BOULDER -- When it comes to Fairview boys basketball in recent years, the name of the Knights' game has been defense. But in the first game back from break Tuesday night, the team demonstrated it has more than one arrow in its quiver.
With sharp shooting out of the gates, the Knights opened up Front Range League play with a convincing 61-38 win over Mountain Range. And while the team was thrilled with the results of its abundant offense, the Fairview players were also at a loss to explain from whence it came.
"We haven't been really good at shooting this year, especially me," Fairview's Trevor McQueeney said. "But something snapped for us tonight."
The guard was in the middle of the Knights' early fireworks, setting Mountain Range (4-4, 0-1) on its heels with a 24-point opening quarter. Fairview (6-2, 1-0) hit five of its seven 3-pointers in the opening period, two coming off the finger tips of McQueeney. And the senior's first sparked what turned out to be the game-swinging series.
The guard popped from the top of the arc at the 4-minute mark to kick off a 19-5 run on Mountain Range. Just moments before, the Mustangs had built a five-point lead and appeared ready to go the distance with their hosts.
"Our shooting was great, this game built a lot of confidence for us," said McQueeney, one of three Knights to break into double digits.
The Mustangs' main threat was Jacob Taylor with the swingman setting an ominous tone to start. The 6-foot, 6-inch senior had Mountain Range looking dangerous in the opening minutes of play, nailing a pair of 3-pointers in the first minute. But once Fairview's defense got into the swing of things it tamed the Mustangs. The team kept all but Taylor out of double digits and held Mountain Range to single-digit scoring in the second and fourth periods.
"They hit some big shots early, but I thought we responded well," Fairview coach Frank Lee said. "We closed and defended the perimeter better and we shot the ball well. When you shoot the ball well it covers up a lot of sins."
Execution might have stolen the spotlight on the court, but in the post-game talk the Knights were concerned with another aspect of the win -- momentum.
"This was a big game, it set the tempo," McQueeney said. "We lose this and we're going into the rest of conference with our heads down."
This is not the first time in recent years Fairview has built a head of steam out of break. Last season, the team used its conference opener to run undefeated to the Class 5A state Sweet 16. While Lee was pleased with the win, he was also cautious about what it means with plenty of season still remaining.
"It's always good to put one in the left hand column," he said. "But we know it going to be difficult as we get further into the season."
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Fairview 61, Mountiain Range 38
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MOUNTAIN RANGE (4-4, 0-1)
Quartino 1 0-0 2, Egan 0 0-2 0, Beach 1 3-3 5, Tanner 1 0-0 2, Waufle 2 0-0 4, Badsky 2 2-4 6, Taylor 4 0-2 12, Rowland 1 4-4 7. Totals 12 9-15 38.
FAIRVIEW (6-2, 1-0)
Wrapp 5 8-13 18, Tierney 3 3-4 12, McQueeney 3 3-4 12, Martin 2 0-0 4, Pilkington 2 0-0 6, Hopkins 1 0-0 2, Twist 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie 1 1-2 3, Rachubinski 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 13-21 61.
Score by quarters:
Mountain Range 15 6 10 7 -- 38
Fairview 24 10 13 14 -- 61
3-point field goals -- Mountain Range (3): Taylor 2, Rowland; Fairview (7): Wrapp, Tierney, McQueeney 3, Pilkington 2. Total fouls -- Mountain Range 17, Fairview 16. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.