BROOMFIELD - Monarch didn't panic as red-hot Legacy burned the net with 3-ball after 3-ball Friday night.

Cool and calm, the Coyotes prevailed in the end.

Tylor Trinh scored 22 points, Keegan Johnson added 17 points, and Monarch used a balanced attack in the final quarter to beat the Lightning 76-68.

Taye Jones added 16 points and Evan Alexander had eight of his 13 in the final frame for the Coyotes (6-8, 2-1 5A Front Range), who have won two straight since losing six of seven.

"I always say basketball is a simple game," Coyotes coach Stewart Brewer said. "And we just have to play it the simple way."

Jack Olson led the Lightning with 18 points. Jackson Stapleton had five 3s and 17 points and Caden Sehr had four 3s and 12 points.

Legacy (9-4, 0-2) erased a 10-point deficit in the third, splashing six of their 11 3s in the game, before losing a lead in the fourth for a second straight game. The Lightning came in, letting a late advantage slip in a 50-49 loss to Boulder Tuesday.

"As our coach was telling us in the locker room right now, it's small things," said Dorian Jackson, who finished with 12 points. "It's not like we're getting blown out. It's small things we can do to get better next time."

Following a sizzling third, Monarch slowed things down in the fourth and found its go-to guy -- the open one.

"We've really emphasized more passes, getting the team involved and trusting our teammates," Johnson said. "That's a team right there."


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The Coyotes took the game's final lead with 5:45 remaining and had five different players score down the stretch. They iced the game, going 8 of 10 from the line in the last 1:41.

Monarch just hopes its new commitment to sharing the ball can help it stick around in a tough league.

"Towards the beginning of the season we couldn't find ourselves and we just had quick shots," Trinh said. "If we use our team, whether it's feed it to the big man or kick it to the shooters, we have options."

The Coyotes led 35-29 at half, using a 9-0 run in the last 2:13 to take command. Trinh had the first seven points of the spurt and Johnson added a layup in waning seconds.

In the third, Legacy trailed 41-31 before finding its swagger - and, of course, the deep-ball. Stapleton and Sehr each had three 3s in the quarter - a few off-balanced and a few that ended with a chest pound and a scream - and the Lightning used 20-8 run to take a 51-49 lead.

"We're a 3-point shooting team, so we know we can beat any team out here," Sehr said. "We just have to control the things we can control because that'll make us a more consistent team and we'll win the close games."

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Monarch 76, Legacy 68

At Legacy

MONARCH (6-8)

Stimac 0 0-0 0, Jones 4 7-9 16, Davis 0 0-0 0, Alexander 4 2-3 13, Storm 0 0-0 0, Schmanski 0 0-0 0, Pontejos 2 0-0 5, Trinh 8 5-6 22, Ramsey 1 1-2 3, Chen 0 0-0 0, Grigsby 0 0-0 0, Johnson 7 3-6 17. Totals 26 19-27 76..

LEGACY (9-4)

Borelli 0 0-0 0, Boeckenstedt 1 0-0 2, Wagner 1 0-0 3, Mullins 1 0-0 2, Sehr 4 0-2 12, Weber 0 0-0 0, Hanes 0 0-0 0, Olson 6 5-6 18, Servantez 1 0-0 2, Huxtable 0 0-0 0, Stapleton 6 0-0 17, Jackson 4 4-5 12. Totals 24 9-13 68..

Score by quarters:

Monarch11242021—76

Legacy13162514—68

3-point field goals — Monarch (5): Alexander 2, Jones, Pontejos, Trinh; Legacy (11): Stapleton 5, Sehr 4, Olson, Wagner.