LONGMONT -- For the Mead boys basketball team, it's been "so far, so good" when facing Skyline, a school that used to draw students -- and athletes -- from the town of Mead.
In their first year playing the Falcons on the basketball court, the Mavericks completed a regular-season sweep of their rival, cruising to a 54-36 home victory on Tuesday night.
And, unlike the four-point win over Skyline early in January, this one was a lopsided affair. Mead went up 14-3, never trailed and wasn't threatened except for a brief SHS surge at the beginning of the second half.
"We came out with effort both games (against Skyline) and we picked it up both offensively and defensively," Mead senior Ryan Lozinski said. "I think that was the main key."
That translated into Mead being effective inside on Tuesday despite giving up some size to Skyline's two big men, 6-6 Colton Dabney and 6-5 Zach Anthony. The Mavericks -- especially Lozinski -- used their quickness to grab numerous offensive rebounds for put-backs.
Indeed, most of Lozinski's 11 points came off offensive boards. And Dabney, who had averaged about 15 rebounds over the previous five contests, managed just a couple of boards to go along with his seven points on Tuesday.
"That's one of the biggest things we knew we needed to do is to get those offensive rebounds -- and defensive," said Lozinski, who was matched up with Dabney most of the night. "It was tough, but we got the job done."
Said Mead coach Darin Reese: "Ryan did a really good job on (Dabney). The first game, he hurt us inside. We allowed too many easy touches for him. We wanted to limit those touches (this time), and our guys did. We made them difficult."
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Mead, which improved to 10-7 and 5-3 in the Tri-Valley League, good for a third-place tie. Skyline, coming off a nice win at Frederick on Friday, dropped to 5-10 and 2-6 after suffering its 10th loss in 12 games.
The Falcons were held to their lowest point total since Dec. 7. They made just 30 percent of their shots from the field and 40 percent from the foul line.
"We didn't execute our game plan at all," Skyline coach Michael Peterson said. "We played scared, played passive. We felt like we had a really good game plan coming in (attack the basket and feed the post players) and we didn't do it for three quarters and six minutes. We had one little run when we came out in the third quarter.
"I used every timeout and spoke of nothing other than, 'Go back to the game plan,' and we wouldn't do it."
Mead nailed four 3-pointers in the first 5:08 of the game -- three of the treys coming from Aaron Cheung, who finished with a game-high 13 points. By the time the barrage was over, the Mavericks led 14-3. And the closest Skyline got after that was five, early in the third period.
"That was a big win for our kids," Reese said. "And probably the best thing about it, it was truly a team effort. We had guys pitch in all over the place. It was a really good team win."
Anthony and Luciano Quesada scored 10 points apiece to lead Skyline offensively.
Skyline will play its third straight road game -- with another to come -- on Thursday at Berthoud, while Mead will be at Frederick on Friday.
Mead 54, Skyline 36
At Mead HS
SKYLINE (5-10, 2-6)
Dabney 3 1-3 7, Mandrell 1 1-2 3, Stuvel 1 3-4 5, Quesada 4 0-0 10, Anthony 5 0-1 10, Soriano 0 0-1 0, Forsyth 0 1-2 1, Steakley 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 6-15 36.
MEAD (10-7, 5-3)
Cheung 4 2-2 13, Desch 1 2-2 5, Lozinski 5 1-2 11, Lamb 2 0-0 5, Nelson 2 0-0 5, Perez 0 0-0 0, Korell 3 0-0 6, Beaver 3 1-2 9. Totals 20 6-8 54.
Score by quarters:
Skyline 10 7 11 8 -- 36
Mead 20 8 12 14 -- 54
3-point field goals -- Skyline (2): Quesada 2; Mead (8): Cheung 3, Beaver 2, Desch, Nelson, Lamb. Total fouls -- Skyline 13, Mead 15. Fouled out -- Mandrell. Technical fouls -- none.