DENVER - Ibrahim Sylla put on a show for those in attendance at the Denver Coliseum Saturday night, as Denver South knocked off their bitter rival Thomas Jefferson in a 54-52 thriller.
By the end of the first quarter, Sylla had already delivered two big plays, one of which caused a ten minute delay after he moved the hoop on a powerful one handed jam.
South was in control for almost the entire game, but Thomas Jefferson always kept it within striking distance and with under a minute remaining tied the game when Josh McNair drove to the basket off an inbound play and scored to make it 52-52.
It looked as if Thomas Jefferson would go on to take the lead a possession later, but Sylla came up with one of the biggest plays of the game when he stripped Treyvon Andres on the way to the basket and passed it to Charlie Botnick streaking down the court to lay in what would be the game winner.
With 11 seconds still remaining, the Spartans had one last attempt to send the game to overtime, but South produced a big defensive stand to secure the win and their trip to the Final Four, something they haven't done in 44 years.
Sylla finished the night with 20 points and added 13 rebounds.
Denver South will play Cheyenne Mountain in Boulder Friday night for a chance to advance to the state title game.