BOULDER -- The Fairview boys basketball team turned in undefeated runs through Front Range League play in each of its first two seasons in the conference.
After a swoon a year ago, the experienced Knights appear primed for another perfect FRL finish.
Using one of their trademark third-quarter bursts, the Knights rolled to a convincing 85-62 win over Fossil Ridge in a battle of conference co-leaders.
Four different Knights scored in double figures to boost sixth-ranked FHS to its 17th win in a row since a season-opening loss to No. 7 ThunderRidge.
Fairview (17-1) improved to 11-0 in league play, while Fossil Ridge (16-2, 10-1) saw its own 15-game win streak snapped. The victory puts the Knights in firm control of the conference race with five games left -- all of which are against foes they've already beaten.
"I think if we stay focused we should," FHS senior guard Shane O'Neill said of running the table in league play. "I think the whole team, this will boost our morale a lot. We felt like we hadn't gotten a signature win yet. But this is definitely a signature win I think."
After a close first half that saw the teams trade the lead twice in the second quarter, Fairview extended a 34-26 halftime advantage to a 60-38 edge near the end of the third frame thanks to hot shooting and pressure defense.
The Knights' biggest lead of the evening, 81-52, came after FHS coach Frank Lee had cleared his bench with 2:42 to play on a Joe Thompson layup.
Ten players got in on the scoring act for FHS.
Point guard Brent Wrapp led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds. Jonah Crespi poured in 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Holden Killeen scored 16 points, including the layup that made it 60-38 on a dish from post player Gibson Farone-Collins.
And FHS got 14 points and 12 rebounds from O'Neill, who will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday to play soccer for ACC power Virginia.
"That's just kind of how it works out," Killeen said. "We just always come out really hot in the third, and I think we just really worked hard tonight. I think we just shared the ball really well. We're not selfish at all with the ball. We play as a team."
Fossil Ridge entered the night sporting plenty of firepower of its own despite losing last year's star, Chris Hansen, to graduation.
Cody McCoy came in scoring 17.1 points per game to lead three SaberCats with double-digit averages. But, guarded by O'Neill, McCoy went scoreless in the first and fourth quarters and finished with just 10 points.
McCoy first got on the board with a pair of 3s that helped give Fossil a 23-19 lead midway though the second quarter. But FHS answered with an 11-0 run and never looked back.
Alex Semadeni led FRHS -- which also saw four players register double figures -- with 20 points.
"They went lights out there in the second half," McCoy said. "We weren't expecting that."
The Knights close the regular season with games against their five FRL South Division foes, starting with a 6:30 p.m. game at Legacy on Thursday.
"We play them one at a time, and right now we're in better shape than when we came in," Lee said. "It was a great team win."
Fairview 85, Fossil Ridge 62
At Fairview HS
FOSSIL RIDGE (16-2, 10-1)
Brashear 0 1-2 1, McCoy 4 0-0 10, Engel 1 1-1 3, Smith 4 0-0 12, Bodnar 1 0-0 2, Semadeni 7 6-7 20, Bissell 1 0-0 2, Peter 4 1-2 10, Bryant 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 9-12 62.
FAIRVIEW (17-1, 11-0)
Wrapp 7 5-5 19, Killeen 7 2-4 16, McQueeney 0 0-0 0, Pykkonen 1 0-0 2, Arehart 1 0-0 3, Lorentzen 3 0-0 6, O'Neill 6 0-0 14, Tierney 0 0-0 0, Crespi 7 0-0 17, Busatta 0 0-0 0, Pronk 0 2-2 2, Farone-Collins 2 0-1 4, Thompson 1 0-0 2. Totals 35 9-12 85.
Score b y quarters:
Fossil Ridge 11 15 15 21 -- 62
Fairview 16 18 28 23 -- 85
3-point field goals -- Fossil Ridge (7): Smith 4, McCoy 2, Peter; Fairview (5): Crespi, O'Neill, Arehart. Total fouls -- Fossil Ridge 12, Fairview 14. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- None.