BOULDER — He was less than two minutes into Tuesday night's Front Range League opener against Fort Collins, when Boulder coach Jack Clarke started having flashbacks.

It was just four short nights ago — one that he and the rest of his Panthers would like to soon forget — that his team scored just 21 points in a embarrassing 20 point loss to Arvada West.

Boulder turned the ball over three times in the opening 120 seconds — seven times overall in the first period — and Clarke could only think, "here we go again."

But the Panthers righted the ship, found their rhythm on the offensive end and got a much needed "W" before the holiday break 57-34 over Fort Collins.

"That was a good bounce back and I really think we won this game with Saturday's practice," said Clark, who team improves to 5-3. "We came in with a lot of bounce and a lot of energy. It wasn't all doom and gloom, we got better in that practice."

Also in the mental mix for the Panthers was dealing with the academic side of things during this finals week.

"Everyone was pretty womped and this is a game that all of us look forward to," Boulder senior Connor Ericksen-Dunn said. "We come here and we just kind of forget about everything else and we get ready to work."

It took until about midway through the second quarter for Boulder to pull away from Lambkins (2-5), despite the best efforts of sophomore Caleb Wehmuller — who scored 10 of his game-high 19 in the second.


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The Panthers broke open a 24-22 game late in the second and into the third, going on a 15-0 run to bury the Lambkins. Boulder was aggressive going to the basket and if the open look wasn't there in the paint, the kick-out to the open shooter was almost always there.

"And when we are shooting it well, it is because we are passing it well," said Clarke, whose team will get back to business on Jan. 6 against ThunderRidge. "We did a really good job of making simple, easy passes and hitting guys in rhythm, anticipating when they were going to be open and making them pay for some of their breakdowns."

In addition to Wehmuller's 19, Boulder got 15 from senior point guard Davis Kang and eight from Tyler Turner.

The Panthers defense did a number on the Fort Collins duo of Ryan Oligmueller (who came in averaging 21.5 per game) and Sam Tiley (22.2). They were held to just 15 total.

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BOULDER 57, FORT COLLINS 34

At Boulder

FORT COLLINS (2-5)

Raymond Johnson 0 0-0 0, Micaylon Moore 4 0-0 8, Ty Thomas 2 2-2 8, Alex Bunker 0 0-0 0, Ryan Oligmueller 2 3-4 7, Benny Khouri 0 0-0 0, Carson Huelle 1 0-0 3, Sam Tiley 3 2-2 8, Alex Chan 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 7-8 34

BOULDER (5-3)

Ian Davis 0 0-0 0, Max Riley 2 0-0 5, Cole Peterson 0 0-0 0, Alex Rucker 2 0-0 4, Conall O'Brien 0 0-0 0, Davis Kang 6 0-0 15, Adam Sessions 0 0-0 0, Shane Tebo 0 0-0 0, Connor Ericksen-Dunn 0 2-2 2, Tyler Turner 4 0-1 8, Caleb Wehmuller 7 0-0 19, Miller Davison 2 0-0 4, Justin Bartsch 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 2-3 57.

Score by quarters:

Fort Collins121068—34

Boulder12171414—57

3-point field goals — Fort Collins (3): Thomas 2, Huelle; Boulder (9): Wehmuller 5, Kang 3, Riley. Total fouls — Fort Collins 9; Boulder 10.