Coyotes remain in Front Range race with victory
BOYS BASKETBALL: MONARCH 59, BROOMFIELD 49
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).