FREDERICK -- Longmont's Felipe Alaniz and Frederick's Lucas Adams reprised an old rivalry between the two senior point guards on Monday night.
Having played on the same Gold Crown team in eighth grade, the retro back-and-forth between the pair highlighted the 65-59 Longmont win.
"Lucas Adams is a real good player. I love playing against him," Alaniz said. "We used to always play against each other so tonight was really fun." Alaniz finished with 10 points and seven assists. Adams had 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Controlling the pace with their dribble penetration, both players played the role of distributor and each team hit seven 3-pointers. Alaniz's passing was particularly effective, leading to a Trojans scoring line that featured five players with eight or more points. "We're a really unselfish team and that passing makes us different," Alaniz said. "Getting it to the big man, that was the key. They couldn't guard him one-on-one so they had to double him and that's what got us a lot of open shots."
Trojans senior forward Marcus Johnson led all scorers with 18 points in the post. Freshman teammate Justinian Jessup scored 15, junior Austin Kemp had 12 and junior Brett Sterkel had eight.
Alaniz said senior RJ Donaldson played a key role in helping him distribute the ball to open shooters, including Alaniz himself.
The Warriors led 15-11 after the first quarter but a 16-9 second quarter by Longmont handed the lead to the Trojans.
The Trojans, motivated by Frederick's rowdy crowd, pushed their lead to 11 points midway through the fourth quarter. The Warriors, however, stormed back to cut the lead to 59-56 in the fourth quarter before a Sterkel 3-pointer and pair of free throws from Jessup clinched the win.
"It was a tremendous team win," Trojans head coach Jeff Kloster said. "For a young squad to not crack, that's something we can build on. We're not near a finished product but that's something we can continue to evolve and work with."
Though his team fought its way back into the game, Adams said the product the Warriors put out on the floor in their first loss of the season was far from their best game
"We kind of beat ourselves out there," Adams said. "We knew it was gonna be a tough game between two good teams. It just came down to who wanted it more and we didn't really execute the little things like the boards and free throws. We had a few turnovers that were pretty crucial."
Longmont (2-0) will play three more games (Berthoud, Fort Morgan and Conifer) in the next five days.
The Warriors (2-1) will face another Longmont opponent on Friday when they travel to take on Silver Creek (2-0).
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Longmont 65, Frederick 59
At Frederick HS
Alaniz 4 0-0 10, Sterkel 2 3-4 8, Jessup 5 2-2 15, Donaldson 0 2-2 2, Kemp 5 1-2 12, Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Johnson 9 0-0 18. Totals 26 8-10 65.
Burgess 0 2-2 2, Adams 4 6-6 17, McGraw 2 2-4 6, Rivera 2 0-1 5, Wise 1 1-2 3, Therrien 2 0-0 5, Martinez 2 1-2 5, Gomez 2 0-0 6, Miller 3 4-8 10. Totals 18 16-25 59.
Score by quarters:
Longmont 11 16 21 17 -- 65
Frederick 15 9 13 22 -- 59
3-point field goals -- Longmont (7): Jessup 3, Alaniz 2, Kemp, Sterkel; Frederick (7): Adams 3, Gomez 2, Therrien, Rivera. Total fouls -- Longmont 16, Frederick 14. Fouled out -- Johnson, Donaldson. Technical fouls -- Johnson.