who suffered an ankle injury in the first game back from winter break and went 1-3, finding it difficult to replace what he brought to the lineup. Because of the losses to graduation from the previous year, Lottie knew he needed to score more for Cherokee Trail to be successful and he did so, upping his average to 20.3 points per contest, which ranked only behind Rangeview’s Matthew Johnson (21.6 ppg) for top honors among Aurora players. Lottie also pulled down more than a full rebound more than a year ago, dished out 4.0 assists per game and made 2.1 steals per ballgame. The currently uncommitted All-Centennial League first team selection will play on Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.
Lottie vs. Aurora teams: vs. Rangeview (26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals; 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists); vs. Regis Jesuit (12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists); vs. Eaglecrest (17 points, 4 rebounds; 18 oints, 6 rebounds, 8 assists); vs. Smoky Hill (32 points, 5 assists, 4 steals); vs. Grandview (13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists)