PARKER — A major shake-up to the lineup is not the way a team wants to start out the playoffs, but that's just what Broomfield was dealing with against Chaparral in a Class 5A postseason opener Wednesday night.
Eagles junior Sam Foster and his teammates seemed to put past them the fact the Eagles were not going to have seniors Nate Lehnerz or Kyle Rynearson out on the floor in the road contest against the Wolverines, but the energy and desire did not mask the late mistakes and misfortune in a 66-60 loss that ended BHS' turnaround campaign at 16-8.
Chaparral, with the help of Dominic Coleman's 22 points and Ronnie DeGray's double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) moved on to Saturday's second round.
"We had a fun season coming back from the past two years with losing records, and we made some big improvements this year," Foster said after a 17-point effort that included 12 third-quarter points. "I love these guys, all of them.
"We had to play big (Wednesday) because two of our best players were out, and we really hadn't played well the past couple games. We didn't play great defense to start, and that kind of caught up to us in the end."
Broomfield head coach Terrence Dunn did not disclose why the two seniors weren't available, but the fact the pair combined for nearly 20 points a game could have had the Eagles buried even before they stepped out on the court.
However, Broomfield seemed to harness in good energy from the get-go, and despite trailing by double digits a couple of times in the first half, they continued to keep their heads in the game.
The game was tied three times in the second half — as late as 7 minutes, 47 seconds to go after Jack Burgesser hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night to knot it at 48-48 — but Broomfield didn't have a lead after the first quarter.
A couple of key plays toward the end made it harder to fight back. Down 56-53 with 2:15 to go, Broomfield had a couple good looks that didn't drop and Coleman went end-to-end for a traditional 3-point play to push the CHS lead to six points.
Then with it 63-58 and 33.3 seconds left, Broomfield had a key turnover at the top of the key that turned into another and-1 for Coleman. Broomfield had 14 turnovers overall.
"I thought we played hard and did a lot of good things, but we needed to rebound better later in the game and we didn't value the basketball late, either," said Dunn, who also saw Burgesser score 17 points and Michael Georgiton 11. "If we keep our turnovers down around 10 or less, we win this one."
Both teams hit eight 3-pointers in the game, and Chaparral made 7 of its first 10 attempts from the perimeter.
"We stuck in zone because we didn't think they were going to shoot as well, and they proved us wrong," Dunn said.
Chaparral 66, Broomfield 60
At Chaparral HS
C. Croell 1 1-2 3, Briggs 2 2-2 6, Foster 7 0-0 17, Wristen 0 0-0 0, Burgesser 6 1-2 17, Georgiton 4 2-2 11, Garner 0 0-0 0, Martinez 1 4-4 6. Totals 21 10-12 60.
Coleman 7 4-6 22, Giles 1 0-0 2, Williams 2 0-0 4, Mott 1 0-0 3, Hernandez 1 1-2 4, DeGray III 7 4-6 18, Dalton 2 0-0 6, Matthews 2 3-5 7. Totals 23 12-19 66.
Score by quarters:Broomfield 14 15 16 15 — 60
Chaparral 18 18 12 18 — 66
3-point field goals — Broomfield (8): Burgesser 4, Foster 3, Georgiton; Chaparral (8): Coleman 4, Dalton 2, Mott, Hernandez.