BROOMFIELD - With time running down in the first half, Fairview's Frank Ryder received a pass directly in front of the Broomfield student section, which was issuing the fake countdown chant.
The Knights' 6-foot-10 center wasn't fooled, but proceeded as if he truly had only two seconds to make something happen.
And make something happen he did. His spectacular two-handed dunk over two Eagles sent visiting Fairview frolicking to the locker room and was the signature moment of the Knights' 65-50 upset Friday night.
"When we were going back to the locker room, everyone was just going crazy," said Ryder, who rated the dunk the second-best of his high school career. "It kind of brought everyone together. It built some momentum for the second half for guys like Chris (Weatherly) to hit some big shots."
Weatherly obliged by scoring all 14 of Fairview's points in the third quarter and he ended the Class 5A Front Range League contest with a game-best 29. This output was far more enjoyable than the 30 he scored against the Eagles in December, because that performance came in a 26-point loss.
Fairview (7-7, 3-1) was able to turn the tables this time by darting to an early lead and never allowing Broomfield (11-3, 4-1) to make a sustained run.
"We've had some teams down with about six minutes left and haven't been comfortable out there," Fairview coach Patrick Burke said. "Tonight we played with confidence and we were comfortable. We stuck with it."
The San Diego-bound Ryder finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, which snapped a streak of seven straight 20-point performances (he averaged 26.6 in that span). But that hardly mattered after the key road win, particularly with Weatherly producing points at such a rapid pace.
Weatherly drilled five 3-pointers, including four in his lights-out binge in the third quarter.
"By far this has been the best one," Weatherly said of being in the zone. "When I make the shots it's fun, but when I don't I try to stay in the game by playing hard defense and doing all the little things."
Broomfield, which entered the night as one of only two teams unbeaten in league play, had a four-game winning streak snapped. Sam Foster's 12 points paced three players in double figures, but the Eagles never put together a solid burst after falling behind early.
"I think Fairview came to play tonight and we didn't," said Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn, who lauded the play of Ryder and Weatherly. "A lot of little bad habits that we've had bit us in the butt tonight. That's the gist of it."
The Eagles will have little time to wallow in this one, as they'll turn around and play a crosstown-rivalry game against Holy Family on Saturday.
Fairview 65, Broomfield 50
FAIRVIEW (7-7, 3-1)
Heisner 1 0-0 2, Carson 1 0-0 3, Weatherly 9 6-8 29, Mooz 2 4-4 9, Ryder 8 1-2 17, Khadem 1 2-2 5, Kaufman 0 0-0 0, Pykkonen 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-16 65.
BROOMFIELD (11-3, 3-1)
Briggs 2 2-2 6, Foster 3 4-6 12, Rynearson 2 1-2 5, Lehnerz 4 0-0 10, Burgesser 4 0-0 10, Croell 1 0-0 2, Wristen 0 0-0 0, Volk 0 0-0 0, Georgiton 1 0-0 2, Keeler 0 1-2 1, Garner 0 0-0 0, Martinez 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 8-12 50.
Score by quarters:Fairview 18 20 14 13 — 65
3-point field goals — Fairview (8): Weatherly 5, Carson, Mooz, Khadem; Broomfield (6): Foster 2, Lehnerz 2, Burgesser 2. Total fouls — Fairview 17, Broomfield 16. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — Rynearson.
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