LONGMONT -- When the Silver Creek football team played Roosevelt this year, the RoughRiders blemished the Raptors' eventual state championship season.
His pride stung by the defeat, Raptors junior Zane Lindsey has been carrying a grudge for nearly two months. When the Raptors boys basketball team handled the RoughRiders 66-50 in front of their home crowd on Wednesday night, Lindsey could finally let go of some of the pain.
"Coming off of football, we lost to them in the regular season and we really didn't want to lose to them again in basketball," Lindsey said. "It's a school pride thing that we take care of."
Lindsey's determination showed in all four quarters of Wednesday's game. The guard finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists to lead his team.
Fellow football player Trey Fleming led the Raptors with 15 points.
Roosevelt was averaging 69.7 points per game entering Wednesday's contest. Although reckless and foul-happy early on, Fleming said the SCHS defense (46.8 points allowed per game this season) was the key to the Raptors improving to 3-0.
"We started off slow but we're a second-half team," said Fleming, who fouled out in the fourth quarter. "We're a running, pressing, trapping, hard-nosed, get-up-in-em defense. That plays to our advantage when we're going after them in the first quarter and they get tired."
Raptors junior guard Eric Machmuller missed the game with the flu. In his absence, sophomore Jordan Wright swung up from the junior varsity and scored 10 points, including six free throws that helped preserve a fourth-quarter lead.
Senior forward Brock Johnson, who was recovering from the flu, scored eight points and junior forward Francisco Echevarria added eight more.
After the teams were tied 22-22 just before halftime, the Raptors gradually built a 10-point lead with a minute left in the third. The RoughRiders didn't get closer than six points the rest of the game.
Since the Raptors weren't at full strength, Johnson said Wright and other bench players Steven Campbell, Chico Grine and Josh Tarin playing well was a necessity.
"We didn't play perfectly but we had great energy out there," Johnson said. "A lot of guys stepped up. We slowed things down in our heads in the second half and we got the job done."
The Raptors will play a non-conference tilt with the Frederick Warriors (1-1) at home on Friday. The Raptors and Warriors last met on Feb. 16, 2010.
"We've always been rivals with them in football so it means a lot for our school," Johnson said of Frederick. "I love the rivalry there and the intensity of playing them."
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Silver Creek 66, Roosevelt 50
At Fairview HS
Weber 3 1-2 9, Vigil 0 0-0 0, Hernandez 1 4-6 7, Huston 0 0-0 0, Rivera 2 2-8 6, Lira 1 0-0 3, Mitchell 4 3-6 13, Morford 1 0-1 2, Best-Walter 2 2-6 10, Reinick 0 0-1 0. Totals 16 12-32 50.
SILVER CREEK (3-0)
Lindsey 2 7-12 11, Fleming 4 7-9 15, Wright 2 6-6 10, Johnson 3 2-2 8, Grine 0 0-0 0, Goforth 2 0-3 4, Campbell 1 0-0 2, White 1 3-6 6, Tarin 1 0-0 2, Echevarria 3 2-4 8. Totals 18 27-42 66.
Score by quarters:
Roosevelt 7 15 12 16 -- 50
Silver Creek 9 18 15 24 -- 66
3-point field goals -- Roosevelt (6): Weber 2, Mitchell 2, Lira, Hernandez; Silver Creek (1): White. Total fouls -- Roosevelt 27, Silver Creek 24. Fouled out -- Weber, Hernandez, Rivera, Fleming. Technical fouls -- None.