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Boys basketball: Third-quarter surge lifts Monarch past Boulder

Monarch junior Sam Fredricksmeyer drives to the basket during the Coyotes' Front Range League win against Boulder.
Jeremy Papasso
Monarch junior Sam Fredricksmeyer drives to the basket during the Coyotes’ Front Range League win against Boulder.

BOULDER — Monarch boys basketball coach Ken Niven felt as if he’d seen this show before.

Although his Coyotes were able to take a nine-point lead into halftime of their Front Range League showdown at Boulder, Monarch nonetheless had left a number of points on the floor in the form of missed layups and erratic shooting. Those were some of the same symptoms that led to a stunning loss at Mountain Range last week.

When the third quarter began, Monarch immediately corrected those shortcomings.

The Coyotes scored the first 10 points of the second half and ultimately outscored the host Panthers 20-5 in the third quarter before cruising to a 62-36 victory.

The second-half surge was a much-needed elixir for Monarch, which dropped to No. 10 in this week’s Class 5A AP media poll after the setback at Mountain Range. Boulder, meanwhile, lost for the fourth time in five games while playing Tuesday night without head coach Eric Eisenhard, who was ill.

“It was pretty frustrating in the first half with as many easy shots as we missed,” Niven said. “We left at least 14 points on the floor. It was more of the same at Mountain Range but I think we defended better tonight. And in the second half we started finishing. There was no reason for us to be missing those shots.”

Monarch was crisp out of the gate but both teams struggled in the second quarter, combining for just 13 points as the Coyotes took a 23-14 lead into the break.

The Coyotes finally broke loose after halftime, getting six points from Jay MacIntyre in a 10-0 run that seemingly took the fight out of the Panthers. Five consecutive points from reserve forward Ryan Webb closed the frame as Monarch built a 43-19 lead going into the fourth.

“Jay really was the spark in the run in the third quarter,” Niven said. “I thought he brought a great deal of energy and I thought that was a big difference in this game.”

MacIntyre finished with 13 points and Monarch senior Ben Beauchamp led all scorers with 15 points. Yet it was Beauchamp’s defense that provided the biggest impact on the game. Matched against Boulder leading scorer Garrett Turner, Beauchamp did not allow Turner to record a field goal until the waning minutes when the game already was far out of reach.

Turner managed to finish with a team-leading 13 points, but scored just one point in the first half and was forced to do most of his damage at the free throw line, where he went 8 for 10.

“People are going to give me the credit because I was on him, but if we’re not gapping him and I don’t have that help defense he probably would’ve scored 20 with the lanes he had,” Beauchamp said. “We played great team defense tonight and we really shut him down.”

With undefeated Fossil Ridge on track to claim the league crown, the win keeps Monarch just one game behind Fort Collins for second-place in the Front Range League with three games regular-season games remaining. Boulder will try to get back on track against cross-town rival Fairview on Saturday night at the Coors Events Center.

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Monarch 62, Boulder 36

At Boulder H.S.

MONARCH (16-4, 10-3)

Sam Fredricksmeyer 2 1-2 5, Ben Beauchamp 5 2-2 15, Jay MacIntyre 5 2-6 13, Shawn Kirkman 0 2-2 2, Erik Lawson 4 1-2 9, Ryan Webb 2 3-3 7, Kylor Johnson 1 0-0 2, Mac Rowan 0 0-0 0, Steve Hoban 2 3-4 7, Minda Katilius 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 14-21 62.

BOULDER (12-8, 7-6)

Tommy Baumgartner 0 0-0 0, Garrett Turner 2 8-10 13, Joe Szarmach 1 0-0 3, Cooper Bohm 1 0-0 2, Leif Blessing 0 0-0 0, Christian Feiler 2 0-0 4, Bill DiScipio 1 0-1 2, Collin Heimbach 2 0-0 4, Jack Boyle 1 0-0 2, Landon Taliaferro 2 0-0 6. Totals 12 8-11 36.

Score by quarters:

Monarch 17 6 20 19 — 62

Boulder 7 7 5 17 — 36

3-point field goals — Monarch (4): Beauchamp 3, MacIntyre; Boulder (4): Taliaferro 2, Szarmach, Turner. Total fouls — Monarch 17, Boulder 18.



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