AURORA-- Perhaps a late start prevented the Vista Peak Bison from pulling away, until late.
In a game that didn't tip off until around 9:00 p.m., No. 9 Vista Peak finally separated itself from Greeley Central with a monstrous fourth quarter, winning by a final score of 57-42 in its first game of the year.
Although the heavily favored Bison maintained control for most of the game, the Wildcats continued to fight hard and hang around.
After three quarters, it was just a three-point game.
Then, Tre Early got it going for Vista Peak.
The senior exploded in the final quarter, catching fire from behind the arc while scoring eight of his team-high 14 points on the night.
Meanwhile, teammate Dylan Holt made the transition from football to basketball season look seamless.
The school's star wide receiver--and now, basketball forward--matched Early with 14 points of his own, including a thunderous dunk in the first half that woke up the Bison crowd.
Greeley Central's Jackson Hayslip and Xavier Bonham did all they could to keep the Wildcats around.
But in the end, the athleticism and balanced scoring attack of Vista Peak was too much.
The Bison had five guys in double figures Thursday night.
Senior Marquise Johnson scored 11, and Te'Rae Johnson and Quincy Sanders each had 10.
With the win, Vista Peak advances to the second round of its own Bison Bash tournament.