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Boys basketball: Carter scores 35 as Fairview routs Chatfield

Knights junior proves shifty against Chargers

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LITTLETON — Fairview junior Greysen Carter pulls up for another bucket as part of his career night in a win over Chatfield on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.
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LITTLETON — Fairview’s Greysen Carter had no trouble setting a career high in points Friday night.

So much so, he made sure his next try at it would be more difficult.

Carter beat his previous best of 22 points by the second quarter and ended up with 35 in the Knights’ 86-52 win over Chatfield.

The junior repeatedly beat defenders to the rim with nifty ball handling and got to the line for and-1s. His teammates found him streaking away on fast breaks. And when he didn’t fester the Chargers down the lane, he pulled up with a crisp finish.

Now the question is: How do you top that?

“I don’t know, just start knocking down more 3s and get more 2s,” Carter grinned. “We’ll see what happens. Points are points, I’m just here to play and help our team get a win.”

The Knights, the first team out of the last CHSAANow.com rankings from December, made a solid case to move up, dominating the Chargers on both sides of the court in their first game since Dec. 21.

Next, they head into league play after a 7-3 nonconference slate that included overtime losses to No. 6 Eaglecrest and previously ranked Cherry Creek.

“We had a good couple of practices and one of the things I really appreciate about this group is their willingness to compete and get after it,” Fairview coach Patrick Burke said. “It wasn’t pretty the first couple of possessions, I think there were three turnovers right off the bat for both teams. But they turned it up.”

And then some.

Carter had 10 straight points as part of a 19-0 run to put the Knights ahead 45-17 with 3:17 remaining in the opening half. He surpassed his previous high in points with a driving layup past defenders just 10:57 into the game.

Coming in, Carter led the team averaging 17.4 points.

Friday, Most of his 14 makes came inside the paint. His game this season has transformed from a year ago when he relied more on his outside shot while averaging 10.6 points a night.

“He’s a guy that over the winter break I know he’s going to be in the gym working on his game, and it shows,” Burke said. “He’s a big kid. He’s strong, he’s physical, he finishes in the paint. He’s tough to defend. Last year, he was kind of more of a perimeter guy. This year, he’s been more of a post guy for us. We know he can play inside-out.”

Jalen Page added 13 in the Knights’ third win in four games. Mark O’Neill had 10.

The Fairview starters sat for good with 5 minutes remaining.

The Knights host Loveland Jan. 10.