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Boys basketball: Broomfield’s high-powered offense shoots Legacy down

David R Jennings
Broomfield’s Nick Orgarato goes to the basket against Legacy during Saturday’s cross town game at Legacy.

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BROOMFIELD — True to form Saturday, Broomfield boys basketball was a rainmaker.

The state’s 12th most productive scorers unleashed the floodgates yet again, this time claiming city bragging rights. The third-ranked Class 4A team knocked off 5A cross-town rival Legacy 68-46.

Even with the Eagles getting the better of their rivals the moment Spenser Reeb popped the clutch on the offense 1-minute in, the win was one Broomfield savored.

“This is a big game,” Reeb said. “The atmosphere was close to the Lewis-Palmer game.”

A good contingency of Broomfield (8-1, 2-0) and Legacy (1-6, 1-1) fans packed the house for the game. And depending on the shade of blue worn in the bleachers, there were cheers or groans every time the Eagles touched the ball.

The team hit 25-of-52 field goal attempts to finish the night shooting 48-percent from the field. Broomfield was nearly as accurate behind the arc, hitting 7-of-17 3-point attempts. Nick Ongarato was the leading deep shooter with the senior recording four 3s for the fourth time this season.

Broomfield had four players break into double digits, with Ongarato (18 points), Reeb (13) Austin Wood (11) and Evan Kihn (10) providing the majority of the offense.

Legacy had a solid showing from Alec McLain, but it took some time for the sophomore to get situated. But once the forward settled in with a pair of 3s near the end of the second period, he started to do damage.

McLain finished the evening with a team-high 15 points, with the majority of his buckets falling heading into and coming out of halftime.

“We just need to get more shot to fall today,” McLain said. “And it didn’t happen.”

The Lightning started out on the wrong foot, unable to crack Broomfield’s defense. The Eagles held Legacy to seven points in the opening period. Some of the early sluggishness might have been due to Legacy’s emotional first win of the season Friday at Boulder, and some injuries sustained in the game.

“Marcus (Riddick) was playing at about 80 percent, with his hip getting badly bruised last night,” Legacy coach Gunnar Johnson said.

Legacy trailed by double digits for most of the game, but kept the score manageable, until the fourth. The final 8 minutes, the Eagles lit up the scoreboard with 22 points with eight different players scoring.

“I still think that we’re still rusty on offense,” Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn said. “We can cut better, move better and play together better.”

Broomfield 68, Legacy 46

BROOMFIELD (8-1, 2-0)

Perse 2 2-4 6, Ongarato 7 0-0 18, Roylance 2 0-0 4, Wood 5 0-0 11, Reeb 5 1-2 13, Kihn 2 6-8 10, Jones 0 1-2 1, Jensen 2 0-0 4, Little 0 1-3 1. Totals 25 11-17 68.

LEGACY (1-6, 1-1)

Riddick 0 3-4 3, Zhang 2 1-2 6, Baum 1 0-0 2, Hebel 1 0-0 2, McLain 5 3-3 15, McCall 4 0-0 9, Chiddix 2 1-2 5, Royer 2 0-1 4. Total 17-12 46.

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 16 11 19 22 — 68

Legacy 7 10 13 16 — 46

3-point field goalsBroomfield (7): Ongarato 4, Wood, Reeb. Legacy (3): Zhang, McLain. Total fouls — Broomfield 12; Legacy 19. Technical fouls — none.