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Knights annihilate Panthers for season sweep, 22-1 finish

By Matt Johnson in Sports

There are only so many ways to describe the way Fairview’s boys basketball team has played in the last month.

Efficient, aggressive, fast-paced, perfectly-structured.

Beautiful.

The Knights continued their historic 2011-12 season with a 71-37 blowout of the Boulder Panthers Friday night, notching a season sweep over their crosstown rivals and ending their regular season with a 22-1 record.

Fairview will ride the momentum of a 22-game win streak into the 5A state playoffs, the seedings for which will be announced Sunday.  Currently set at fifth and seventh in the Denver Post and Maxpreps rankings, respectively, the Knights will receive a bye in next week’s first round.

Whether Fairview will be awarded a #1-seed in the state playoffs is up to the CHSAA selection committee, but the Knights certainly pleaded their case well Friday night.  Junior point guard Brent Wrapp led a fast-paced offensive effort with 23 points on 10-13 shooting from the field, while Jake Lorentzen’s six blocks highlighted stifling defensive play all game long.

Wrapp was firing on all cylinders from the outset, scoring seven points in the Knights 12-2 run to start out the game.  When the first quarter ended, Wrapp already had recorded 12 of the Knights’ 19 points.

Throw in seven rebounds—from a point guard, no less—and call it a career night for Wrapp.

While Wrapp made mince-meat of the Panthers’ backcourt, Lorentzen dominated in the paint, recording 12 points and nine rebounds.  He also held Boulder forward Will Grubb, who dropped 16 on the Knights a month ago, to seven points.

Guards Holden Killeen and Jonah Crespi will need to bounce back from off nights before the Knights’ first state playoff game.  The pair totaled only two points—including zero from Crespi—and were kept on the bench for most of the game due to foul trouble.  Guard Caleb Pykkonen filled in well for Killeen and Crespi off the bench, scoring nine points, seven of which came in the first half.

The game was never a close contest, as the Knights won every quarter and held a 40-23 lead at the half.  As is custom, Fairview was unstoppable in the third quarter, scoring 21 points and putting the Panthers in a 61-30 hole heading into the fourth.

With a first-round bye, the Knights’ first playoff game will be a home game next Friday.

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