Boys basketball: Boulder beats Legacy on Kang’s last second winner

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    Boulder High School's Davis Kang, at center, celebrates his game winning shot with teammates after defeating Legacy in a basketball game on Tuesday in Boulder. Go to for more photos.

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    Boulder High School's Davis Kang goes for a layup during a game against Legacy in a basketball game on Tuesday in Boulder. Go to for more photos.

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    Boulder High School's Connor Ericksen-Dunn goes for a layup over Dorian Jackson during a game against Legacy in a basketball game on Tuesday in Boulder.

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    Legacy High School's Caden Sehr gets a steal during a game against Boulder in a basketball game on Tuesday in Boulder. Go to for more photos.



BOULDER — What’s trending the past few days in Boulder? Well, if you’re talking basketball, rushing the court has got to be up there.

The Boulder boys basketball team added to the recent onslaught of big time victories around the area on Tuesday night, not so much because of beating a team with prowess — they definitely did that with a 50-49 home win over now 9-3 Legacy — but more so by the way it was done.

Senior Davis Kang finished off a remarkable final 23 seconds for the Panthers with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.8 ticks left on the clock, and the students supporting their schoolmates were in the mood to celebrate the victory by wreaking havoc in the middle of the floor — before they had to be cleared for one final Legacy possession.

The Lightning couldn’t get the inbound toss cleanly, and those donning the purple and gold were able to officially celebrate a win that puts BHS at 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the Front Range League.

“We just have to come out and bring it every night in this league, and we had a couple of slumps in this game, but we just have to stay after it and get better,” said Kang, who finished with 20 points as Boulder rallied from eight points down with 2:41 to go. “That’s everybody staying confident and playing with each other, confident in what we’ve practiced all summer and fall for.”

The Panthers struggled all night long with free throws (finished 13-for-26 at the line) and managed to miss 11 of their first 14 3-point attempts, but ironically it came down to Kang hitting two free throws with 14.4 seconds to go before getting the chance to win it for Boulder from the perimeter.

The free throws brought Boulder to within 49-47 of Legacy (0-1 FRL), and that’s when the Panthers revved up their full-court pressure defense in hopes of a steal. Caleb Wehmuller was able to get in the way of a pass from the corner back down underneath the Boulder basket and with a stoppage in play and 8.7 seconds left, the Panthers gained possession.

A high screen from Miller Davison set Kang up at the top of the key, and he swished his fourth 3-pointer, two of which came in the final quarter.

“That game, we really had nothing to lose at that point and Caleb just kind of had to sell out … but I think overall all of our guys did great with the next-play mentality,” said Boulder head coach Jack Clarke. “Davis, he’s been a pillar of our program for four years. He’s earned that opportunity to make that shot, and it was a big spot.”

Caden Sehr finished with 12 points for Legacy, and his 3-pointer with 2:41 left gave his team their biggest lead of the game at 46-38. Kang responded in the same way just 15 seconds later to make it 46-41, and a Kang jumper from just inside the key with 1:04 left made it 47-45.

The senior just kept making plays, but he heaped praise on Wehmuller, who had 16 points, and the rest of the younger BHS players for battling.

“I think those sophomores bring a naive kind of mindset where, sometimes I might be thinking we aren’t going to win a game but they’re just still playing and getting after it,” Kang said. “That’s great to have on our team.”

Legacy was averaging 58.4 points a game in running out to a great start, but Boulder’s defense was again stingy for the most part. Legacy trailed 22-18 at the break before a 19-point third quarter, but they had five turnovers in the pivotal fourth.

“Boulder does a great job making teams uncomfortable and it was an awesome test for us,” LHS head coach Connor Clay said. “It sucks to lose, and it sucks to talk about it right after, but there’s excitement about this team and how we can handle adversity and bounce back. How we respond to that pressure from here on out.”

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Boulder 50, Legacy 49

At Boulder HS

LEGACY (9-3, 0-1)

Borelli 2 0-0 4, Boeckenstadt 1 0-0 2, Wagner 0 0-0 0, Mullins 0 0-0 0, Sehr 3 4-5 12, Hanes 0 0-0 0, Olson 5 1-4 12, Servantez 0 0-0 0, Weber 1 0-0 3, Stapleton 3 0-1 7, Jackson 3 3-4 9. Totals 18 8-14 49.

BOULDER (6-4, 2-0)

Riley 1 0-0 2, Peterson 1 1-3 3, Kang 5 6-8 20, Tebo 0 0-0 0, Erickson-Dunn 0 0-0 0, Turner 1 1-6 3, Wehmuller 5 5-10 16, Davison 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 13-26 50.

Score by quarters:

Legacy 6121912—49


3-point field goals — Legacy (5): Sehr 2, Olson, Weber, Stapleton; Boulder (5): Kang 4, Wehmuller. Technical fouls — Legacy scorebook.