Monarch’s TJ Jones puts a shot up over Peter Chopra of Boulder Friday night.
Monarch's TJ Jones puts a shot up over Peter Chopra of Boulder Friday night. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

BOULDER — The Boulder boys basketball team picked a good time to beat Monarch for the first time since Feb. 15, 2011.

Losers in the last eight meetings between the two area rivals, the Panthers broke the streak with a 51-41 home win over the Coyotes on Friday night. Leading the 5A Front Range League and needing only to win next Thursday's game against second-place Fossil Ridge (15-6, 8-2 Front Range) to clinch the conference title, Friday's win was even sweeter considering no player on the current Panthers roster had ever tasted victory against Monarch.

"This was a great win because we really had to grind it out," Panthers senior Landon Taliaferro said. "Over the course of the year we've really become a team and that's why we were able to get it done tonight. Monarch is always tough so we decided to just have fun and play as a team. That's why we got the win tonight."

While Monarch (12-9, 6-4 Front Range) led by as many as six points in the first half, the Panthers (16-5, 10-1 Front Range) tied the game at 25-25 going into halftime. The Panthers opened second half with a 13-3 run to take the game's first double-digit lead at 38-28, which held until the start of the fourth quarter.

Monarch cut the lead to five with 2:30 left in the fourth. But Boulder, which shot just 50 percent at the free-throw line in the first half, went 9 of 11 at the stripe in final two minutes while Monarch went 1 for 7 from the field. Overall, Panthers head coach Jack Clarke was most happy about his team holding the Coyotes to three points in the second quarter and three more in third after they put up 22 in the first.


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"We locked down defensively," Clarke said. "We're a man-to-man program and once we got back to that, we had tremendous defensive energy, taking charges and securing rebounds."

Taliaferro (17.4 ppg) led the Panthers with 16 points. Senior point guard Mac Rowan (14.5 ppg), who scored 25 point against Fairview on Tuesday night, led the Coyotes with 10.

With his squad assured a spot in the 48-team postseason tournament, Coyotes head coach Ken Niven said his team must now rebound from Friday's loss in order to earn the highest seed possible.

"We got out-rebounded and they executed better, that's the bottom line," Niven said. "Then we just couldn't hit a bucket in the third quarter. We've got two home games left and we've got to win them if we want a home game in the playoffs."

Monarch will host Greeley West (17-4, 8-2 Front Range) on Tuesday.

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

 

Boulder 51, Monarch 41

At Boulder H.S.

MONARCH (12-9, 6-4)

TJ Jones 1 4-4 6, Ernesto Chavez 1 3-5 5, Taye Jones 0 0-0 0, Mac Rowan 4 1-1 10, Clark Andrews 0 0-0 0, Gerritt Duffy 1 0-0 2, Matt Behrens 0 0-0 0, Isaac Green 2 2-4 6, Tylor Trinh, 1 0-0 3, Thomas Paluch 3 0-1 9. Totals 13 10-15 41.

BOULDER (16-5, 10-1)

Peter McNeal 0 0-0 0, Luke Wilson 2 4-4 10, Davis Kang 0 0-0 0, Savoy Carl 1 2-2 2, Sam Kirk 0 0-2 0, Peter Chopra 4 1-2 9, Bill DiScipio 1 2-5 4, Henry Ryan 0 0-0 0, Bea Davis 0 0-0 0, Jake Baker 0 0-0 0, Jack Boyle 2 0-0 6, Ben Posthumus 1 0-0 2, Tyler Blessing 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 14-22 51.

Score by quarters:

Monarch 22 3 3 13 — 41

Boulder 14 11 13 13 — 51

3-point field goals — Monarch (5): Paluch 3, Trinh, Rowan; Boulder (5): Boyle 2, Wilson 2, Taliaferro. Total fouls — Monarch 23, Boulder 15.