Evergreen’s boys basketball team squared off against two of the top Class 4A teams in the state last week and came away with some bruises to show for it.
The Cougars hung tough against Broomfield at home last Tuesday night before fading in the fourth quarter and falling 59-40. Widefield, another team ranked in the top five, defeated the Cougars 70-55 the following evening.
“We played pretty well until the last few minutes and then we let the game get away from us,” said Evergreen coach Scott Haebe after the loss to Broomfield. “Broomfield is ranked number two in the state and we were right with them with about six minutes to go. I think we got tired and panicked a bit down the stretch”
Evergreen trailed the Eagles 32-26 at halftime, and was within striking distance at 49-40 when Joe Beaudin sank a 3-pointer early in the final quarter. Unfortunately for the home team, those would be the final points for the Cougars. Broomfield pulled away behind the scoring of the trio of Nick Tomsick, Zac Claeys and Luke Gorman to score the last 10 points of the game for the 59-40 victory.
“It is early in the season and we played a very good team, so for the most part I was pleased with our play,” Haebe said. “This is a very inexperienced team. We missed three lay-ups in the third quarter or it could have been a two-point game going into the fourth quarter.”
The Cougars had started the game strong, matching the hot shooting of the Eagles. The contest was knotted at 12-12 before Broomfield nailed a pair of threes to finish the first quarter up 18-12.
Charlie Blackstock scored seven second quarter points to keep Evergreen within 32-26 at intermission.
Sophomore guard Nick Tomsick stayed hot from long-range for the visitors, scoring seven third quarter points to extend the Eagles’ lead to 45-37 entering the final session.
Broomfield scored four quick points to open the fourth, but Beaudin answered back with a three to make it a nine-point game. That would be the last hurrah for the Cougars, however. Evergreen’s shooters went cold and Broomfield coasted to the 19-point victory.
Tomsick led all scorers with 22 points, including 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Claeys added 16 points while Gorman scored 14 for the Eagles. Blackstock netted 11 for Evergreen, Beaudin 10, Chris Lemaster seven, Kurt Dieter six, David Schultz four and Will Vickstrom two points.
“We have a lot going on with our team,” Haebe said. “We have four or five juniors without much varsity experience trying to figure things out. Joe (Beaudin) is finding his way back after missing a couple of seasons with back problems. Still, we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance. Our defense is very team oriented and based on chemistry and teamwork. It will take a few games to get used to each other.”
The Cougars will face a more favorable schedule this week. Evergreen traveled to Skyview Tuesday night, and will play host to Standley Lake Friday evening.Tip-off for both games is 7 p.m.