Boulder’s Peter Chopra puts a shot up over Fairview’s Cole Heisner Tuesday at the Coors Event Center. More photos:
Boulder's Peter Chopra puts a shot up over Fairview's Cole Heisner Tuesday at the Coors Event Center. More photos: (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Don't tell the Boulder boys basketball team they have no inside game.

Not this year, anyway.

The numbers may not always sparkle — case in point the combined 10 points on Tuesday between Jack Boyle, Peter Chopra and Ben Posthumus — but the work on both ends of the floor is abundant and influential.

Guard-heavy Boulder appears as balanced as it has ever been, and it showed as much in a 39-35 drag-it-out win over rival Fairview at the Coors Event Center.

"We have a lot of confidence in our big guys, and we might have been under-sized tonight, but we competed and we out-worked (Fairview)," said Boyle, who scored three points but more importantly pulled down eight rebounds. "We had a lot of offensive rebounds which was huge.

"The shots weren't always falling for anybody, but we grinded it out and found a way to win. It was a big one."

In addition to five timely 3-pointers, the Panthers collectively found success for inside buckets throughout the night and that element of their game was crucial in a 9-0 run in the third quarter that brought the most separation in score between the teams.

Tied at 16-all at halftime, Fairview knocked down its first three shots to take a 23-19 lead with 5 minutes, 40 seconds left — four points was the big lead for either team at that point.

The Knights made it 25-22 with a fourth straight made basket, but that's when the hustle of BHS started to factor in. Chopra scored back-to-back field goals after grabbing two offensive rebounds to give Boulder the lead for good at 26-25, and Bill DiScipio had another putback with 2:05 left to make it 30-25.


The Panthers led 31-25 going to the fourth and made it 37-29 after DiScipio hit Sam Kirk underneath the hoop with a crafty pass.

Despite Fairview's best efforts — which included getting to within 37-35 with less than 1 minute left in the game and having two good 3-point looks with the score 38-35 and seconds left — Boulder improved to 11-5 overall and 5-1 in the competitive Front Range League.

"Our scouting report was focused on (Frank Ryder) and (Chris Weatherly) and I think we did a pretty good job on them," said Boulder head coach Jack Clarke. "We used to live and die by the 3-pointer. We crashed the boards hard in the second half and that's what got us on the run. Our guys were working hard, and they'll compete with anybody."

Frank Ryder had 14 points and eight rebounds and helped lead a rally, and Cole Heisner had eight points and nine rebounds for FHS (7-9, 3-2).

"I thought we did a great job on (Ryder)," Boyle said.

Boulder, which had just 11 turnovers to win in the series for the third straight season, was led by Landon Taliaferro's 14 points.

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Boulder 39, Fairview 35

At Coors Event Center

BOULDER (11-5, 5-1)

McNeal 0 0-0 0, Wilson 1 1-2 4, Taliaferro 6 1-2 14, Kang 1 0-0 2, Kirk 2 0-2 5, Chopra 2 1-2 5, DiScipio 1 1-2 3, Ryan 1 0-0 3, Tream 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 0-0 0, Boyle 1 0-0 3, Ben Posthumus 0 0-0 0, Ben Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-10 39.

FAIRVIEW (7-9, 3-2)

Heisner 3 2-2 8, Carson 1 0-0 3, Khadem 1 0-0 2, Weatherly 2 2-2 6, Grad 0 0-0 0, Graham-Bell 0 2-2 2, Whittle 0 0-0 0, Mooz 0 0-0 0, Ryder 4 6-9 14, Tyse 0 0-0 0, Kaufman 0 0-0 0, Pykonnen 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 12-15 35.

Score by quarters:

Boulder 7 9 15 8 — 39

Fairview 7 9 9 10 — 35

3-point field goals — Boulder (5): Wilson, Taliaferro, Kirk, Ryan, Boyle. Technical fouls — Ryder.