Posted On: 01/4/18 1:54 PM
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, a shorthanded Heritage squad traveled north to take on a Fairview club that struggled last season but has come interesting pieces on its roster. After winning the game, 57-40, the Fairview Knights looked like they might be better than their 4-5 record would imply.
Here are five things that stood out in the contest.
Fairview desperately needed a win and the Knights got one
In their final two games in 2017, the Knights lost 86-85 in overtime to Sacred Heart (San Francisco, CA) and 60-59 to Prairie View. Losing back-to-back games by one point gave the Knights a lot to think about over the winter break. So far, 2018 has been much kinder to the Fairview boys after they won convincingly on their home court to open the calendar year.
Fairview’s Mark Dolan is finding his way
One reason for the Knights’ misfortune in December was that their best shooter couldn’t seem to find his stroke. That’s not to say that junior guard Mark Dolan is to blame for any of the Knights’ losses, but when he’s lighting it up like he was on Jan. 3, the Knights are a different team altogether. Dolan scored 25 points against Heritage and hit all seven of his team’s 3-pointers. That type of shooting talent, which head coach Patrick Burke said is what they expect from Dolan, will get Dolan some looks at the next level. As of Wednesday, Dolan had not been in contact with any college programs.
Matt Lawrence having a good season for Heritage
The Heritage Eagles brought just seven varsity-only players up north with them to Boulder and one of them was senior Matt Lawrence. On an off night for him, Lawrence scored a team-high 12 points. The skinny 6-foot-5 perimeter forward was averaging 16.9 points a game going into Wednesday’s game.
Fairview’s Jalen Page emerging as solid 2020 recruit
Though Jalen Page is only a sophomore, he certainly doesn’t look like it. At a lean, athletic 6-foot-5, the 10th-grade forward has plenty of room to grow and become even more physical as a player. That’s a scary thought considering he is already averaging 16.9 points a game, moves well without the ball and has flashed the ability (14 for 25 on the season) to shoot the ball from 3-point range. Page will be a player to keep an eye on moving forward and should start cracking top prospect lists across the state soon if he hasn’t already.
Fairview has the look of a tough team… next season
The Knight’s two best players in Dolan and Page are a junior and sophomore, respectively. Those two are leading the team in scoring and sophomore Henry Blackburn is third at 7.7 points per game. Junior Ashton Nichols is fourth at 6.6 points a game. With only four seniors on the varsity roster, the Knights also have strong athletes in quarterback Aidan Atkinson and soccer standout Mark O’Neill. However the 2017-18 campaign ends up for Fairview, the future appears to bright for the Knights.