The Broomfield boys basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 83-76 overtime loss to the visiting Fruita Monument Wildcats in the 5A state playoffs Saturday night. Junior Wildcats guard Blake Andersen hit a go-ahead 3 with 2.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give Fruita Monument the win.
"It's the first time in a while we've hosted at home, and we had great support from the crowd. We just couldn't string it together," said Eagles senior Michael Georgiton. "It was a great season and I had so much fun with these guys, these are my brothers. I think we feel like we let that one go."
After a first quarter that ended tied at 13, Fruita Monument led throughout the game but were never able to put the Eagles away. Broomfield kept chipping at the lead, and eventually junior Eagles point guard Steven Croell made a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 71-71 with 31 seconds left.
A Wildcat turnover on the next possession led to a breakaway for senior guard Tanner Garner and he was fouled attempting a layup, but he missed both free throws for a chance to win the game in regulation.
The Eagles missed 17 free throws on the night.
"We did a lot of work in the fourth quarter and we tied it up and we had some opportunities in the fourth quarter to win the game, but we didn't take advantage of those opportunities," said Broomfield head coach Terrence Dunn. "All credit to Fruita, we knew they could score points, we knew they were an aggressive team, and they did a great job playing together and running the floor and putting up baskets."
Overtime, like the rest of the game, was tightly contested, but Andersen's 3 proved to be the fatal blow.
Fruita Monument junior guard Reilly Flinn led all scorers with 24 points. He had success getting to the basket all game against the Eagles defense. Andersen finished with 17 points.
"We could have done a better job staying in front of their drivers, we could have done a better job getting back in transition, and we could have done a better job rebounding. Defense is lots of little things, and we didn't take care of them consistently enough," said Dunn.
Georgiton and senior forward Devin Martinez led the Eagles with 21 points each, and Croell added 17.
Fruita Monument advances to take on second-seeded ThunderRidge on Wednesday.
Fruita Monument 83, Broomfield 76 (OT)
FRUITA MONUMENT (18-7, 7-1)
Andersen 7 1-2 17, Davison 0 1-2 1, Olson 2 2-3 6, Labonde 2 4-4 8, Hawkins 1 0-0 3, Barnes 2 5-5 9, Flinn 10 3-4 24, Morrill 4 1-3 9. Totals 28 17-23 83.
BROOMFIELD (16-8, 9-3)
Berry 0 0-2 0, Collins 1 0-0 2, Swenson 1 0-0 3, Croell 5 6-13 17, Georgiton 8 4-6 21, Mielke 3 0-2 9, Garner 1 2-6 4, Martinez 7 7-9 21. Totals 26 21-38 76.
Score by quarters:Fruita Monument1320 211712—83Broomfield131519195—76
3-point field goals — Fruita Monument(6): Andersen 4, Flinn, Hawkins; Broomfield(6): Mielke 3, Swenson, Croell, Georgiton. Total fouls — Fruita Monument 16, Broomfield 18.
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