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Boys basketball: Broomfield works together to get first win of season

Eagles use balanced attack in win over Castle View

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Ryan Collins takes a shot over Paridisio Dante during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Mark Georgiton takes a shot over a swarm of defenders during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Andrew Purdum moves the ball down the court during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School boys basketball Head Coach Terrence Dunn talks with his team in a time out during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Grant Swenson goes for a layup after a fast break during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Justin Spencer goes for a layup during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Ryan Collins takes a shot over Caleb Hanchett during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Andrew Purdum takes a shot over Caleb Hanchett during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Dec. 11, 2019: Broomfield High School's Justin Spencer takes a shot during a game against Castle View on Wednesday during the Fairview Festival Tournament in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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BOULDER — With the full roster now back together after the lengthened football season, the Broomfield Eagles are looking closer to the team they expect to be for the upcoming basketball season.

Close losses to Longmont and Manual put the team in a hole to start the season, but the Eagles came out on top 67-44 over Castle View (3-2) in the consolation bracket of the Fairview Festival preseason tournament Wednesday afternoon.

The shortened roster last week and football players still working to get in the groove for basketball has forced Broomfield (1-2) to use an all-hands approach to start the season. Everyone on the roster has played minutes so far and expect to continue to do so in the early stages. That approach paid off with the first win of the season in Boulder.

“It felt really good,” Broomfield’s Landon Nattrass said. “We worked hard in practice all week and were prepping for everything. We were able to get it done today.”

Both offenses flourished in the first quarter with 32 combined points and a pair of lead changes with Broomfield getting the slim lead 17-15. From that point, the game was controlled by the Eagles, using a big run in each of the final three quarters to pull away.

Grant Swenson and Andrew Purdum started the run in the second quarter by getting to the rim. Ball movement from all five players on the court also opened up looks inside, along with open 3-pointers, to help score 16 points in the quarter. Eight of the 12 shots made from the field came off an assist in the first half and helped Broomfield take a 33-19 lead at the break.

“I think we simplified it,” Broomfield’s Ryan Collins said. “Instead of trying to take multiple offenses and combine them, we just simplified it to pass and cut.”

More passing and second-chance shots off offensive rebounds got the lead to 16 points in the third quarter and sparked a big run that extended into the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach and allowed Broomfield to open its entire bench in the final minutes.

Eight players scored in the win, led by Swenson with 20 points from 6-of-10 shooting from the field and making all six free throws. Carson Briggs was the other player to reach double figures with 10. Collins and Kevin McMahon controlled the paint and scored inside from passes and offensive rebounds to combine for 17 points.

“Everybody got the ball and did what they needed to do to get the win,” Nattrass said.

Out of 25 shots made from the field, 15 came off an assist, a positive sign for the team to build off moving forward. Broomfield also won the turnover game by forcing 22 turnovers and outrebounded Castle View 29-27.

The first win now in the books, Broomfield returns to Fairview on Friday for the final round of the Fairview Festival tournament, and with a full team coming together this week, they are hoping to capitalize on its newfound momentum from the first win of the season.

“I think chemistry is a big deal when you’re playing basketball,” Collins said. “Once we get more practices together, it will be a lot better. We’re hoping to come out of the week 2-2. That’s all we can ask for right now.”