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Boys basketball: Monarch edges Legacy in overtime for fifth straight win

Greg Gerhardt hits winner as Coyotes open league play with victory

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    MONARCH, CO - Monarch High School's AJ Tennessen takes a shot during a game against Legacy on Wednesday in Broomfield.

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    MONARCH, CO - Monarch High School's Deuce Humphrey takes a show over a swarm of defenders during a game against Legacy on Wednesday in Broomfield.

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    MONARCH, CO - Legacy High School's Ethan Wise takes a shot during a game against Monarch on Wednesday in Broomfield.

  • MONARCH, CO - Legacy High School's Eli Barrow takes a shot over Greg Gerhardt during a game against Monarch on Wednesday in Broomfield. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    MONARCH, CO - Monarch High School's Trey Stewart takes a shot Eli Barrow during a game against Legacy on Wednesday in Broomfield.

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    MONARCH, CO - Legacy High School's Macully Sehr takes a shot during a game against Monarch on Wednesday in Broomfield.

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    MONARCH, CO - Monarch High School's Brayden Barry takes a shot during a game against Legacy on Wednesday in Broomfield.

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    MONARCH, CO - Legacy High School's Macully Sehr takes a shot during a game against Monarch on Wednesday in Broomfield.

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    MONARCH, CO - Monarch High School's Joey Covington goes for a layup during a game against Legacy on Wednesday in Broomfield.

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BROOMFIELD — Four quarters was not enough for the Legacy Lightning and Monarch Coyotes in their Front Range League opener on Wednesday.

Legacy rallied from down 10 points with five minutes remaining and forced the overtime period. The two teams traded baskets and the lead in the extra frame. Free throws from Legacy’s Eli Barrow put them in front, but Greg Gerhardt hit an open jumper along the base line that resulted in the game-winning field goal for Monarch (7-3, 1-0) in a 59-58 overtime thriller on Wednesday.

“These kids are wonderful and don’t stop fighting,” Monarch coach Tim DeBerry said. “I can’t ask for anymore out of them. They may turn the ball over, but they always try to get it back. I’m proud of the team.”

Monarch got possession after Barrow’s two free throws with less than a minute remaining and ran a motion set with dribbles and passes moving the ball side to side on the court. A drive from the top of the key opened up a spot along the base line for Gerhardt to pop out to from the block and receive a pass for an open shot attempt in the mid-range. The junior made the shot with 16 seconds left to put Monarch back in front.

“We just ran motion, (Gerhardt) popped out, caught the ball and knocked it down,” DeBerry said. “It was not a set play. We just tried to run our stuff.”

The Coyotes still needed a stop on the final possession to hang on for the win. Legacy drew a play to get the ball to Gavin Poxson at the top of the key with time to drive to the rim. When he did drive it and help defense came to stop him, he kicked the ball to Macully Sehr in the corner for a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. His shot clanked off the front of the rim and the ball fell to the floor with no time remaining.

Wednesday’s win extends the current win streak for Monarch to five straight games and gives them a 1-0 start in the league in the process. This season has seen many close calls for the Coyotes with six games decided by five points or fewer. Monarch has won five of those six games and Wednesday gives them its second overtime win of the season.

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Monarch High School’s Brayden Barry takes a shot during a game against Legacy on Wednesday in Broomfield.

“We play well down the stretch,” Monarch’s Joey Covington said. “We focus down the stretch. We can come out a little slow, but we usually come back.”

Matt Chen led Monarch with 14 points and Covington scored 11. Nine different players scored in the win.

Monarch needed to win in overtime after Legacy (3-9, 0-1) found life in the fourth quarter from Sehr hitting shots from the perimeter and Poxson getting looks in close and from deep. The two combined for 10 of the final 12 points in the quarter and also set up the jump shot from Will Thurston that tied the game at 47.

“We played our game,” Sehr said. “We weren’t forcing shots. We ran our offense and stayed poised. Shots just began to fall.”
Poxson sparked Legacy with a big second quarter on offense and scored 13 points in the first half to put the Lightning up 28-24 at the break. The offense fizzled in the third quarter with just four points but caught life in the fourth starting with Sehr, who led all scorers with 19 while Poxson finished with 17.

Both teams are set to continue Front Range League play on Friday. For Monarch, they return home to face the Greeley West Spartans and try to keep their win streak going.

“We’ve been finding ways to win,” Covington said. “It’s been very exciting. We just try to get better so that in these close games we can make the right decisions down the stretch.”

As for Legacy, the Lightning will travel to face the Rocky Mountain Lobos. Despite a 3-9 record, the team feels they can get things turned around and win in their league.

“We have to win every single possession,” Sehr said. “One possession killed us tonight. We can play with anyone, we just have to stay poised.”