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Boys basketball: Broomfield’s stout defense solved by Valor Christian

Broomfield's Dan Perse, left, and Spenser Reeb, center, double-team Valor Christian's Chase Foster during Friday night's state semifinal game at the Coors Events Center.
MARK LEFFINGWELL
Broomfield’s Dan Perse, left, and Spenser Reeb, center, double-team Valor Christian’s Chase Foster during Friday night’s state semifinal game at the Coors Events Center.

BOULDER — Broomfield boys basketball racked up points on opponents in the Class 4A state tournament. But the Eagles pushed deep in to the postseason off their ability to slow down some of the state’s hottest scorers.

To start Friday’s semifinals, it appeared Broomfield was going down the same path against Valor Christian. But Valor turned out to be one of the most productive teams BHS faced all season.

Valor’s 75 points in a 75-74 win over Broomfield matched the most BHS has given away this season. The only other team to score more than 65 points on the Eagles turned out to be the other state finalist.

Defending 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer downed Broomfield on Dec. 7, 75-53. But the Rangers spread out their scoring, while Valor turned to its top two scorers.

Chase Foster finished the Final Four game with 25 points and Garret Baggett 20. Broomfield held the rest of Valor’s lineup in single digits.

BROOMFIELD TAKES A BLOW TO THE ROSTER

A top-performing program such as Broomfield has a pipeline to new talent. But it is certain the Eagles will miss this year’s senior class.

The seven seniors who suited up for the Eagles in Friday’s Class 4A state semifinals formed the backbone of the team. Each played more than 20 games on the season and were the team’s top shooters, rebounders and leaders.

Evan Kihn, Dan Perse and Spenser Reeb were among the most productive of the class. The three averaged a combined 40.0 points per game and 17.8 rebounds.

FAMILIAR NAME LEAD RANGERS TO FINALS

A year ago in the Class 4A state tournament, all eyes were on Lewis-Palmer. The team boasted the top instate recruit, forward Josh Scott.

Now with the big man plying his trade at the University of Colorado, the Rangers have not received as much fanfare. But a familiar name has been helping the team make just as much noise.

Jordan Scott, Josh’s younger brother, has Lewis-Palmer on the road to a title defense. The forward on Friday night, helped the Rangers past scrappy Wasson with 15 points. And he has come up with solid performances all through the tournament.

The senior’s Final Four showing was the 12th time in the past 13 outings where he has broken into double digits.

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