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BROOMFIELD – Rifle head coach Chris Lowther can be proud his alma mater, Broomfield High School, advanced to the second round of the Class 4A boys state basketball playoffs, although he probably would have preferred it came at the expense of a team other than his own.

No. 6-seed Broomfield proved too much for the 27th-seed Bears in the opening round Wednesday night, as the Eagles soared past Rifle 58-33.

The Broomfield defense shut down Rifle from the field, allowing the Bears just five field goals in the game and never allowing them more than 10 points in a quarter.



Jim Owens was the only player in double figures for Rifle (15-8) with 10. The Bears’ leading scorer, Ryan Shideler notched nine points. Both players netted a majority of their points from the charity stripe – one place the Bears had a solid night.

Owens was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line, while Shideler was a perfect 6-of-6. As a team, the Bears were 20-of-26.



The Eagles (18-5) had four players in double figures, led by Michael Bahl and Chase McBride with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Rifle stayed close through the first half, trailing 11-8 after the first quarter and 26-17 at the half, but Broomfield opened it up in the third quarter.

The Eagles outscored Rifle 22-6 in the period for a 48-23 advantage, and maintained the margin through the fourth quarter.

Broomfield faces the winner of Northridge-Berthoud game held Wednesday night. No score was available at press time.

Other Class 4A State Tournament scores Wednesday include: Jefferson 76, Moffat County 73; Ralston Valley 55, Westminster 46; Evergreen 61, Sterling 48; Montezuma-Cortez 77, Sierra 36.

Broomfield 58, Rifle 33

Rifle 8 9 6 10-33

Broomfield 11 15 22 10-58

RIFLE – Zach Akin 1 4-6 7, Chris Black 0 0-0 0, Jason Enewold 0 0-0 0, Aaron Jewell 1 0-0 2, Adam Krick 1 1-2 3, Ryan Muldoon 0 0-0 0, Jim Owens 1 7-10 10, Thad Porter 0 2-2 2, Ryan Shideler 1 6-6 9, Troy Weiss 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 20-26 33.

BROOMFIELD – Michael Bahl 6 3-4 17, Blake Calderwood 1 0-0 3, Mark Carlson 0 0-0 0, Arin Dunn 0 0-0 0, Halliday 3 4-4 10, Joe Kozlowski 2 0-1 4, Drew Kreeger 0 0-0 0, Chase McBride 5 2-5 12, Geoff Sewell 4 2-5 10, West 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 11-21 58.

3-pointers – Akin, Owens, Shideler; Calderwood, Bahl 2. Fouled out – Shideler. Technicals – not available.


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