BROOMFIELD — A big halftime lead went by the wayside for Fairview courtesy of a huge second half from Legacy’s Macully Sehr.
The final minute or two, though, belonged to Greysen Carter.
The Knights senior had a put-back off a missed free throw, a fast break layup off a steal and another offensive board in the final 90 seconds as Fairview watched a big lead disappear only to come on strong late in a 74-65 win Friday night.
Carter had 19 of his season-high 32 points while leading the Knights (5-2, 4-0 5A Front Range League) to a big halftime lead. Sehr helped Legacy come all the way back with 19 of his 29 in the second half.
The two former club baseball teammates posed for a picture afterward.
“Played with him for like six to eight years when we were little,” Carter said.
The Legacy senior nearly played spoiler for Carter Friday.
The Lightning (4-2, 2-2) raced back from a 16-point halftime deficit as Sehr darted through the lane to tie things at 63-63 at the 2-minute mark. But Carter had an answer.
The 6-foot-4 forward had the Knights back up with a put-back off a missed free throw with less than 1:30 remaining, and then pushed the lead to two possessions after turning a steal at mid-court into a breakaway layup. He added another offensive board in the waning seconds as the Knights funneled to the free throw line.
The senior was just glad his team could survive this.
“We’re never going to give up,” Carter said. “We’ll play as a team and we’ll never stop fighting.”
Legacy didn’t on its end.
Sehr drained consecutive 3s to tighten things to 61-57 with 6 minutes remaining. Gavin Poxson then slid by his defender on the baseline and dropped an easy layup to close it to 63-61 with 3:30 to go. After Sehr tied things, though, the Knights finished on an 11-2 run over the final 90 seconds.
Carter scored more than 20 points for a fifth game this season and finished with at least 30 for the second time. TJ Williams added 15 points and Brody Pinto had 11.
Fairview won its 16th straight game inside league and has now beaten Legacy in 15 of the last 17 meetings. The Lightning have lost two straight since starting 4-0.
“I thought this was our best game playing as a team,” Fairview coach Andre Goldberg said. “When (Carter) passes out to shooters and when he rebounds, and when guys find each other, we’re better off than when we don’t. I was really impressed with our overall team effort.”
Earlier, Williams and Roane Edwards each hit from deep at the start of the second to spur a quick 8-0 burst. Carter’s pair of free throws pushed the lead to 28-19.
The Knights ended up outscoring the Lightning 28-13 in the quarter. Carter ended the half with a step-back, buzzer-beating 3 that was well back of even NBA 3-point range. His teammates mobbed him at mid-court as they filed out of the gym.
Wednesday, Fairview hosts Horizon, while Legacy is at Boulder.