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Boys basketball: Fairview’s second half surge dooms Boulder in 5A showdown

Knights get hot after break for 18th win

  • BOULDER, CO - The Fairview High School boys celebrate victory in the locker room after defeating Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School's Grant Page goes for a layup over Drake Arthur during a game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Caleb Wehmuller takes a shot during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Tyler Turner, right, celebrates a basketb with teammate Caleb Wehmuller during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School's Mark O'Neill takes a shot over Caleb Wehmuller during a game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

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    BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School's Jalen Page reacts in the final seconds of the game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School's TJ WIlliams takes a shot during a game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Tyler Turner goes for a layup under the arms of Jalen Page during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School seniors Kathryn Theodore, left, Josephina Elowsky, center, and Lauren Boyer cheer for their team during a game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.

  • BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Giles Schmid takes a shot over Mark O'Neill during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School seniors Baxter Moffitt, left, Aidan Bagley and Sebastian Gonzalez cheer for their team during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.

  • BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School's Jalen Page takes a shot during a game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Pete Boyle fights for a loose ball during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer

    BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Caleb Wehmuller dribbles past Mark O'Neill during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Tyler Turner goes for a layup during a game against Fairview on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School's Grant Page takes a shot during a game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

  • BOULDER, CO - Fairview High School's Jalen Page goes for a layup over Pete Boyle during a game against Boulder on Monday at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Fairview won the game.

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BOULDER — Fairview exacted some payback against its crosstown rival and put itself in the driver’s seat for its third straight league title on Monday night.

Greysen Carter had 23 points, Jalen Page added 18, and the Knights beat Boulder 72-55 under the lights at the CU Events Center.

The two combined for 16 points in a third quarter that saw Fairview go from being down by four to holding a 14-point lead. Roane Edwards helped spark momentum into the break with a buzzer-beating 3, Grant Page added 12 points, and the lead was never in danger in the fourth.

The Knights (18-3, 10-0 5A Front Range League) have won 12 straight dating back to December and now have a one-game lead in the loss column over the Panthers (18-4, 10-1) in the standings with two games remaining.

“We’ve been playing together the last three, four years, and sometimes longer than that,” Jalen Page said of his team. “We just love playing basketball with each other, and are just great friends off the court that it fuels us.”

Certainly this was a different feel from a year ago.

Carter and Page remember it well when the streaking Panthers pulled off the upset over top-10 Fairview in 2019. Tyler Turner took over late, scoring eight of his 23 points in the final 3:51 while sending the Panthers to a 64-54 win and up from the 33rd spot in the 5A RPI to 27th heading into the postseason.

This time, the two Fairview stars exited the game up 17 in the final minute to a rocking ovation from its red-and-white student section.

“It was a change of momentum as soon as Roane hit that buzzer-beating shot,” Carter said. “As soon as we came out for the third quarter, we knew we had it. We were just running up and down the court and never quit.”

Caleb Wehmuller led Boulder with 21 points, while Turner had 11 and Jimmy Starry had 10. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak.

Trading meaty runs in the opening half, Fairview led by as many as seven and the Panthers by as much as nine. At the break, the lead for Boulder was just one, 34-33.

Carter’s quick seven points during a stretch from late in the first quarter to early in the second powered the Knights to an 18-11 lead. The Panthers responded later in the quarter with a 12-0 run highlighted by a three-point play from Wehmuller, going up 34-25 with 2 minutes left.

Fairview then scored the final eight points of the half as Edwards arched his back with Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray’s signature “Blue Arrow” celebration following his closing 3.

After that, the Knights outscored the Panthers 22-7 in the third.

“The guys that were on the team last year, (the loss) gave us something to think about,” the senior Page said. “It gave us fuel to get better throughout the offseason.”

The powers from the north came into the week ranked in the top five in the RPI standings with the Knights in fourth and the Panthers in fifth. Each of them will likely have a first-round bye when the state postseason begins next week and at least one home game.

Boulder ends its regular season against Greeley West Friday. Fairview is at Fossil Ridge Tuesday before ending on the road against Broomfield Friday.