BOULDER -- Away from the basketball court, Brent Wrapp is soft-spoken and laid-back. On the hardwood, the Fairview senior takes on a much different, wilder demeanor.
The guard's edgy game Friday helped the Knights earn their most weighty win of the early season. Behind one of the biggest offensive showings of his career, Wrapp led his team to a 59-57 win over Class 4A's sixth-ranked Broomfield.
In the process of slashing and shooting his way over the Eagles, Wrapp also did something else -- maintained the Knights' recent dominance of the Fairview Festival.
"It was a big win for us," Wrapp said. "Broomfield's one of our rivals, I guess, so it's a big night."
Wrapp collected nearly half of Fairview's points, finishing with 23 on the night to help his team to its fourth Fairview Fest title in the past five years. But it took a half before the senior heated up against Broomfield. The guard scored 13 points in his team's resilient second half. But he took little credit for the comeback himself.
Instead, Wrapp pointed to his team's defense as the catalyst to the win, with the Knights' ability to pressure the ball leading to 14 Broomfield turnovers.
"Our defense fuels our offense, we always try to say that," he said. "It did tonight and I think throughout the tournament."
To Wrapp, the devastating effect of Fairview's defense was most evident when his team took its first and final lead in the fourth. In the blink of an eye, the Knights went up when Sam Martin turned two turnovers into a 6-0 run.
Heartening as the finish was, it was light-years away from how the Knights started the night. The team had to orchestrate a comeback from a 10-point deficit in the opening period.
"The first quarter was a pretty quarter and we played well on both sides of the ball," Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn said.
The Eagles took control of the game almost immediately, going on an 8-0 run in the first 2 minutes of play. Then the team took a 20-10 lead out of the first fueled by sharp shooting from the perimeter. Guard Evan Kihn hit three 3-pointers in the period and swingman Alec McLain hit one. But the early momentum was cut short once Fairview got into the defensive groove.
"We talked about how we didn't want to turn over the ball and how that would kill us," Dunn said. "We did that for one period, but not the other three."
The loss was a blow to the Eagles, who were back in the Fairview Festival championship for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.
"It's probably one of the worst losses of my varsity career," said Kihn, who finished with a team high 18 points.
The tournament last season was a launching point for Fairview's 23-game winning streak and Frank Lee was heartened by his team's most recent title. But the Knights coach also believes his team has a ways to go.
"It was a good test, but we still have a ton of work to do," he said.
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FAIRVIEW 59, BROOMFIELD 57
At Fairview HS
Jukkala 0 0-1 1, Macrae 2 1-2 7, Perse 1 2-4, Reeb 2 2-5 6, Kihn 5 7-11 18, McLain 4 1-3 11, Hull 2 0-0 4, Dupre 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 14-24 57.
Wrapp 5 13-20 23, Tierney 1 1-2 3, McQueeney 1 2-2 5, Martin 5 0-2 10, Pilkington 2 0-0 6, Mackenzie 5 1-3 11, Lane 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 18-32 59.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 20 11 13 13 -- 57
Fairview 10 17 16 16 -- 59
3-point field goals -- Broomfield (7): Kihn 3, Macrae 2, McLain 2; Fairview (2): McQueeney, Pilkington. Total fouls -- Broomfield 22, Fairview 20. Fouled out -- Kihn. Technical fouls -- None.