While one half of the Broomfield boys basketball team proudly watched the other half play in the Class 4A football state championship on Saturday afternoon, the non-football-playing Eagles knew that night's basketball season opener was going to be rough with a short roster.
Playing with five varsity and five junior varsity players, the Eagles lost their first game of the season by just four points on the road at Castle View. On Monday, the Eagles were happy to have their full roster for the first round of the annual Fairview Festival tournament.
Fighting off the football hangover and back at full strength, the Eagles defeated Aurora Central 75-49 to pick up the first win in what they expect to be a promising season.
"Our football players just played in the state championship and we're excited to have them back," Eagles senior Spencer Wolff said. "It was nice to have some subs coming off the bench and to have their energy. We know that if we are intense on defense, we can run. This team also has the pieces to slow the game down as well. As long as we recognize the time and situation we are in, we can do multiple things well, and it felt good to show that tonight."
Wolff, who did not play basketball last season while he was pursuing a tennis scholarship, returned to the team for his senior season. In Monday's win, he tied junior teammate Devin Martinez for the team lead with 15 points.
The Eagles had a commanding lead for the entire game after outscoring the Trojans 27-10 in the first quarter. Eagles senior Sam Foster, who led the team in scoring last season, paced the early run by scoring all of his 11 points in the first quarter.
"Having five guys on the floor playing as one is what we're focusing on this year," Wolff said. "Whether it's getting on the floor or making shots that we have to hit, we all have to work together as one unit and we did that today."
Throughout the football team's deep playoff run and particularly in Saturday's basketball opener, Eagles head basketball coach Terrence Dunn said he has been impressed by how the entire basketball program from top to bottom has stepped up to compensate for the many players still playing a fall sport.
Trying to reincorporate a handful of tired football players and find a rhythm on Monday, the Eagles had their share of sloppy stretches. But Dunn said he was pleased with how the players held Aurora Central to four points in the fourth quarter and managed to make it three quarters of the way to 100 points.
"You can't be upset about 75 points," Dunn said. "I also challenged the guys to hold them under 50 points and they did. It's a huge deal for the community and the school to have the football team back in the state championship game for the first time is 15 years, and we're fully supportive of that. We were a little short-handed on Saturday, but our guys have had great attitudes and we're ready to do what we can do."
The Eagles will have their hands full Wednesday when they take on Denver East in the Fairview Festival semifinals. The Angels are ranked third in 5A by the CHSAANow.com preseason poll and defeated Palmer in the first round on Monday.
Broomfield 75, Aurora Central 49
At Fairview H.S.
AURORA CENTRAL (0-2)
Wilkens 1 3-3 5, Grimes 0 0-0 0, Tames 3 7-7 13, Robinson 1 0-1 2, Bailey 1 0-0 2, Fisher 2 3-4 7, Tilang 1 0-0 2, Pateliff 1 0-0 2, Miley 1 2-2 4, Reisman 3 0-0 7, Gaffey 1 0-0 2, Thompson 2 1-2 5. Totals 17 16-19 49 .
Berry 3 1-2 7, Foster 4 0-0 11, Croell 3 0-0 7, Georgiton 6 0-3 13, Keeler 0 1-2 1, Garner 1 3-3 6, Wolff 7 1-2 15, Martinez 6 3-4 15. Totals 30 9-16 75.
Score by quarters:Aurora Central 10 17 18 4 — 49
3-point field goals — Aurora Central (1): Reisman; Broomfield (6): Foster 3, Croell, Georgiton, Garner. Total fouls — Aurora Central 18, Broomfield 19.