BOULDER — There’s little doubt that the number 21 is considered a landmark in many aspects of life. And 21 became a number to remember for the Fairview 12th-graders on the boys basketball team Tuesday as the Knights whipped Horizon 94-78 on senior night to improve their record to 21-1.

One can only wonder if Shane O’Neill had been in the lineup opening night for Fairview — a game the Knights lost to ThunderRidge, 70-55 — if they might have been unbeaten to this point.

With the Front Range League win over Horizon, the Knights improved to 15-0 in conference play. It was their second victory against Horizon, which dropped to 7-15, 4-11. The Knights last week clinched their third league championship in the past four seasons.

“I think tonight was one of those nights you had to get up for, but we knew that if we played our A game we could get the win,” said O’Neill, who scored 28 points to pace the Knights. “They also hit a lot of shots and they played a pretty good game. But we ran well, Brent (Wrapp) was dishing the ball well and I think we just had a pretty good game.”

Fairview, coached by Frank Lee, held out four of the starters from the opening tip until just over two minutes remained in the first quarter. The Knights led Horizon 20-16 after the first quarter, but the flood gates opened in the second as they popped in 28 points in the frame for a 48-32 lead at the intermission.

And it was here that Jonah Crespi, Wrapp, Jacob Lorentzen and O’Neill got the offense rolling. Crespi finished the night with 19 points. Lorentzen added 12. And Wrapp and Jay Arehart scored 10 each.

“It was a great night, a lot of fun,” Lorentzen said. “We honored our seniors tonight in a fine way with our family night, just a lot of fun. I really like that we got everyone in the game tonight. Our second guys came in and played their hearts out, so a good game to win at home.”

Lee, whose squad closes the regular season against Boulder Friday at Coors Events Center, was pleased with the way his Knights moved the ball offensively, but wished the defense could have been a bit more focused.

“Horizon took advantage of some things and they hit some 3s and some tough inside shots,” Lee said. “We have to be much better defensively if we are going to move very far and we know that.”

It was only the second game in the last 11 that Fairview had not won by more than 20 points. And it was a game Horizon coach Chad Wilson felt pretty good about. After all, the Hawks have only two seniors in this year’s lineup.

“We are certainly pleased the way we played offensively,” Wilson said. “We haven’t put four quarters like that together offensively all year. But, wow. What a great team Fairview is. They move well inside and out, very hard to stop. Twenty one, a fine number on their fine season to date.”


Fairview 94, Horizon 78

At Fairview HS

HORIZON (7-15, 4-11)

Sumey 0 0-0 0, David 0 0-0 0, Chand 1 0-0 3, Engen 1 0-0 2, Rivas 7 0-1 15, Harshman 8 1-2 22, Leutschaft 0 0-0 0, Erdmann 1 0-2 2, Reffel 5 2-3 12, Gravage 0 0-0 0, Ralphs 5 1-2 14, White 4 0-0 8, Ralphs 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 4-10 78.

FAIRVIEW (21-1, 15-0)

Wrapp 4 2-2 10, Killeen 2 0-0 4, McQueeny 0 0-0 0, Pykkonen 2 0-2 5, Arehart 4 1-1 10, Lorentzen 4 3-5 12, O’Neill 13 0-0 28, Tierney 0 0-0 0, Crespi 7 0-1 19, Busatta 0 0-0 0, Pronk 1 2-4 4, Farone-Collins 1 0-0 2, Thompson 0 0-0 0. Totals 38 8-15 94.

Score by quarters:

Horizon 16 16 19 27 — 78

Fairview 20 28 24 22 — 94


3-point field goals — Horizon (10): Harshman 5, Ralphs 3, Chand, Rivas; Fairview (9): Crespi 5, O’Neill 2, Pykkonen, Arehart. Total fouls — Horizon 10, Fairview 8. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.