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Evangelical Christian Academy was within striking distance, entering the fourth quarter down by just six points. But No. 4 Haxtun eventually won 59-49 on Thursday after ultimately pulling away with a 15-11 fourth quarter to advance to the Class A boys’ basketball semifinals at CSU-Pueblo.

It was the first time No. 5 ECA (19-4) reached the state quarterfinals since 2007. That year, the Eagles won the 2A crown.

On Thursday, ECA stayed in the game — thanks in part to a 12-7 third quarter that cut the Haxtun (17-7) lead to six points.

Braydon Hekkers led ECA with 14 points, and Sam Mote added 13.

The Eagles dropped to the consolation bracket, and they will face No. 8 Prairie at 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Chhun Sun is a sports reporter with an emphasis in preps. He joined The Gazette in April 2015 and covered public safety for three years before joining @gazettepreps staff. The Thailand-born Cambodian-American has been in journalism for nearly two decades.

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