By Will Petersen
For the Courier
It wasn’t that the first quarter was bad. Everyone just seemed to think it could have been better. Well, it got better quickly for the Evergreen boys basketball team on Jan. 11 in a 59-47 home win over Green Mountain.
Leading 11-9 after the opening period, Evergreen used a swarming defense to go on a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter and eventually take a 27-13 lead into the break.
“We played alright in that first quarter, but we couldn’t hit a shot. We were up by two and could’ve been up by 10,” Evergreen head coach Scott Haebe said.
“Our defense was there the whole game,” Evergreen’s Andre Lane added. “We just didn’t score too well at the start.”
The senior single-handedly changed that. Lane scored a quick layup to start the second quarter, blocked a shot to create a fast-break layup the next position, then followed that up with a steal and assist to Jack Curtis for an easy two. Evergreen went up 17-9 and Green Mountain never got any closer.
“We just planned on pressuring them all night. We’ve been working on it a lot in practice. We double-teamed them and looked for passing lanes and got some fast breaks,” Lane said.
Lane led the Cougars (7-4, 2-0 4A Jeffco League) with 19 points and fellow senior Chase Kelly scored 10. Senior big men Joey Thavis and Tal Arnold chipped in six points each. Senior Colin Elmgreen added seven points, five assists, three rebounds and a team-high eight steals.
“Anybody can go off on any night,” Elmgreen said. “It’s a lot of fun and we trust everybody on this team to make the right plays.”
The loss dropped Green Mountain to 6-5 overall, 1-1 in conference play.
Depth will certainly be a key as the season goes on, and the Cougars proved they have it. All nine guys who played scored, eight of nine grabbed a rebound and seven of nine chipped in at least one assist.
“Overall, we’ve got a really good team. We’ve got big guys, kids who can shoot, guys coming off the bench that can help,” Haebe said. “It’s a real complete team right now, and it’s fun.”