BROOMFIELD -- The Fairview boys aren't ranked among the state's top 10 basketball teams in Class 5A. They didn't even receive any votes in the last Denver Post coaches poll.

But if they play like they have lately, it shouldn't be long now.

With Tuesday night's 70-36 rout of host Legacy, the Knights won their sixth straight game and their 19th consecutive Front Range League contest, a streak dating back almost two years.

"I feel like that's just part of our legacy," said junior Gabe Tierney, who led the Knights with 15 points. "We're trying to keep that up. If we do that, that's an accomplishment."

As for not being ranked -- or getting any votes in the polls -- Tierney said, "As a team we kind of like that. We kind of like being the underdogs. We like coming from the bottom and working our way up. It happened last year (when FHS went 23-2). And it gives us more motivation to win games."

Fairview now owns an 8-2 record, with the two losses coming by a combined three points. And the Knights are 3-0 in the Front Range, bringing their all-time record in FRL play to 49-8. They've won the league title three times in four tries, going undefeated against Front Range opponents each of those three championship seasons.

The league win streak "doesn't enter into our thought process at all," coach Frank Lee said. "We try to come to play every night. I think in the long run that helps us."


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Legacy (5-6 and 1-3 in league action) hadn't lost consecutive games this season until Tuesday, but it was outmatched by the Knights.

Lee played his reserves big minutes Tuesday, but when FHS' top players were in the game, they were relentless.

Four minutes into the contest, the Knights led 16-2. By late in the half, it was 44-12. Fairview was forcing turnovers and making Legacy pay for nearly every miscue by scoring in transition.

"They just played so much harder than us from the get-go," Legacy coach Gunnar Johnson said. "They played at a different pace and we couldn't match it. I thought this was a big game for us, so I wasn't expecting that to happen."

By midway through the third period, Legacy had turned the ball over 22 times en route to 26 for the game. The Lightning shot just 26 percent from the field overall.

"The whole night I thought we defended really well," Lee said. "They didn't shoot the ball really well and hopefully we had something to do with that."

Legacy, playing its first home game since Dec. 7, was held to its season low for points. Senior Mitchell McCall scored 15 points, but no one else tallied more than six for the Lightning.

As for Fairview, with Trevor McQueeney (11 points) joining Tierney in double figures, a dozen Knights ended up scoring on Tuesday.

"I wish we could carry over some of those points to Friday," Lee said.

Indeed, next up for Fairview is a challenging weekend. The Knights play at Monarch -- another team undefeated in league action -- on Friday, then face another Boulder County rival, Boulder, on Saturday at the Events Center.

Austin Sparks, a 6-7 senior transfer from Valor Christian, can make his FHS debut on Saturday after being forced to sit out half the season.

Meanwhile, Legacy will return to action Friday at Mountain Range.

Fairview 70, Legacy 36

At Legacy HS

FAIRVIEW (8-2, 3-0)

Wrapp 2 0-0 4, Tierney 6 2-2 15, McQueeney 4 1-2 11, Lane 3 1-2 7, MacKenzie 3 1-2 7, Martin 4 0-0 8, Pilkington 2 0-0 6, Schneider 1 0-0 2, Hopkins 1 0-0 2, Balter 0 1-2 1, Twist 0 0-0 0, Waters 0 2-2 2, Rachubinski 1 3-3 5. Totals 27 11-15 70.

LEGACY (5-6, 1-3)

Ball 1 0-0 2, Hebel 0 0-0 0, Baum 0 0-0 0, McCall 6 2-3 15, Royer 2 2-2 6, Jacobsen 1 3-4 5, Johnson 1 2-2 4, Gibson 1 0-0 3, Mengist 0 0-0 0, Jensen 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 1-2 1. Totals 12 10-13 36.

Score by quarters:

Fairview 23 21 16 10 -- 70

Legacy 10 8 11 7 -- 36

3-point field goals -- Fairview (5): McQueeney 2, Pilkington 2, Tierney; Legacy (2): Gibson, McCall. Total fouls -- Fairview 13, Legacy 10. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.