BROOMFIELD -- Eagles senior guard Evan Kihn was more than wowed with his team's tempo in the opening 16 minutes of play in a packed house at Holy Family. The Class 4A program's early run was a huge part in the team capturing a 60-48 win over the second-ranked Tigers.
But Kihn was also dismayed with the way his team finished. Even though the Eagles never allowed Holy Family to get closer than a four-possession ball game, they did slip enough to spark a Tigers rally.
"That was honestly the best first half of basketball we've played all year," said Kihn, who led Broomfield's scoring with 16 points. "But it was a tale of two halves. They came back fought, scrapped and we looked awful."
Broomfield (4-3) took control of the game in the second period, outscoring Holy Family (5-1) 23-5 in the period. Spencer Reeb got the Eagles' defense going in the quarter with three steal, while Kihn cashed in six of his nine first-half points in the period. The stretch also put three Broomfield players on track to record double digits on the night, with Reeb finishing with 10 points and Dan Perse 13.
"We were running a lot in the first half, which is what we're best at," Reeb said. "We didn't do that in the second and turned the ball over too much. That's what got us."
The Tigers fought to extend their undefeated streak to six games off a strong half-court pressure game. The team stepping it up on defense, along with some Holy Family players hitting some key shots, had the team within striking distance late.
Some of the biggest plays on offense came from David Sommers. After opening the game with seven points, the junior was silent until he sparked his team's offense with a 3-pointer in the third. With some help from Ryan Willis and Devlin Granberg, the Tigers rallied within 10 points.
"It said a lot about us coming back," said Sommers, who led all scorers with 17 points. "We didn't have anything to lose at that point, we were already down."
The loss was a blow for the Tigers, given the team is off to its best start under the third year of coach Pete Villecco. But the Tigers were not hanging their heads.
"There a lot to take from this game," Sommers said. "It's going to make us 10-times better."
Broomfield, which has had endured peaks and valleys to start the year, believes the win was a good finish to the start of the season. But Kihn, believes his team will have to dig deep once out of break.
"We've got to find ways to be focused for the entire time we're playing," he said.
No matter the outcome of the most recent game, both teams' players agreed the series has gained significance.
"They played their hearts out," Kihn said.
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Broomfield 60, Holy Family 48
At Holy Family HS BROOMFIELD (4-3)
Jukkala 2 1-2 5, Macrae 1 0-0 2, Perse 6 1-3 13, Reeb 5 0-2 10, Ericson 2 0-0 4, Morris 4 6-6 16, Wristen 3 2-3 8, Hull 1 0-2 4. Totals 24 10-18 60.
HOLY FAMILY (5-1)
Sprenger 3 0-0 6, Atencio 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 0-0 2, Granberg 3 1-3 7, Sommers 5 4-4 17, Willis 5 2-2 14. Totals 18 7-9 48.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 14 23 10 13 -- 60
Holy Family 9 5 15 19 -- 48
3-point field goals -- Broomfield (2): Kihn 2; Holy Family (6): Sommers 3, Willis. Total fouls -- Broomfield 18, Holy Family 15. Fouled out -- Sommers. Technical fouls -- Kreutazer.