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LOVELAND — The crushing part of a defeat doesn’t always come late. Sometimes it’s the early blows in a game that do the most damage.

Frederick’s boys basketball team lived through it in Tuesday night’s Class 4A state tournament game at Thompson Valley. The Eagles’ Trent Baisley came off the bench and hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of the first quarter, giving the hosts a 20-7 lead at the first break. It proved to be too much for the Warriors to overcome in a 70-51 loss that ends their season break-even at 12-12.

“We just didn’t have the energy to get back in this thing when we fell down by nine, 10 points at the end of the first quarter,” Frederick coach Larry Frank said. “They hit those 3s. We had a good game plan. We just didn’t execute it.”

Thompson Valley (13-11) gunned away from behind the arc all night, hitting eight of its 26 attempts. The tough part is nearly all of them were good, clean looks as Frederick struggled with help defense throughout the game.

Giving up too many offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to eight points, also proved costly. Thompson Valley’s Jonny Pomerleau did damage there early, getting three caroms he helped turn into points. Then the junior guard would haunt them late.

Throughout the game, Frederick made little pushes, but the Eagles always countered.

The biggest charge came in the third quarter as Frederick guard Lucas Adams shot his team back into contention, scoring eight of his 13 in the third stanza to cut the Eagles’ lead to 48-42 heading into the fourth.

But any momentum the Warriors had at the point was torched when Pomerleau hit a 3-pointer coming out of the gates, then added a pair of free throws to get the margin back up to double-digits. The closest the Warriors came after that was 55-47 with 5:47 to go, but Thompson Valley held its guests scoreless for the next 4:36 while running off 10 straight to put the game on ice.

What TVHS coach Josh Robinson liked best was the way his bench played, and it didn’t stop with Baisley’s first-half 11. Estevan Garcia hit some key shots, and Sam Baca gave the team great minutes when Karsen Buschjost (10 points, eight boards) and Collin Smith (eight points) were saddled with foul trouble. Grant Rohrbouck’ 10 gave the Eagles four in double figures.

“That’s just it,” Robinson said. “We had good bench production. We talked to the kids a lot about when they go in and they’re called upon, do their job. We need to do it, and tonight they did it, and it pushed us through.”

Thompson Valley 70, Frederick 51

At Thompson Valley HS

FREDERICK (12-12)

Lucas Adams 3 5-7 13, Dalton Hall 2 1-2 6, Nathan Harrison 3 0-0 7, Cody Mulvin 0 0-0 0, Ryan Miller 2 2-2 6, Jayden McGraw 2 1-2 5, Christian Martinez 2 0-0 5, Michael Broz 0 2-2 2, Zach Gomez 1 0-0 3, Brady Dill 0 0-0 0, Joe Wise 1 0-1 2, Chris Burgess 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 13-17 51.

THOMPSON VALLEY (13-11)

Jonny Pomerleau 4 4-6 14, Mike Olivas 1 2-2 4, Grant Rohrbouck 2 4-5 10, Karsen Buschjost 4 2-2 10, Collin Smith 3 1-2 8, Trent Baisley 4 0-0 11, Estevan Garcia 3 0-0 6, Sam Baca 3 0-0 6, Garrett Smith 0 0-0 0, Jesse Shaw 0 1-2 1, Spencer Shook 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 14-19 70.

Score by quarters:

Frederick 7 19 16 9 — 51

Thompson Valley 20 16 12 22 — 70

3-point field goals — Frederick (6): Adams 2, Hall, Harrison, Martinez, Gomez; Thompson Valley (8): Pomerleau 2, Rohrbouck 2, Smith, Baisley 3. Total fouls — Frederick 16, Thompson Valley 17. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

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