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Triple threat: Fairview boys basketball buries Horizon from downtown

Fairview's Elliot Moskowitz drains a 3-pointer during the first quarter of the Knights' home game against Horizon on Thursday night. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Fairview’s Elliot Moskowitz drains a 3-pointer during the first quarter of the Knights’ home game against Horizon on Thursday night. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
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When Fairview boys basketball stepped off the court for its last game in the 2021-22 season, it did so with a 5-17 record as the program continued its rebuild.

On Thursday night in the Dungeon, on their own home court, the Knights secured win No. 6 for 2022-23 when they buried visiting Horizon early and cruised to a 65-50 victory. As soon as the boys entered the locker room, they cheered for the accomplishment that had evaded them through 22 tries a year earlier.

And, they have at least 11 games left this season. Good defense has made all the difference.

“We’ve won more games than last season, so it’s definitely set us on the right track,” junior Owen Foster said. “We just have confidence and I think early in the season, we didn’t have a lot of confidence. But now we know we’re here to play.”

The Knights cracked .500 with a 6-6 record and improved to 3-1 in Class 6A Front Range League play after grounding the Hawks. They did so on the back of their junior leader, Foster, as well as a few new faces to the program this year.

Freshman guard Elliot Moskowitz, who entered the game as the Knights’ leading scorer with 14 points per game, proved just why as he wasted no time lighting up from behind the arc before building up 17 total points. Foster backed up his performance with 14 points of his own as freshman Izaiyah Romero and senior point guard Myles Moskowitz netted nine more apiece.

Fairview's Collin Henderson looks for a pass during the first quarter of the Knights' home game against Horizon on Jan. 19, 2023. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Fairview’s Collin Henderson looks for a pass during the first quarter of the Knights’ home game against Horizon on Jan. 19, 2023. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

“I give thanks to my coach for believing in me and believing in two freshmen to start varsity so that’s really good,” Elliot said. “He lets me shoot the ball and he makes us play in tempo and stuff like that. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction.”

The Knights needed just one small deficit, a 4-0 opening, to catch fire and never look back. For much of the first half, they seemed content to work outside of the paint, hitting mid-range and perimeter shots with relative ease.

By the time the break came around, Fairview led the Hawks 29-17 and robbed them of any opportunity to inch their way back into the contest throughout the final 16 minutes. The Knights did, however, attack the paint a bit more in the second half, much to Horizon’s chagrin.

Now, the Knights will look to start stringing together a win streak when they return home on Friday to host Northglenn, who’s still searching for its second win. Head coach Andre Goldberg lauded his team for its mentality before it even stepped on the court and for maintaining that grit and toughness up until the last basket.

“I thought we came out with purpose on defense and moving the ball,” Goldberg said. “The last couple of games against Poudre on Tuesday and then tonight, I thought we moved the ball really well and played team basketball. We were ready to play and the guys knew the scouting report and executed really well.”

Fairview's Myles Moskowitz takes the ball down the court during the first quarter of the Knights' home game against Horizon on Jan. 19, 2023. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Fairview’s Myles Moskowitz takes the ball down the court during the first quarter of the Knights’ home game against Horizon on Jan. 19, 2023. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)