BROOMFIELD -- With a league title in the balance, Tuesday night marked a game worth hitting the floor for, and Tarren Macrae did so with gusto.

The scrappy senior showed no concern for his body in helping Class 4A eighth-ranked Broomfield to a 50-47 win over Thompson Valley. But with how close a shave it was the last time the teams met fresh in the guard's mind, he had no problem hitting the deck.

And it was worth it. Not only did Macrae get brag to his teammates about his hard-fought steal with his team clinging to a 48-47 lead, but also about icing the game with a few seconds left by nailing two free throws.

"I just saw the ball go loose and I knew I had dive on it," he said.

Knocking off Thompson Valley (13-7, 8-3) a second time goes a long way toward Broomfield (16-4, 10-1) sealing up a Northern League title. The Eagles would have to bottom out, losing their next three games to hand the top of the conference to Thompson Valley.

But the win had more implications to the Eagles than just clinching another title and top seeding in the tournament. After losing for the first time in 14 game Friday, the team was looking for an inflection point and had to create one against a tough opponent.

"It was a big night for us in a lot of ways," Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn said. "We had to be pretty gutsy tonight, especially with (Alec) McLain out."


The junior swingman -- suited up, but on the bench all night with a tweaked ankle -- left a hole in the Eagles frontcourt. The injury had the potential to cause trouble for the Eagles, given Thompson Valley's sizable front line.

"We had a pretty strong defensive effort," Dunn said. "Holding them to 47 was pretty tough."

Collin Smith presented the most sizable mismatches of the game, but the Eagles hobbled the forward when it mattered most. The junior finished the night with 19 points, but scored only two in the final 8 minutes of play.

Broomfield’s Spenser Reeb, rear, shoots over Thompson Valley’s Austin Dyer during the Eagles’ key league victory on Tuesday night.
Broomfield's Spenser Reeb, rear, shoots over Thompson Valley's Austin Dyer during the Eagles' key league victory on Tuesday night. ( JEREMY PAPASSO )

Even without Smith finding the post, Thompson Valley finished hard. The team capitalized off three Broomfield turnovers in the fourth to chip down the Eagles' lead from nine to one. But Broomfield was able to survive the late surge due to the way the team started the game.

The Eagles came out on fire in the first, putting Thompson Valley on its heels with a 13-4 opening period.

"It was a big first period," Evan Kihn said. "But something else we can take from for the future is to not let up and to step on their throat when we're up."

The quarter also laid the groundwork for impressive nights for the guard and Spenser Reeb. Reeb found the inside track early, collecting 11 of his 19 points in the opening half. And with a solid three opening periods, Kihn recorded his third 21-point game of the season.

Even with a big obstacle behind them, the Eagles are still wary about the road they have to travel to finish the regular season.

"We still have three games and have to push through them," Kihn said. "Nothing is going to be handed to us."

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Broomfield 50, Thompson Valley 47

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Rohrbouck 5 0-0 13, Garcia 2 0-0 4, Shaw 3 0-0 7, Smith 8 2-4 19, Dyer 2 0-0 4. Total 20 2-4 47.

BROOMFIELD (16-4, 10-1)

Jukkala 2 0-0 4, Macrae 1 2-2 4, Perse 1 0-0 2, Reeb 9 0-0 19, Kihn 7 5-7 21. Totals F20 7-9 50.

Score by quarters:

Thompson Valley 4 16 11 16 -- 47

Broomfield 13 11 15 11 -- 50

3-point field goals -- Thompson Valley (3): Rohrbouck2, Smith; Broomfield (3): Reeb, Kihn 2. Total fouls -- Thompson Valley 9; Broomfield 11. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.