NIWOT — Sidelined for weeks with a broken hand, Austin Robison missed out on a big chunk of the Skyline football team's run to the Class 4A state championship game during the fall season.

That wasn't much fun for the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Falcons junior. But his hand is better now and having readjusted his focus following the long grind of a deep football playoff run, Robison is in full basketball mode for the next three months or so.

In a 58-39 win over Niwot on Tuesday night, Robison looked more than pain-free. He was the best player on the floor.

"I'm having a lot of fun playing basketball," Robison said. "I'm definitely still getting into basketball shape but it's a good feeling coming off such a great football season. I know that my team is going to help me get into shape and we're going to keep busting our butts to get better."

Robison, who entered Tuesday's game averaging 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Falcons to victory. He scored 16 of his points in the second and third quarters while the Falcons (3-3) pulled away from a Cougars (3-2) team that shot 46 percent from the field in its first three games but struggled to make shots Tuesday.

The Falcons' three losses this season — in overtime to Skyview and in their host tournament to DSST: Stapleton and Mountain Range — have come by an average of just three points. Considering the way the Falcons have played through the first two weeks of the season while still getting a number of their football crossovers back into basketball shape, Robison thinks the Falcons have plenty of potential after each of their past two seasons ended in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.


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"We played well as a team tonight," Robison said. "I feel like we're still learning to work together as a team, too. We're coming out of football season and we have a lot of young players. We just need to bond and get that team chemistry going. If we play together and play for each other, I think we have an opportunity to win 10-15 games this season and get back to the postseason. Yeah, we have a hard league but I think if we can get going we have a lot of potential."

Skyline’s Austin Robison dives for a loose basketball during Tuesday’s game at Niwot.
Skyline's Austin Robison dives for a loose basketball during Tuesday's game at Niwot. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Defensively, the Falcons held the Cougars to just five points in the second and third quarters, and Skyline led 22-15 at halftime. Junior Gage Robertson, who leads the Falcons in scoring with 14.8 points per game, scored nine on Tuesday.

The Falcons will be back in action on the road at Silver Creek next Wednesday. Niwot will host Erie on Friday at Metro State.

Skyline girls turn up the defense in win over Niwot

The Skyline girls basketball team saw a three-game win streak snapped when it allowed 61 points to Vista PEAK on Saturday. But, with a new week came a new-look Falcons defense.

At Niwot on Tuesday evening, the Falcons stifled the Cougars in a 49-27 victory that pushed Skyline's early-season record to 4-2. Off to a good start after a 9-15 campaign in 2017-18, the Falcons held the Cougars to just two points in the first quarter and only allowed double digits in one of the four frames — that being the second.

Skyline led 19-14 at halftime.

Offensively for the Falcons, junior Ashayla Powers scored a career-high 26 points to lead the way. With Powers averaging 11.8 points per game, the Falcons now have three players scoring in double figures through six games including Alyssa McKrola (18.2 ppg) and Lindrey Schendel (10.8).

The Skyline girls will play at Silver Creek next Tuesday. Niwot will host Erie on Friday.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Boys

Skyline 58, Niwot 39

At Niwot H.S.

SKYLINE (3-3)

McKrola 0 0-0 0, Roy 0 2-2 2, Orona 0 0-0 0, Abran 1 2-2 5, Smith 0 0-0 0, Elwood 1 0-0 3, Robertson 4 0-0 9, Robison 10 1-2 23, Silva 1 2-2 4, Tapia 0 0-0 0, Compian 2 0-0 5, Carolan 0 0-0 0, McGregor 3 1-2 7. Totals 22 8-10 58.

NIWOT (3-2)

Oswald 4 0-0 8, Bounds 4 0-0 11, Chong 0 1-2 1, Erikson 2 0-0 4, Sheldon 2 0-0 4, Reeves 0 0-0 0, Rathburn 2 0-4 4, Luthens 3 1-2 7. Totals 17 2-8 39.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 105519—39Niwot 11111620—58

3-point field goals — Skyline (6): Robison 2, Abran, Elwood, Robertson, Compian; Niwot (3): Bounds 3. Total fouls — Skyline 10, Niwot 13. Fouled out — Bounds.

Girls

Skyline 49, Niwot 27

At Niwot H.S.

SKYLINE (4-2)

Neb 1 0-0 2, Hennesy 4 0-1 8, Powers 8 10-11 26, Dunder 0 0-0 0, Schendel 1 2-5 4, McKrola 3 0-1 9, Anson 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 12-17 49.

NIWOT (2-3)

Noble 1 0-0 3, Gillett 1 0-0 2, Sims 1 0-0 2, Crall 0 0-0 0, Archibald 0 0-0 0, Demmel 1 0-0 2, Luna 1 0-0 2, Beaton 0 2-2 2, Baines 4 3-9 11, Sieben 1 0-0 3. Totals 10 5-11 27.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 1316146—49Niwot 21258—27

3-point field goals — Skyline (1): McKrola; Niwot (1): Sieben. Total fouls — Skyline 13, Niwot 13. Fouled out — Schendel.