LONGMONT -- Saturday night's 64-55 win over Skyline didn't do anything to improve the Longmont boys basketball team's standing the 4A Northern Conference.

But beating their cross-town rival from the Tri-Valley League definitely was a step for the Trojans toward accomplishing another goal.

"We want to be city champs," Trojans senior R.J. Donaldson said. "We write down goals every year and that's one of them: to be city champs."

With four games remaining in the season, the Trojans are now 5-0 against Skyline, Silver Creek, Niwot and Mead. With Silver Creek remaining on the Trojans' schedule as the regular-season finale, the Longmont city title -- and sweep -- is nearly within the Trojans' grasp.

The biggest difference in Saturday's game was the first quarter, during which the Trojans outscored the Falcons 18-9.

"We lost in the first quarter. It was dead even for three quarters but the game was decided in the first quarter," Falcons head coach Mike Peterson said. "It was 18-9 and we lost by nine. That's the ball game."

Trojans junior Austin Kemp led all scorers with 20 points and point guard Felipe Alaniz scored 15. Marcus Johnson added seven points and Brett Sterkel and Eli Sullivan each scored six.

Winners of six straight, Sterkel, who hit two of his team's five 3-pointers, said the Trojans are hitting their stride at the right time of the year.


"This means a lot. We've been on a pretty good run," Sterkel said. "We're just climbing right now and we can go higher. We played with great energy tonight and they tried to slow us down a little bit. We just tried to pressure the ball and get some fast-break points."

The Falcons, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six games.

Colton Dabney and Luciano Quesada each scored 14 points and Dustin Mandrell scored 12. Peterson said Zach Anthony playing limited minutes because of a sprained ankle made a big difference in the game.

"Turnovers. We have to come out hyped, you know, wanting it in the beginning," Quesada said. "We definitely expected to win. We would never think anything else. The effort's definitely there. We just need to pick it up."

Peterson said the Falcons need to win their final three Tri-Valley games against Roosevelt (12-8, 9-2), Erie (8-12, 5-6) and Frederick (14-6, 8-3) in order to claim the fifth automatic playoff berth out of the conference.

The Trojans will host conference opponent Centaurus (3-16, 0-10) on Tuesday.

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Longmont 64, Skyline 55

At Longmont HS

SKYLINE (6-14, 3-8)

Soriano 0 1-2 1, Dabney 5 4-10 14, Mandrell 4 4-4 12, Forsyth 1 1-2 3, Stuvel 1 1-2 3, Quesada 5 2-4 14, Lucero 0 0-0 0, Steakley 0 0-0 0, Anthony 0 2-2 2, Mansanares 2 2-2 6. Totals 18 17-28 55.

LONGMONT (15-4, 7-3)

Alaniz 3 8-9 15, Sterkel 2 0-0 6, Jessup 1 0-0 3, Donaldson 0 2-2 2, Kemp 5 10-11 20, Sullivan 1 3-4 6, Speidel 1 0-0 3, Johnson 2 3-4 7, Wilkey 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 26-30 64.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 9 16 12 18 -- 55

Longmont 18 14 13 19 -- 64

3-point field goals -- Skyline (2): Quesada 2; Longmont (5): Sterkel 2, Jessup, Alaniz, Speidel. Total fouls -- Skyline 20, Longmont 19. Fouled out -- Dabney, Quesada, Johnson. Technical fouls -- Sterkel, Dabney.