LONGMONT — Simply put, when Hunter Gutierrez is active and aggressive in the Skyline boys basketball team's motion offense, good things happen for the Falcons.

Gutierrez was both of those things on Thursday night. The Falcons junior forward was seemingly everywhere on the floor, scoring 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead the Falcons to a 58-40 win over the visiting Kent Denver Sun Devils.

"Coach has been talking to me a lot and telling me that this is a game we really all need to play together," Gutierrez said. "He says that when we do it's a beautiful thing, and it really was tonight. All of us had a good game and this is a huge confidence booster for us moving forward this season."

Gutierrez, who also had four assists, scored 10 points in the second quarter, during which the Falcons took the lead with a 14-0 run. With a 33-19 halftime cushion, the Falcons pushed their lead out further in the second half behind nine fourth-quarter points from Gutierrez.

"We had a lot of communication tonight," Gutierrez said. "All of us came together in that state of mind and played together as a team."

Falcons senior Matt Dietz, who the Falcons expect to form a solid frontcourt duo in the post along with Gutierrez this season, scored seven points and had two blocks against the Sun Devils. Shooting guards Brayden Blick and Josh Angstead each scored eight points.


Having won eight or fewer games in each of the past three seasons, the Falcons (2-2) are hoping to surpass that mark by the end of 2015-16. First-year head coach Tyler Cerveny was encouraged by what he saw from his team against the Sun Devils (1-3) on Thursday.

"Hunter was very active tonight and he's really been working hard on some things in practice to improve his craft and he's seeing the results on the floor," Cerveny said. "They're buying into what we're selling and they were really unselfish and made a lot of extra passes tonight. I think we're heading in the right direction and obviously it's one game at a time. We know how quickly these things can flip so we've just got to keep plugging away."

The Falcons will look to win back-to-back games for the first time since last December when they play Niwot (1-3) on the road Monday.

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

Skyline 58, Kent Denver 40

At Skyline H.S.


Robby Dunn 1 1-2 3, Rory Buck 0 4-4 4, Zach Schlichting 0 3-4 3, Zach Holz 3 2-2 11, Jack Shapiro 0 2-2 2, Tyler Novak 2 0-1 4, Brenan Ersek 1 0-1 2, Haiden Cintron 0 0-0 0, Willie Gold 1 1-2 3, Joey Licht 0 0-0 0, Oliver Jack 1 1-2 3, Niko Hereford 1 0-0 3, James Doyle 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 14-20 40.


Nate Higgins 0 0-0 0, Brayden Blick 2 2-2 8, Josh Angstead 3 2-2 8, Hunter Gutierrez 9 7-7 25, Matt Dietz 3 1-2 7, Ben Hall 2 1-3 6, Ben Alexander 0 0-2 0, Demitro Martinez 1 0-0 2, Conner Smith 0 0-0 0, Daniel Terao 0 0-0 0, Kyle Zimbelman 0 2-2 2. Totals 20 15-20 58.

Score by quarters:

Kent Denver (1-3) 9 10 8 13 — 40

Skyline (2-2) 13 20 8 17 — 58

3-point field goals — Kent Denver(4): Holz 3, Hereford; Skyline(3): Blick 2, Hall. Total fouls — Kent Denver 18, Skyline 17. Technical fouls — Kent Denver coach.