LAFAYETTE — Broomfield failed to produce as pronounced a win against Centaurus Tuesday as in the teams’ first meeting. But even with the fourth-ranked Eagles a bit off, BHS still dominated.
Broomfield walked away from its Northern League rival’s gym with a 68-46 win, producing strong showings at both ends of the court. The Eagles’ play immediately after tip-off sent them soaring to remain undefeated in conference play.
Broomfield forced three turnovers in the first 2 minutes of play to jump out to a 7-0 lead. The early fireworks did not knock the Warriors out of the game, but they did set a solid foundation for the Eagles’ win.
“Game like this, you’ve got to come out with defense and then make your easy buckets,” Broomfield guard Nick Ongarato said. “If you do that, everything else comes easy.”
Broomfield (21-1, 13-0) took some time to really hit its stride, but when it did in the second period it blew up against Centaurus (8-13, 5-8).
The Eagles finished the period with 22 points, with Ongarato and Austin Wood finding their touches on offense. The guards combined early in the period to give their team its first double-digit lead of the game with sharp shooting from the perimeter.
The pair sparked an 11-2 run around the 7-minute mark, with the guards initiating a big evening from behind the arc. Ongarato and Wood each hit 3-pointers in the run.
The seniors only got stronger from there, with Wood finishing with 14 points and Ongarato coming up with a game-high 17.
“We weren’t really up for this game, so we had to come out and play through it,” Ongarato said. “We just had to create some energy.”
Centaurus was up and down throughout the game. The streaky play really hit the team’s offense, with the Warriors scoring in the single digits in the first and third periods.
When the team did find its rhythm, it made a solid showing — especially with its inside game. Nate McGinley continually found the seam in the lane, driving the paint for a team-high 16 points. And the senior got plenty of support from Austin Tunquist.
The 6-foot-4 forward finished the night with 12 points coming on strong in the second half. The senior was able to get behind Broomfield’s defense in the final 16 minutes of play, scoring nine of his points out of half.
“Once we got into our rhythm and understood what they were trying to do, it was a lot easier to get the ball inside,” Tunquist said.
The game was a tighter affair than when Broomfield beat Centaurus Jan. 20, by nearly 50 points. And while the loss was not exactly a feather in the Warriors’ cap, the team believed it put some wind at its back.
“Hopefully we carry some of this momentum and beat Niwot on Thursday night,” Tunquist said.
Broomfield 68, Centaurus 46
At Centaurus HS
BROOMFIELD (21-0, 13-0)
Perse 2 0-0 4, Ongarato 7 0-0 17, Roylance 3 0-0 8, Wood 6 0-0 14, Reeb 3 3-4 9, Kihn 3 2-2 8, Jones 1 0-0 2, Jensen 2 2-2 6. Total 27 7-8 68.
CENTAURUS (8-13, 5-8)
Giltner 0 0-2 0, McGinley 6 3-3 16, Jordan 2 0-0 6, Wilkinson 0 2-2 2, Schrader 1 0-0 3, Tunquist 5 2-4 12, Ellington 0 2-4 2, Puckett 1 2-2 5. Total 15 11-17 46.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 11 22 16 19 — 68
Centaurus 8 13 9 17 — 46
3-point field goals — Broomfield (7): Ongarato 3, Roylance 2, Wood 2; Centaurus (4): McGinley, Jordan 2, Puckett. Total fouls — Broomfield 16, Centaurus 12. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.