If it was a beauty contest, Friday night's Broomfield-Fairview matchup wouldn't have come with any flowers or crowns, to say nothing of swimsuits.

But this is the Front Range League in 2016-17, a Class 5A group with a big-school heavyweight that has yet to show itself, so it makes for competitiveness.

However, don't forget to bring it on any given night.

For two teams that entered the week unblemished in the early going of the league and had taken hits on Tuesday, the urgency was there.

Fairview responded. The Knights, trailing by 11 points in the third quarter, rallied for a 62-55 home victory at The Dungeon to improve to 7-8 overall, 4-1 in league and very thankful of the evening's proceedings that really weren't that new to them.

"All season, we've had to come back from deficits," Fairview senior guard Trent Carson said. "But we pulled together and got it."

What was new for Fairview was having all 15 players healthy and ready to go, although it lost a guard early to injury.

Still, the Knights' time came early in the third quarter, when they suddenly found themselves trailing 38-27 and looking sloppy, disorganized and, well, ugly.

Who says defense isn't pretty?

"To be honest" Fairview coach Patrick Burke said, "all of our wins have been like that, grinding and the kids have really gotten into defense. We didn't do that very well in the first half."


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But they did into the stretch. The Knights got more disciplined under the basket in keeping the Eagles (7-8, 3-2) off the backboards and their swarming defense contested everything. Throw in 9-of-13 free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter, better ball protection and shot selection, and it turned into Fairview's game.

Eleven of Carson's game-high 19 points came after halftime. Mark Dolan added 14, Jake Pykkonen scored 11 over the final three quarters and Sam Grad threw in 10.

Perhaps most importantly, the Knights stopped Broomfield from beating it down low with shorter passes.

"We always talk about defense first, defense first, and as long as we take care of the ball we'll be fine," Burke said. "But we have to defend. That was big. (The Eagles) are a good team. (Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn) does a really good job with them."

The Eagles were able to break from a slow pace early and seemed to draw the first line as sophomore Steven Croell scored six of his team's first eight points of the third quarter. But that's where it ended for the visitors. They didn't respond, even when they had multiple opportunities into the final couple of minutes.

"That has been the tale of our season," Dunn said. His guys have had lots of moments, but "then we have a quarter where we can't score ... we've got to figure out a way past it."

Michael Georgiton's 12 points led the Eagles. Croell and Tanner Garner each added 11.

Broomfield will be at Fossil Ridge on Tuesday and Fairview will host league contender Fort Collins.

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Basketball

Fairview 62, Broomfield 55

At Fairview

BROOMFIELD

Foster 2 2-3 6, Croell 4 2-4 11, Georgiton 4 4-6 12, Keeler 1 1-2 3, Wolff 3 0-0 6, Berry 1 4-6 6, Garner 4 0-0 11, Felkner 0 0-0 0, Mielke 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 13-21 55..

FAIRVIEW

Twist 0 0-0 0, Carson 5 7-7 19, Dolan 4 3-4 14, Monette 00-0 0, Heisner 2 0-2 4, Pykkonen 2 6-6 11, Grad 4 1-2 10, Sharp 0 0-0 0, Pearson 2 0-5 4, D'Souza 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 17-26 62..

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 10 20 12 13 — 55

Fairview 13 14 20 15 — 62

3-point field goals — Broomfield (4): Garner 3, Croell; Fairview (7): Dolan 3, Carson 2, Grad, Pykkonen. Fouled out — Croell, Keeler. Technical fouls — none.