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Boys basketball: Fairview falls victim to second-half surge by No. 2 Overland

Knights move to 1-1 while playing tough early schedule

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    Fairview's Grant Page makes a pass on the perimeter as the Knights play Overland on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora

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    Fairview's Greysen Carter, right, tries to drive while Overland's Marcus Cuasito awaits during their game played on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora.

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    Roane Edwards of Fairview tries to get past an Overland defender during their game on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora.

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    Fairview's Jalen Page, right, looks for Grant Page on the wing as the Knights take on Overland on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora.

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    Fairview's TJ Williams, right, sets his feet defensively during the Knights basketball game against Overland on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora.

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    Fairview's TJ Williams, left, gets inside for a layup attempt against Overland on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora.

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    Fairview's Greysen Carter, right, shoots the basketball over Overland's Valentinas Ulinas during their game played on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora.

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    Brody Pinto of Fairview, right, takes a tough path to the basket for a shot attempt during their game against Overland on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Aurora.

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    Fairview's Grant Page, right, finds a bit of room to put up a floating jumper during their game against Overland on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

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AURORA – The Fairview boys basketball team certainly did not make things easy on themselves when scheduling the early portion of its 2019-20 season schedule.

On Tuesday, the Knights opened the new campaign with a contest against Chaparral, which entered the winter ranked No. 6 in the CHSAANow.com preseason poll. The unranked Fairview boys won by six points.

Three days later on Friday, the Knights ventured several rungs higher up the statewide ladder to take on No. 2-ranked Overland on the road. The Knights didn’t fare so well in their second leg of their tour through the preseason top 10, falling 74-47 after trailing by just four points at halftime.

“We knew we’d have some guys back and I thought we’d have an opportunity to be pretty good,” Knights head coach Patrick Burke said of the team’s early gauntlet. “Our first game and our first half tonight is something to build on, and our second half is something to learn from. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to go play the best and see where you’re at.”

Both the Knights (1-1) and the Trailblazers (3-0) were playing a bit shorthanded on Friday night. Fairview’s starting point guard, Mark O’Neill, is playing in a national soccer tournament in Florida. Overland’s 6-foot-10 star forward Graham Ike missed the game with a knee injury he sustained on Thursday night.

With junior Roane Edwards scoring eight of his 11 points in the first half while filling in at point guard, the Knights pushed the Trailblazers to a 32-28 score at halftime. In the second half, however, Overland held Fairview to seven points in the third quarter and pulled away from there.

“I thought we came out and played a really good first half, played with a lot of energy and a lot of heart,” Burke said. “We didn’t take care of the ball as well as we should have and they got some easy buckets off of offensive rebounds. In the first half, we looked really good. Then it started to snowball.

“We’ve got a ways to go but what we saw in the first half, I think, is who we are and what we’ll be able to do going forward.”

Fairview junior Greysen Carter, who score 21 points in the Knights’ season opener, led the Knights with 17 points but was held to just six in the second half.

The Knights will continue their season on Monday against Arvada West in the first round of their home tournament, the Fairview Festival.