Chatfield boys grind out win over Columbine

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By Brian Forbes

Like any rivalry worth admission, Chatfield vs. Columbine had plenty of blood, sweat and tears.

Columbine’s Garrett Hurlbut and Chatfield’s Kyle Slavin both got small cuts early before coming back for more. The two accidentally collided in the fourth quarter opening gashes in each of them and stopping the game for some scrubbing of the floor.

Sweat? The game went forever, forcing both girls team to wait more than 30 minutes. Which brings us to the tears.

Fouls. Lots and lots of them. Fifty six to be exact. Fifty six fouls in 32 minutes of basketball, which felt like trying to pour hot coffee in a bumper car.

The fouls produced a combined 69 free throws – 41 by the visiting Rebels and 28 by the Chargers. The Rebels missed 18 of theirs and the Chargers missed only four.

And that was a lot of the story.

Chatfield senior guard Trent Bishop scored 24 of his 26 points after the first quarter as the Chargers outexecuted the cold-shooting Rebels in a 69-51 victory on Jan. 23.

In a game that had no flow, the Chargers were better at the little things. If the endless whistles got old, it didn’t take the shine off an important Class 5A Jefferson County League victory for Bishop.

“Never gets old,” he said. “My last year, my last game against them. A home game against them. It was fun, man. It was fun.”

After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Chargers (4-10, 2-0 in Jeffco) finally got separation just before halftime when Landon Vermeer’s three-point play made it 31-21. Chatfield kept the Rebels at arm’s reach throughout the second half before running away with it late.

“We did the things we needed to get done and we didn’t let the fouls get to us,” Chatfield sophomore Jordan Carter said. “We focused on the little things, like rebounding and boxing out, and we came out with the result we needed.”

Carter scored 12 points, Tyler Haidaris added nine and Vermeer finished with seven points for the Chargers.

The fouls wrecked the Rebels (5-10, 1-1), who had starters Beau Smith, Connor Osborne and Tyler Trader hit with two fouls apiece in the first quarter. Trader would later foul out with one point and Smith would finish with seven points.

“We lost a free throw shooting contest,” Rebels coach Jeff Wennberg said.

Osborne returned to post impressive numbers – 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. The rest of the Rebels, however, combined for just four baskets and missed a combined 37 shots while going 0-for-11 from 3-point range.

The teams combined for 30 fouls by halftime. The most continuous action without the referees blowing their whistles probably happened at halftime when Chatfield’s Andy Clements was asked to an upcoming dance by an admirer.

Columbine 11 12 11 17 - 51

Chatfield 11 21 14 23 - 69

Columbine – Varney 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 5-8 7, Trader 0 1-2 1, Hurlbut 1 6-10 8, Osborne 10 2-6 22, Tanner 1 2-4 4, Isenburg 0 2-4 2, Myer 1 5-7 7, Romero 0 0-0 0, Huntington 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 23-41 51.

Chatfield – Bishop 8 7-8 26, Haidaris 2 5-7 9, Slavin 0 0-0 0, Vermeer 3 1-1 7, Carter 4 4-4 12, Fritze 2 0-0 4, Clements 1 4-4 6, Kurtenbach 0 0-0 0, Wages 1 1-2 3, Ta. Rogers 0 0-0 0, Ty. Rogers 0 0-0 0, Wright 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 24-28 69.

3-point goals – Bishop 3.