LONGMONT -- Despite a solid start to the season that has seen the Broomfield boys basketball team go toe-to-toe with some of the top programs in the state, Eagles coach Terrence Dunn has expressed some frustration with his club's inability to properly close out quarters.

The Eagles more than made their coach proud on Friday, as Broomfield never looked back after putting together a dominant run at the end of the first half at Silver Creek, eventually cruising to a 54-38 victory in a Northern League showdown.

"We've been really focused on finishing out quarters," Broomfield senior Spenser Reeb said. "We haven't been that good at finishing out games, or quarters for that matter. We just focused really on finishing. We came out and got fast breaks and scored.

"We also had to come out strong after halftime. We haven't been good at that either, but we were in this game."

Silver Creek appeared as if it was up for the potential upset bid when Raptors junior Ben Sjobakken knocked down a 3-pointer with 3 minutes remaining in the first half, a shot that pulled Silver Creek into a 14-14 tie.

Yet that proved to be the final highlight of the night for the Raptors. Broomfield closed the half with a 10-0 run, a burst highlighted by 3-pointers from Parker Ericson and Evan Kihn, to take a 24-14 lead into the break.


After Silver Creek's Trey Fleming connected on a lone free throw early in the third quarter, Broomfield promptly reeled off yet another 10-0 run that was capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Alec McLain. By the time Silver Creek's Luke Goforth hit a short jumper with 40 seconds remaining in the third, the Raptors had gone 10:20 without a field goal while watching Broomfield build a lead that eventually reached 25 points.

Broomfield (7-3, 2-0 Northern League) forced 20 turnovers during the second and third quarters while putting the game out of reach.

"We haven't been real happy with our defense," Dunn said. "We talked about defensive intensity for four quarters tonight. That was our goal. We talked about winning each of the quarters.

"We take a lot of pride in our defense, and we know if we're going to win basketball games we have to play good defense. We also know good defense is going to turn into some good shots on offense."

While Broomfield fell just short of its goal of winning all four quarters, getting outscored 17-16 in the fourth hardly mattered after taking a 38-21 lead into the final frame.

Reeb led a typically balanced Broomfield effort with a season-high 21 points. Reeb put together a 9-for-14 effort from the floor that included a torrid 8-for-9 mark on traditional two-point attempts. Kihn and McLain each contributed 10 points for the Eagles.

Silver Creek (6-3, 1-1) endured a rough shooting night, posting a 2-for-11 mark from 3-point range that included a meaningless Zane Lindsey 3-pointer at the final buzzer. Fleming led the Raptors with eight points.

"I think (Broomfield) really caught their moxie," Silver Creek coach Bob Banning said. "It seemed like we were spinning their wheels, but then they upped their defensive intensity and we couldn't answer."

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Broomfield 54, Silver Creek 38

At Silver Creek HS

BROOMFIELD (7-3, 2-0)

McLain 4 0-2 10, Macrae 1 0-3 2, Perse 3 0-1 6, Reeb 9 2-2 21, Kihn 3 3-5 10, Jukkala 0 0-2 0, Ericson 1 0-0 3, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Wristen 0 0-0 0, Morris 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 5-13 54.

SILVER CREEK (6-3, 1-1)

Lindsey 2 2-4 7, Fleming 2 4-5 8, Johnson 2 2-4 6, Machmuller 1 2-4 4, Goforth 3 1-2 7, White 0 2-2 2, Wright 0 1-5 1, Tarin 0 0-0 0, Grine 0 0-0 0, Sjobakken 1 0-0 3. Totals 11 14-26 38.

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 11 13 14 16 -- 54

Silver Creek 6 8 7 17 -- 38

3-point field goals -- Broomfield (5): McLain 2, Reeb, Kihn, Ericson; Silver Creek (2): Sjobakken, Lindsey. Total fouls -- Broomfield 22, Silver Creek 16.