Legend boys fall to Denver East in Final Four

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BOULDER — Boys basketball is the newest Legend team to enjoy success.

Legend advanced to the Class 5A Final Four at the Coors Events Center but lost a 58-45 semifinal game to Denver East, which cut short the Titans season that concluded with a 21-7 record.

“Our baseball team had great success, soccer and volleyball had great success and those kids kind of set the stage for us,” Legend coach Kevin Boley said. “It's our fifth year and early to be in the Final Four. It's our second year with seniors and obviously you take a great deal of pride.

“You look up at the crowd and see the number of people that were in Boulder and see how the Legend community has come together and that's pretty special.”

Legend will lose seven seniors who accounted for 44 points per game, but Boley is confident the Titans can reload.

“There's no doubt we have some talented underclassmen and each class kind of has to build the program,” he said. “We need those underclassmen to step up.”

Legend trailed the high-powered Angels, 36-35, with three minutes remaining in the third quarter of the semifinal game, but then went six possessions without scoring as East expanded its lead to 11 points.

“We knew they would come out in the third quarter and turn up the pressure,” Boley said. “We turned it over too much. They “d” us up, got open looks and once we got down it was hard to fight back.”

Taylor Jenson and junior Elijah Cherrington each had 11 points for the Titans, who shot 32.1 percent from the floor in the second half compared to 52.6 percent for East.

“We knew we had a chance to get better as the season went on and we showed that,” Boley said. “We played our best basketball at the end of the season.”