ERIE – Despite earning a home first-round playoff game, the Erie boys basketball team fell to 10th-seeded Wheat Ridge 60-53 on Wednesday night.

The seventh-seeded Tigers led after the first quarter and at halftime but fell behind in the third quarter. The visiting Farmers outscored the home Tigers 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

“We knew they were playing well coming in based on the things we’d heard from different people,” Tigers head coach Tim Leahy said. “One of our goals was to host the first round of the state tournament. We got to host and we got to experience that. Unfortunately we weren’t able to come out on the winning side of that. Our kids, they had a good year and we ran into another team that was playing really well at the end of the season.”

Dylan Brink led the Tigers with 15 points and Kyle Leahy scored 12. The Tigers shot 9 for 15 at the free-throw line in the loss.

The Farmers advance to face second-seeded Denver South (15-8) in the second round.


WHEAT RIDGE 60, ERIE 53

Smith 3 0-1 6, Leahy 4 3-6 12, C. Brink 1 0-0 2, D. Brink 5 4-4 15, Berringer 1 0-0 2, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Egan 3 2-2 8, Melton 1 0-2 2, Tallman 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 9-15 53.

Score by quarters:

Wheat Ridge 12 17 13 18 — 60

Erie 16 14 10 13 — 53

3-point field goals — Erie (2): Leahy, D. Brink. Total fouls — Erie 22. Fouled out — Melton, Smith.

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