BOULDER — Nathan Fairmont isn't the type of player who will dribble the air out of the ball or pull up from three feet behind the 3-point line.

The Shining Mountain senior does have a sneaky nose for the ball and just does all the simple things on a basketball court better than everyone else. He may not have the flashiest profile, but Fairmont's approach has him averaging 21.4 points a game, which is currently fifth in Class 1A and the crucial production that has the Lions on a roll this winter.

"A lot of credit has to go out to my teammates and my coaches for the plays they're drawing up," Fairmont said. "We have a lot of guys who can create and make great passes. I just try to play hard and play good defense and do my part within our offense. I guess it's working out."

Not only has Fairmont been incredibly effective scoring the basketball within the Lions' ball movement-oriented offense, his nose for the ball has been on display in all facets of the game. The 6-foot-3 combo guard and forward is averaging 16.2 rebounds, 4.2 blocks, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

While he's certainly doing well for himself, Fairmont's primary concern this season is getting back to the state championship game for the first time since he went as a sophomore in 2016. One of only three seniors of the roster, Fairmont said guiding the Lions (8-3) on a deep playoff run would be the ideal way to finish his prep career.

"It's my senior season and we've been pushing a lot of the younger guys so we can stay determined to go far," Fairmont said.


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The Lions also reached the 1A state title game in 2013, which was their first title game appearance, but have never won a state championship in boys basketball. Alongside Fairmont, senior Leo Mason is scoring 13.0 points a game and the Lions feel as though they have talent and length at the defensive end to make another run at a state title if everything falls into place.

"As a coach, I'm so pleased with these guys," Lions head coach Tim Crouthers said. "They're all buying in to each other and that comes straight from our captain Nathan. He really emulates that. All I can ask of the guys is that they control their energy and attitude, and it has been so fun to watch them put in the work for one another."

The Lions' next game is Thursday at Rocky Mountain Lutheran.

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