LOVELAND -- The last time Broomfield and Mountain View boys basketball met, the Eagles came out with a win. But it was not one to crow about.
A slow start out of halftime on Jan. 8 had the eighth-ranked Eagles scrapping by for a win Spenser Reeb felt was too close for comfort. In turn, the swingman said the Eagles were hunting for one thing when they entered the Lions' Den Thursday night -- redemption.
Broomfield more than earned it.
The Eagles began the second half of their conference schedule off with a bang, downing the Mountain Lions 86-53. And while it still has its work cut out, Reeb believes his team's intensity in the victory put it on a good path to closing out the season.
"We just have to keep playing the way we've been playing and we're going to get it done," said the senior, who finished the night with a team-high 18 points.
Taking Mountain View (2-15, 2-6) to task kept Broomfield's (13-3, 8-0) undefeated streak through January and conference play intact, and planted a milestone for Terrence Dunn. The win was the coach's 100th in his five years at the helm of the Eagles.
While the coach made little fuss over his run with the team -- which included a trip to the 2012 Class 4A Final Four -- his players were pleased to have been part of his success.
"It feels great," Reeb said. "He's a great coach."
If things continue the way they have been going, Broomfield could enjoy quite a few more high points this season. Presently, the team is making a strong case for a second-straight conference title, if it can make it through the next seven games unscathed.
Thompson Valley, which has one loss, is Broomfield's closest competition. And from Dunn's perspective, a close scrape with TVHS two games ago provided the Eagles with a wake-up call.
"I think sneaking out a win in that game, we regained some confidence," the coach said. "We started to feel like we were a good team again and that we could do some things."
The energy the Eagles built against Thompson Valley was evident to Dunn immediately at Mountain View. His team opened the game with 20 points in the first quarter and never looked back. And it finished the night with 11 players scoring, four in double digits.
"It was a good team win, a lot of guys came in and contributed," Dunn said. "I like the way we caught the ball, everybody wanted to be a threat, but at the same time we weren't in a hurry."
Impressive as the 33-point win was, it is not the Eagles' scoring that Reeb believes is key for the remainder of the season. From the senior's standpoint, if his team can limit its opponents' scoring they could be well on the way to knocking down a conference title.
"It really just comes down to playing defense for the rest of the year," he said. "We do that and I think we're going to do fine."
Broomfield 86, Mountain View 53
At Mountain View HS
BROOMFIELD (13-3, 8-0)
Jukkala 4 0-3 8, Wilson 1 2-4 5, Macrae 2 0-0 6, Ericson 2 0-0 5, Dupre 1 0-0 2, Wristen 1 0-0 2, Perse 7 0-0 14, Reeb 7 4-8 18, Kihn 4 4-7 11, McLain 4 1-2 10, Hull 1 0-0 3. Total 30 11-24 86.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (2-15, 2-6)
Kunisch 4 1-3 9, Kress 0 0-2 0, Porterfield 2 3-5 8, Fisher 0 1-2 1, Jason 2 0-2 5, Patton 1 0-0 3, Klug 2 1-2 5, Sandin 6 0-2 14, Orrantia 3 0-0 6, Landry 0 2-2 2. Total 20 8-20 53.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 20 25 16 25 -- 86
Mountain View 14 12 14 15 -- 53
3-point field goals -- Broomfield (6): Wilson, Ericson, Macrae 2, Kihn, McLain; Mountain View (5): Porterfield, Jason, Patton, Sandin 2. Total fouls -- Broomfield 14; Mountain View 18. Fouled out -- Klug. Technical fouls -- Kihn.