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BROOMFIELD 71, THOMPSON VALLEY 40
Thompson Valley (40)
Baisley 2 0-1 4, Pomerleau 3 0-0 8, Shook 0 1-2 1, Garcia 1 0-1 2, Olivas 3 0-0 8, Rohrbouck 1 0-0 3, Buschjost 2 1-2 5, Smith 1 0-0 2, Dyer 2 3-4 7. Total 15 5-10 71.
Broomfield (71)
Perse 5 0-0 10, Ongarato 6 1-2 17, Roylance 1 0-0 2, Wood 5 1-2 12, Reeb 5 0-0 13, Kihn 1 3-5 5, Jones 0 1-2 1, Little 3 0-0 7, Dupre 2 0-0 4. Total 28 6-11 71.
Score by quarters:
Thompson Valley 7 9 11 13 – 40
Broomfield 17 19 23 12 – 71
3-point field goals – Thompson Valley (5): Pomerleau, Olivas, Rohrbouck; Broomfield (9): Ongarato 4, Wood, Reeb 3, Little. Total fouls – Thompson Valley 12; Broomfield 16. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.
BROOMFIELD – Broomfield boys' basketball's shooting set the tone Thursday night, but its defense sealed the deal. The third-ranked Eagles did a number on Thompson Valley in their 71-40 win, dousing what had been one of Class 4A's hottest offenses.

 

The Loveland squad had four players averaging in double digits heading into both teams' Northern League opener. But at points against the Eagles, Thompson Valley's usually volatile offense moved at a snail's pace.

"Defense was definitely our strong suit tonight," said Broomfield point guard Austin Wood, who collected five of his team's 11 steals.

The Eagles (5-1, 1-0) bagged the game in the second, when they forced Thompson Valley (5-1, 0-1) into a nearly 5-minute scoring drought. Broomfield forced five turnovers in the stretch, helping to fuel the team's own scoring streak. The Eagles took a commanding lead in the period, going on an 11-0 run to build a 20-point margin going into half.

"They have had a great start and scored a ton of points," Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn said. "We had to make sure we stepped it up tonight and sent a little message."

Playing the rock-solid defense also has future implications in Dunn's mind.

"I think 10 or 11 of the last 12 Final Four teams have held teams to less then 50 points," the coach said. "So, that is always a goal for us."

Broomfield's offense was .500 from the field and pushed four players into double digits. Dan Perse (10 points), Austin Wood (12), Spencer Reeb (13) and Nick Ongarato (17) struck from every corner of the court.

But it was Ongarato and Reeb who left Thompson Valley reeling.

The pair hit seven of their team's nine 3-pointers, with Ongarato finishing with four and Reeb three. And they highlighted Broomfield's biggest period scoring, each hitting a pair of threes in their team's 23-point third. The showing gives Ongarato eight threes in just the past two outings.

"I came out of football a little rusty," the senior said. "But once I got my balance back, they started falling."

Thompson Valley not only suffered the blow of all of its scorers being held to single digits, but also took a hit in personnel. Austin Dyer went down in the fourth period, from what Thompson Valley coach Josh Robinson said what looked like a dislocated knee cap.

As far as the rest of the game, Robinson believed a lot had to do with intensity."They came out with more," the coach said. "And we didn't match it."