BOULDER — After graduating seven seniors from last year's squad, the Broomfield boys basketball team figured to have some reworking to do if it was going to have success in 2018-19.

That hasn't stopped the Eagles from believing they can compete for a Front Range League title. Still with that goal in mind, the Eagles have been taking their lumps so far through the early portion of the season.

On Monday in the first round of the Fairview Festival tournament, the Eagles fell 66-56 to Manual. Though they dropped to 0-2, their first two games pitted the Eagles against Longmont — 4A's current No. 2-ranked team and defending 4A champion — and one of the top players in the state in Manual's Jaedon Bowles.

"We've got a lot of guys who are learning how to be varsity basketball players," Eagles head coach Terrence Dunn said. "We have the talent. We just have to put it together and play better as a team."

A second-round playoff team last winter, the Eagles (0-2) were never out of striking distance of the Thunderbolts (1-0) on Monday evening. They trailed 42-37 at halftime and cut the lead to two points with two minutes to go.

Then disaster struck.

With a chance to tie the game the Eagles instead allowed the Thunderbolts to score eight unanswered points, with six of those points coming on three consecutive turnovers, to pull ahead in the final two minutes and win by 10 points. Dunn said he hopes his team has learned from the two tough losses it has been dealt this season.


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"We've got to be better on defense," Dunn said. "We gave up too many points in the first half but we were better in the second half. We had too many turnovers. We did a good job in the middle of the game but when the game was on the line with two minutes to go, we turned it over two times. We got our butts kicked on rebounds for the second game in a row so we have to be better on the boards too. We've just got to be better."

The Eagles will play again on Wednesday in the Fairview Festival's consolation semifinals.

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Manual 66, Broomfield 56

At Fairview H.S.

MANUAL (1-0)

Stoffel 4 0-0 10, Thompson 10 0-1 20, Davis 3 4-5 10, Smith 1 0-0 2, Williams 0 0-0 0, Jaedon Bowles 5 11-11 22, Miles 0 0-2 0, McGee 1 0-3 2, Bragg 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 15-22 66.

BROOMFIELD (0-2)

Georgiton 1 0-0 2, Collins 2 2-3 6, Swenson 5 1-2 13, Croell 6 1-4 14, Briggs 3 0-0 7, Stoecker 2 0-0 4, Purdum 1 0-0 3, Morales 1 2-2 4, Barday 1 2-2 4. Totals 22 8-13 56.

Score by quarters:

Manual                  17 25 11 13  — 66
Broomfield              13 24 7 12  — 56

3-point field goals — Manual (4): Stoffel 2, Bowles 2; Broomfield (5): Swenson 2, Croell, Briggs, Purdum. Total fouls — Manual 19, Broomfield 19. Fouled out — Smith, Swanson.