Coy­otes re­main in Front Range race with vic­tory

BOYS BAS­KET­BALL: MONARCH 59, BROOM­FIELD 49

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Neil H. Devlin

louisville » Many agreed that it was an odd game. It was over in lit­tle more than an hour, the pace was only spo­rad­i­cally es­tab­lished and there were turnover and shoot­ing is­sues, aswell as slug­gish­ness that blan­keted both sides.

“It was odd,” long­time Monarch coach Ken Niven said, but he won’t com­plain. His Coy­otes came through Tues­day night at The Den with a 59- 49 vic­tory over nearby Broom­field, one they had to have if they want to keep within sight of the Class 5A Front Range League lead.

In a sea­son full of good and bad waves, Monarch’s record is re­flec­tive ( 10- 7 over­all, 4- 2 in league), but Niven liked much of what he saw.

“There was a re­ally strange flow to ( the game),” he said. “But I was kind of pleased with some of the de­fen­sive things.”

True. The Coy­otes held the Ea­gles ( 12- 4, 4- 2) to six points over the fi­nal eight min­utes. They lim­ited Broom­field to 2- of- 9 shoot­ing, caused six turnovers and kept the Ea­gles with­out a point over a span of 4min­utes, 53 sec­onds.

By that time, Monarch was clos­ing in for the kill de­spite not at­tempt­ing any free throws un­til 1: 39 re­mained, an­other odd­ity.

In all, the Coy­otes con­verted nine 3- point­ers and were led by sub­sti­tute Ernesto Chavez’s 15 points.

Plus, sopho­more Ty­lor Trinh shed some blood for the cause … lit­er­ally. Early in the game, he took an el­bow near his left eye, had to change jer­seys from No. 31 to 4, re­turned like a hockey player and was due for stitches after­ward.

“It has been up and down for us this sea­son,” Trinh said af­ter Monarch ended a two- game league los­ing streak.

Monarch’s pa­tience, along with ex­tended de­fense on the perime­ter, flus­tered the Ea­gles more than once. Broom­field ral­lied to tie the score at 43 through three quar­ters be­fore the Coy­otes, who had a 10- 1 run to start the se­cond half, used a 6- 0 binge to take a lead they never re­lin­quished.

“There wasn’t a lot of flow, and we were slug­gish,” Ea­gles coach Ter­rence Dunn said.

Steve Hoban ( 11 points) and T. J. Jones (10) aided Monarch. Kyle Ryn­ear­son led Broom­field ( 12).

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