Boys basketball: Fairview and Broomfield bow out in Festival semifinals

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    Fairview's Jeff Erickson goes to the basket against Arvada West's Isaiah Brewer on Wednesday. Go to for more photos.

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    Broomfield's Grant Swenson, left, goes up for a shot against Denver East's Ja'Shawn Chisel on Wednesday at Fairview High School.



Frustration tends to snowball and the more you let it get out of control, the more the opponent feeds on it and capitalizes.

It’s something the young Fairview Knights are going to have to learn to corral this season if they are to be successful.

On Wednesday night in the second semifinal of their Fairview Festival, the Knights watched visiting Arvada West maintain its composure down the stretch and use a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 58-44 victory.

The Wildcats (3-0) will play Denver East in the championship game on Friday night at 8 p.m. in The Dungeon. Fairview (1-2) will play for third place against Broomfield.

“Some of it is just learning to play through frustration; and they are a little more veteran team and took advantage of our frustration,” Knight coach Patrick Burke said. “It’s something we have to learn from.

“We did some good stuff and gave ourselves some opportunities to score; and defensively forced them to take contested shots.”

Even with hands in their faces, the Wildcats could hardly miss. The knocked down nine 3-pointers, led by Isaiah Brewer (four) and James Pelon (three).

Despite that, Fairview was gritty and late in the third quarter into the fourth. Atul Raguveer’s three-pointer early in the final quarter made it a one possession game at 44-42.

It would be as close as the Knight would get.

AWest’s run included a Fairview technical on Mark O’Neill — and gave four foul shots to Brewer, who lead all scorers with 16. Pelon added 15 for the Wildcats.

Jalen Page was the leading scorer for the Knights, finishing with nine points. Raguveer and Mark Dolan — who hit a circus buzzer-beater at the end of the second quarter — each had eight.

“If your not taking care of it on the offensive end and they are shooting it that well, it makes for a long evening,” Burke said. “We’ve got a lot to learn and are waiting for some guys to get healthy; but they are competing for 32 minutes and that’s all we can ask.”

In the first semifinal of the night, Broomfield showed no fear against vaunted Denver East — but lost 62-48.

“In the second half, we didn’t back down and played like we know how to play,” said Eagles coach Terrence Dunn, who admitted his team might have been a little intimidated by the Angels in the opening minutes. “We’ve been talking about how we are just a few steps away from being a really good team.

“And to be there, we have to beat teams like that. We are going to be easy to please and hard to satisfy.”

Broomfield (2-1) fell behind early in the first quarter, turning the ball over seven times against the high pressure Denver East defense, and didn’t have much of an answer for the Angels trio of Daylen Kountz, Clayton Finley-Ponds and Chase Neagle.

Working out of 20-9 hole is hard enough, but doing it against the Angels seems like more of a daunting task. But the Eagles never folded and went right to the rim against East.

Steven Croell was the catalyst for Broomfield, scoring 16 points and getting to the rim with ease. Senior Devin Martinez added 12 for Broomfield.

“Steven Croell did a great job getting to the paint and setting the tone with that,” Dunn said. “They are talented, so there is a small margin of error.”

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At Fairview


Kaelen Potts 0 0-0 0, Daylen Kountz 7 7-9 21, Charles Young 1 0-0 2, Ja’Shawn Chisel 2 0-0 4, Patrick Steed 1 0-0 2, Kwane Marble II 2 1-3 5, Clayton Finley-Ponds 4 4-4 12, Chase Neagle 6 0-0 16, Will Sass 0 0-0 0, Kemari Dickerson 0 0-0 0, Akanbi Akibogun 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 12-16 62.


Justin Berry 1 0-0 2, Jacob Felknor 0 0-0 0, Ryan Collins 0 1-2 1, Grant Swenson 1 2-2 5, Steven Croell 7 2-4 16, Michael Georgiton 3 0-2 6, Kip Mielke 1 3-6 6, Devin Martinez 6 0-0 12. Totals 19 8-16 48.

Score by quarters:

Denver East2020913—62

Broomfield 9161013—48

3-point field goals — Denver East (4): Neagle 4; Broomfield (2): Swenson, Mielke. Total fouls — Denver East14; Broomfield 18. Fouled out — Berry.


At Fairview


Joshua Rogers 2 3-7 8, Hayden Spiegler 3 2-2 8, Taylor Kline 2 0-0 5, James Pelon 6 0-1 15, Isaiah Brewer 4 4-6 16, Jackson Conrad 0 2-2 2, Oliver Lindeblad 0 0-0 0, Zander Lynch 2 0-0 4, Joey Call 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 11-18 58.


Andrew Cousin 0 0-0 0, Aidan Atkinson 2 0-0 4, Jalen Page 4 1-2 9, Mark O’Neill 1 0-0 2, Elliot Dineen 2 0-0 4, Atul Raguveer 2 2-2 8, Ashton Nichols 2 2-2 6, Mark Dolan 3 0-0 8, Connor Monette 0 0-0 0, Jeff Erickson 1 1-4 3. Totals 17 6-10 44.

Score by quarters:

Arvada West 15 13 14 16 — 58Fairview 17 9 12 6 — 44

3-point field goals — Arvada West (9): Brewer 4, Pelon 3, Rogers, Kline; Fairview (4): Raguveer 2, Dolan 2. Total fouls — Arvada West 14; Fairview 14. Fouled out — Dolan. Technical fouls — O’Neill.