BOULDER — Call it a voluntary reaction.
When the Shining Mountain boys needed a push, this time they got it. And surprisingly, for a team now 10-4 with a victory against Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Saturday afternoon, it’s been a while since the Lions could say that.
The Lions stopped a three-game losing streak by coming through with a balanced attack against the Eagles, particularly in the third and fourth quarters when the visitors had made it a game.
Luke Feigal and Avery Sears were clutch in the third frame, and Robbie Smith helped close out a 62-45 league win, moving the Lions to 4-1 in the 5280 League.
“Coming off a skid, it was nice to come out and get a win. We had a couple real close games that we couldn’t pull out in the end,” said Feigal, who finished with 15 points to lead a multi-faceted scoring offense for the Lions. “We’re pretty used to being in close games this year.”
For Shining Mountain, it was nice to be on the comfortable side of a lopsided score. They had recently lost a pair of games by scores of 55-52 (against Haxtun) and 67-66 (Jim Elliott), then were dismantled by Class 3A Kent Denver (71-37) earlier this week.
Saturday’s game, however, wasn’t that way entirely from the get-go. The Lions built a 29-10 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Eagles (7-7, 2-3), whittled that down to 31-22 by halftime with free throws and a 6 for 13 shooting effort.
When Rocky Mountain Lutheran’s Jordan Cothran made a 3-pointer as the first points out of the locker room, it became a 31-25 game. But head coach Sean Lynch trusted his team enough to go forward without a time out, allowing the squad to work through it on the court.
And they did, led by Feigal. After Sears made a pair of free throws to make it 33-25 at the 6:37 mark, Feigal hit a jump shot 20 seconds later and then knocked down another one with 5:33 left in the third. That run extended to 10-0, and Shining Mountain regained an advantage that stayed in double-digits the rest of the way.
“Luke was knocking down shots the whole game, but there were teammates finding him with passes in transition and against the zone (defense),” Lynch said. “We had contributions from all over, and Luke and Avery contributed in a big way.”
“I think it was a team effort, and it’s just us preparing for close games when they come,” Sears said after a 12-point outing in addition to two blocked shots. “The past three games we’ve lost, and that really motivated us for this game.”
Alex Beal finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Smith scored 14 — including seven in the second quarter and seven more in the fourth frame.
“In the third quarter, we took better care of the ball and it helped us get a little more set on defense,” Lynch said. “The whole game, when we were set on defense, I thought we were solid.”
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Shining Mountain 62, Rocky Mountain Lutheran 45
At Shining Mountain H.S.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN (7-7, 2-3)
Beagle 1 0-0 2, Shade 1 1-1 3, Wiedersberg 1 0-0 2, Hahm 5 0-2 10, Sievert 1 6-6 9, Uhlhorn 2 0-2 4, Cothran 6 0-0 15. Totals 17 7-11 45.
SHINING MOUNTAIN (10-4, 4-1)
Alex Beal 6 1-1 14, Luke Feigal 6 0-0 15, Avery Sears 4 4-4 12, Robbie Smith 6 2-3 14, Jordan Cherin 0 1-2 1, Gray Hill 2 0-0 4, Alec Evans 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 8-10 62.
Score by quarters:
Rocky Mtn. Lutheran 4 18 5 18 — 45
Shining Mountain 14 17 15 16 — 62
3-point field goals — RML (4): Cothran 3, Sievert; Shining Mountain (4): Beal, Feigal 3.