BROOMFIELD – Fairview coach Patrick Burke sounded winded after his team’s latest hold-your-breath victory on Friday night.

“All these close games are aging me about five years a game,” he said.

Breathe easy, coach.

Mark Dolan scored 22 of his 24 points after the halftime break, Ashton Nichols added 16 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter, and the Knights made enough crucial plays down the stretch to beat Broomfield in overtime 74-72.

“We always talk about finding a way to finish,” Fairview’s coach said. “They’ve done a phenomenal job. They have big hearts up and down the bench. It takes everyone.”

It certainly did on this night.

Fairview (9-6, 4-1 5A Front Range) rallied in the final 11 seconds of regulation, scoring a quick four points to force overtime. After Mark O’Neill cut the deficit to 64-62, Atul Raguveer picked off the ensuing inbounds pass and fed Jalen Page for the tying layup.

Then in overtime, Raguveer and Dolan hit consecutive 3s and the Knights held on after the Eagles (9-6, 2-2) missed two chances to win the game in the final 10 seconds.

Fairview has now won five straight – all by eight or fewer.

“Depend on the guy next to you and good things happen,” said Page, who had his hand wrapped late in the fourth due to a bloody cut. “Whatever it takes.”

Michael Georgiton led Broomfield with 21 points, while Steven Croell added 15 points.

The Eagles came back from a nine-point deficit in the final six minutes of regulation to take a late lead. In the final minute, Croell — crowded by two defenders in the backcourt — heaved a full-court pass to a wide-open Devin Martinez, who dunked it, to the delight of the home fans, to make 63-59. But it didn’t stick.

The Eagles had their chances in OT, too.

Down 73-72, Croell had a 3 go in and out with 8 seconds remaining. After then fouling Raguveer, who went 1 of 2 from the line to make it 74-72, Tanner Garner had his last-second 3 blocked by O’Neill.

“It was a tough one,” Georgiton said. “Tonight was about defense and doing the little things, and I don’t think we did enough of it.”

Fairview hit 10 3s – six by Dolan — to Broomfield’s one. The Eagles, though, outrebounded the Knights by double digits and finished with 12 offensive boards.

“I thought we worked hard tonight,” Eagles coach Terrence Dunn said, “but I don’t know if we worked smart.”

Broomfield led 27-23 at the half, using a 6-0 run in the final 49 seconds to take a lead. Dolan helped the Knights take back the lead with lights-out shooting in the third. He had 14 points in the quarter and was 4 for 4 from deep.

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Fairview 74, Broomfield 72 OT

At Broomfield

FAIRVIEW (9-6, 4-1 5A Front Range)

Cousin 0 0-0 0, Blackburn 3 2-2 9, Atkinson 0 0-0 0, Page 3 4-4 11, O’Neill 3 3-4 9, Dineen 0 0-0 0, Raguveer 1 2-4 5, Nichols 6 3-6 16, Dolan 9 0-0 24, Monette 0 0-0 0, Erickson 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-20 74..

BROOMFIELD (9-6, 2-2)

Berry 2 0-0 4, Felknor 2-2 2, Collins 2 1-2 5, Swenson 1 0-0 2, Croell 4 7-8 15, Georgiton 8 4-5 21, Mielke 0 0-0 0, Jaramillo 0 0-0 0, Garner 3 4-4 10, Martinez 6 1-3 13. Totals 26 19-24 72.

Score by quarters:



3-point field goals — Fairview (10): Dolan 6, Nichols, Raguveer, Page, Atkinson; Broomfield (1): Georgiton.