Broomfield’s Sam Foster drives to the hoop during Thursday’s game against visiting Lincoln. Foster scored a season-high 25, but the Eagles
Broomfield's Sam Foster drives to the hoop during Thursday's game against visiting Lincoln. Foster scored a season-high 25, but the Eagles still fell 66-63. More photos: BoCoPreps.com (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

BROOMFIELD — In the midst of an auspicious start to the 2015-16 season, the Broomfield boys basketball team had a thus-far rare stumble on Thursday night.

Hosting the Lincoln Lancers, the Eagles fell behind early and lost 66-63. It was just their second loss of the season and the first on their home floor. For a team that has already surpassed its win total from last year, the Eagles aren't getting too bent out of shape over their latest defeat given the comeback they nearly made to avoid it.

"We need to start off faster," Eagles junior Sam Foster said. "It starts in warm-ups and we need to come out with more energy. That's what killed us tonight. We came firing back and we played more as a team but it was still a tough loss."

Despite shooting 41 percent in the first half, the Eagles (7-2, 1-0 Front Range) fell behind quickly in the first quarter after Lincoln's Umar Jalloh (20 points) opened the game with a leak-out dunk on the opening tip off. The Eagles trailed by as many as 16 points in the second quarter and the Lancers (8-5) led 34-25 at halftime.

The Eagles cut the lead to 37-35 behind 10 straight points in four minutes from Foster to open the third quarter. Also having switched to a zone defense late in the second quarter, the Eagles held the Lancers to nine points in the third quarter and led 44-43 to start the fourth. With his team down two, Foster tied the game with an acrobatic layup in the final 30 seconds.


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Lancers guard Jamison Washington, however, responded quickly with a layup at the other end to put the visiting team back up. Broomfield's Breyton Briggs got off a last-second heave from midcourt that would have tied the game but it was just off the mark.

"My teammates were just looking for me, they knew I was hot and they kept feeding me the ball," Foster said. "I couldn't have scored without them. I tried to create for myself too, we all did. In the first half, we weren't being aggressive off the balls screens as much. At halftime we talked about coming out and attacking the basket more."

Eagles head coach Terrence Dunn said a season-high 25 points from Foster, who has shown flashes of brilliance in his second varsity season, was one of several positives for his team moving forward. Sophomore forward Devin Martinez kept the Eagles alive early on with nine first-half points and senior guard Nate Lehnerz was solid as usual with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

Broomfield will play at Brighton (5-4) at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Lincoln 66, Broomfield 63

At Broomfield H.S.

LINCOLN (8-5)

Luis Rangel 0 0-0 0, Jamison Washington 2 6-7 10, Itzar Chavez 0 0-0 0, Umar Jalloh 7 4-6 20, Rene Melendez 4 0-0 11, Tino Chavez 2 10-14 14, Ray Lopez 0 0-0 0, Elias Hermanyhorses 0 0-0 0, Jesse Giron 3 0-0 7, Albert Cisneros 0 0-0 0, Joseph Barela 0 0-0 0, Noe Davilla 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 20-27 66.

BROOMFIELD (7-2, 1-0)

Chad Croell 0 0-0 0, Breyton Briggs 2 0-0 4, Sam Foster 10 1-1 25, Brady Wristen 0 0-0 0, Kyle Rynearson 2 3-3 7, Nate Lehnerz 3 2-4 9, Jack Burgesser 3 2-3 9, Carter Volk 0 0-0 0, Michael Georgiton 0 0-0 0, Mason Keeler 0 0-0 0, Tanner Garner 0 0-0 0, Devin Martinez 4 1-2 9. Totals 24 9-13 63.

Score by quarters:

Lincoln 18 16 9 23 — 66

Broomfield 10 15 19 19 — 63

3-point field goals — Lincoln (4): Melendez 3, Giron; Broomfield (7): Foster 4, Lehnerz 2, Burgesser. Total fouls — Lincoln 18, Broomfield 17.