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    Fairview's Mark O'Neill drives to the hoop during Wednesday's game with visiting Heritage.

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    Fairview's Jeff Erickson goes up for a basket during Wednesday's game with visiting Heritage.

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    Fairview's Mark O'Neill tries to drive past Matt Lawrence of Heritage during Wednesday's game at Fairview.

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    Fairview's Jalen Page goes up for a shot while being defended by Eric Olson of Heritage Wednesday night.



BOULDER — The Fairview boys basketball team has been anxiously waiting for its best shooter to break out of a slump that plagued him through the first month of the season and some extra shooting over the winter break appears to have corrected whatever was holding junior Mark Dolan back.

So far in 2018, Dolan is on fire and the Knights are undefeated. Sure, Dolan’s 25-point outburst on Wednesday night was just one good night and the 57-40 home victory over Heritage (2-7) it led to was just one win in a long season.

But winning their first game of the new year the way they did with their sharpshooter dialed in left the Knights feeling really good about their direction with Front Range League play beginning on Friday.

“It feels great to start 1-0 in 2018,” Dolan said. “I’m glad I got over that slump. I’ve been shooting a lot lately and I had a good shootaround this morning. I made my first couple shots and then made a couple at the free-throw line and then they really started falling.”

Fairview (4-5) led the game from start to finish and Dolan hardly played in the fourth quarter along with the other Knights starters. Three quarters was plenty of playing time for Dolan to hit seven 3-pointers and eclipse the 20-point plateau for the first time in his career.

Sophomore Jalen Page, who is averaging a team-leading 16.7 points, added 12 points and all but one Knights player that entered the game scored. Coming away with a win at the end of a game in which they played well was a relief for the Knights after losing their final two games before the winter break by one point each.

“We’ve been working on our defense a lot and we did some really good things tonight,” Fairview head coach Patrick Burke said. “We took some charges, which is a staple of ours that we like to make sure that we do. That fueled some of the energy that we had, that and Mark Dolan hitting some shots that we know he can make. I think he’s got it back and that always helps a lot. We talked about defending and rebounding and we did that as well as we did in all of 2017.”

Paced by a big first half from Dolan and Page, the Knights scored twice as many points as Heritage in the first two quarters and led 34-17 at halftime. The Knights will begin conference play at home on Friday against Poudre. That game will also be alumni night.

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Fairview 57, Heritage 40

At Fairview H.S.


Blackburn 3 0-0 6, Atkinson 1 1-2 3, Page 5 2-3 12, O’Neill 1 0-0 2, Dineen 1 1-3 3, Nichols 0 0-0 0, Dolan 8 2-2 25, Erickson 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 6-10 57.


Zaragoza 0 2-3 2, Majewski 0 2-2 2, Mosia 4 0-2 8, Randall 3 0-0 6, Young 1 2-2 4, McClure 2 0-1 4, Wing 0 0-0 0, Lawrence 5 1-3 12, Van Denend 1 0-0 2, Olson 0 0-0 0, Freeman 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-13 40.

Score by quarters:

Heritage 611815—40

Fairview 18161211—57

3-point field goals — Heritage (1): Lawrence; Fairview (7): Dolan 7. Total fouls — Heritage 16, Fairview 18. Fouled out — Mosia.