BROOMFIELD -- Excitement, pride, a touch of schadenfreude -- rivalry games elicit a spectrum of emotions. For one player Tuesday night, one of Broomfield's most heated rivalries stirred much different emotions.
Alec McLain could not deny facing Legacy had him fighting a belly full of butterflies. It was only a year ago he was the Lightning's standout forward, before a family move took him to the other side of Broomfield.
Counting down the days when he faced his former teammates, he said, was torture. But no matter how close his ties with Legacy, the long and athletic forward pulled no punches when he stepped on the court. With his most dominant showing of the season, McLain led Broomfield to a 73-41 rout of the
"I been thinking about the game all year," he said. "But once I got that first basket it was just a regular basketball game."
McLain recorded his third double-digit showing of the year for Broomfield (2-1), finishing with a season-high 18 points. And while the swingman found a seam to the post here and there in the Legacy defense, it was the his shooting that shorted out the Lighting (2-2). The junior finished 4 of 6 behind the arc to help Broomfield to seven 3-pointers on the night.
"He's a very talented offensive player," Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn said. "He does a lot of things for us. We can be hard to guard with him, Danny (Perse), Evan (Kihn) and Spenser (Reeb) all on the court."
Even with McLain hitting on all cylinders, Broomfield had its hands full to start with Legacy. Legacy weathered an early storm by the Eagles, rallying back to within striking distance at halftime after falling behind by double digits.
The Lightning drew the game within 7 points by intermission, going on a 7-0 run to finish the second. The team got key buckets from leading scorer Jacob Royer in the run. But Legacy coach Gunner Johnson credited much of his team's early scrappiness to its defense.
"We bought into what we need to do as a team," Johnson said. "To hold Broomfield, which is an explosive team, to 27 in the first half is big. If we would have held them to around 50 points for the game I like our chances."
Broomfield swung the game squarely in its corner minutes out of intermission. The Eagles capitalized off two Legacy turnovers to start the second half on a 9-0 run. Perse and Reeb collected all the buckets, with Reeb lighting the fuse on the scoring streak with a 3-pointer in the first 15-seconds of play.
"We were able to get some easy buckets and open up the lead a little bit," Dunn said.
The win comes at the right time for the Eagles. The team just dropped its first game of the year, losing Saturday at
"This was a was a big confidence builder," Reeb said. "Getting a big win is going to help us when we go down there."
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Broomfield 73, Legacy 41
At Broomfield HS
Ball 1 3-6 5, Hebel 3 1-2 7, Jacobsen 1 1-2 3, Gibson 1 1-2 3, Baum 0 2-2 2, Mengist 1 0-0 2, Jensen 0 2-2 2, McCall 3 1-2 8, Salazar 0 0-1 0, Royer 3 3-6 9, Johnston 0 0-2 0. Totals 10 14-27 41.
Jukkala 0 1-2 1, Macrae 1 0-0 2, Perse 7 0-0 14, Reeb 4 5-6 14, Ericson 2 0-0 5, Kihn 4 4-5 13, Morris 1 0-0 2, McLain 7 0-2 18, Wristen 1 0-0 2, Dupre 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 10-15 73.
Score by quarters:
Legacy 12 8 8 13 -- 41
Broomfield 14 13 22 24 -- 73
3-point field goals -- Legacy (1): McCall; Broomfield (7): Reeb, Ericson, Kihn, McLain 4. Total fouls -- Legacy 19, Broomfield 18. Fouled out --none. Technical fouls -- none.