BOULDER — Early season trends played out for both the Broomfield and Fairview boys basketball teams in their Fairview Festival third-place game on Friday night.
That spelled doom for the host Knights, while the Eagles and senior Devin Martinez feel quite good about the way they are playing after a 71-49 win at the Dungeon.
It was all about finishing, and Broomfield has done its duty late in games in zooming out to a 3-1 record while Fairview (1-3) has faltered a couple of times in close games. On Friday, as a rather large crowd was filtering in to see the Festival finale between Denver East and Arvada West, Broomfield went on a 17-1 run to start the fourth quarter and run away with the contest.
Martinez was at the forefront of that effort finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Eagles attacked the basket effectively throughout the contest.
"That fourth quarter, up only five or six, we had to tell ourselves we needed to come off and finish this one," Martinez said after throwing down a couple of dunks to get the crowd buzzing. "We've focused this season on finishing games and finishing the right way, and I think we were able to do that tonight."
"I thought we played a great fourth quarter and were able to do some things tonight that we haven't quite been able to do consistently," Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn said. "We did a good job of putting that game away. I liked how we played defense in the fourth, and we've been trying to get that intensity we got there."
Broomfield led the contest for all of 31 minutes and about 30 seconds, as the only non-BHS lead was a tie at 7-7 early on. But Fairview had some good runs in both the second and third quarters that made the game quite competitive.
In the third quarter, Broomfield had extended its lead back to 11 points at 49-38 with 2:40 left in the frame, but Fairview whittled that down to 49-43 and had possession with 14 seconds left. The Knights instead gave Martinez a chance to hit a free throw with 2.6 seconds left, and it was 50-43 going to the fourth.
A Mark Dolan 3-pointer for Fairview got it to 50-46, but Steven Croell (seven points) responded with a 3-pointer on the other end to begin the decisive run. Martinez was open down low for a dunk at the 6:36 mark of the fourth and found an easy layup again with 5:49 left to put BHS back up 57-46.
Michael Georgiton, who finished with 16 points, had a nice side-step drive to follow at 5:22, and the Eagles just continued to attack the rim.
"I love this group of guys, and when we play our hardest and when together, we're a hard team to beat," Martinez said.
The two teams will meet in Front Range League play, and both Dunn and Fairview coach Patrick Burke expects the Knights to be a different team by then.
Jalen Page, a sophomore, finished with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Fairview. All but two of those points came in the middle two periods of play.
"That's two fourth quarters in a row that we've not finished. The ball didn't bounce our way a couple of times, and we had some turnovers that helped a seven-point game turn to 15 real quick," Burke said, his team out-rebounded by BHS 30-18. "I have to do a better job of using our time-outs to calm our guys down and get them reorganized. Broomfield runs their stuff quite well, and they got us scrambling there for a bit."
Broomfield 71, Fairview 49
At Fairview HS
Berry 5 0-0 10, Felknor 0 1-2 1, Collins 1 1-2 3, Swenson 3 3-4 10, Croell 2 1-4 7, Georgiton 6 3-4 16, Mielke 2 0-0 6, Jaramillo 0 0-0 0, Martinez 6 5-10 19. Totals 25 15-26 71.
Cousin 1 0-0 3, Atkinson 4 0-0 8, Page 7 2-3 19, O'Neill 0 0-0 0, Raguveer 0 0-0 0, Nichols 3 2-7 9, Dolan 2 0-0 6, Erickson 2 0-3 4. Totals 19 4-14 49.
Score by quarters:Broomfield17141921—71
3-point field goals — Broomfield (7): Croell 2, Mielke 2, Martinez, Swenson, Georgiton; Fairview (7): .