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Boys basketball: Fairview reaches 5A semis for first time since 2010

Knights lock down Chaparral at the Denver Coliseum

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    Jalen Page, of Fairview, celebrates with teammates after the Knights beat Chaparral, 55-46, in the Class 5A Great 8 at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

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    Fairview's Mark O'Neill, center, reacts to receiving the Final Four plaque from the CHSAA after beating Chaparral, 55-46, in the Class 5A Great 8 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    The Fairview boys basketball team reacts to receiving the Final Four plaque from the CHSAA after beating Chaparral, 55-46, in the Class 5A Great 8 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    Fairview's Greysen Carter drives to the basket against Chaparral during their Class 5A Great 8 playoff game on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Denver.

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    Fairview's Jalen Page, center, gets up for a shot while surrounded by Chaparral defenders during their Class 5A Great 8 playoff game on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    Fairview's Jalen Page, left, goes up for a layup past Chaparral's Kobe Sanders during their Class 5A Great 8 playoff game on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Denver.

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DENVER – The Fairview basketball team came into the 2019-20 season knowing full well that the Knights would have a good squad this winter.

But maybe not good enough to go all the way.

At the Denver Coliseum on Saturday night, the Knights won 55-46 over Chaparral and punched their ticket back to the Class 5A Final Four for the first time since 2010, the year FHS fell in the championship game to Regis Jesuit. Quite a lot has changed since the first day of the season and in the final days of the campaign, the Knights find themselves starting to believe.

“At the beginning of the season, we knew that we could go far,” Knights senior Jalen Page said. “But now we’re really starting to believe that we can go all the way this time. I think we can do it.”

The second-seeded Knights (23-3) trailed No. 7 Chaparral (19-7) by double figures in the first half and were down eight at halftime. Page, who led the Knights with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the Knights ahead with 3 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the game and got the lead back for his team by making a layup with 1:44 left. After that, the Knights outrebounded CHS and held the Wolverines scoreless while TJ Williams and Mark O’Neill made free throws to give Fairview the cushion it needed to win.

“Chaparral has some guards that can just flat out play,” Knights head coach Patrick Burke said. “They hit a lot of shots in that first half and we had a lot of guys in foul trouble. But our bench went in and did a phenomenal job. We have some kids who are gritty as heck and they decided to screw down a little bit in those last four minutes.”

Williams and Greysen Carter (17.6 ppg) each scored 13 points for Fairview, with the latter also grabbing 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

“We did a much better job of rebounding in the second half,” Burke said. “We have some good bigs in Jalen and Greysen, and Greysen is just so active and has a nose for the ball. All the guys did a better job on defense in the second half. We were closing out on shots and rebounding the ball much better, so they weren’t getting the same looks or second-chance baskets they were getting early in the game.”

Fairview will play No. 6 Valor Christian in the Final Four on Friday back at the Denver Coliseum.