Silver Creek’s Anthony Kasper, No. 23, fouls Longmont’s Kolton Bachman during Tuesday nights game at Silver Creek.
Silver Creek's Anthony Kasper, No. 23, fouls Longmont's Kolton Bachman during Tuesday nights game at Silver Creek. (Jonathan Castner / For BoCoPreps.com)

LONGMONT — This year's Longmont boys basketball team has gotten the best from each opponent, especially its local Northern League conference rivals.

But as last year's 4A runners-up, the Trojans knew that storm was coming and prepared accordingly. Each player knew he would have a role to play.

In a cross-town rivalry game Tuesday night at Silver Creek, it took all hands on deck for the Trojans to break an early rally and pull away for a 75-54 victory.

"It was a great team win," Trojans head coach Jeff Kloster said. "I thought our kids showed great composure in the beginning. Silver Creek showed us some wrinkles defensively but we didn't panic. The way we play in practice, it starts at the defensive end. We put some pressure on them, we got some run-outs and we kept building on the momentum."

By game's end, 11 different Trojans registered in the scorebook. It was the Raptors (10-6, 4-3 Northern), however, who rode their home crowd's energy for an early edge. Jumping out to a quick lead, the Raptors outscored the Trojans 18-17 in the first quarter. They led by as many as eight points in the frame.

But senior guard Ryan Rulon hit the second of his three first-half 3-pointers to put the Trojans (14-1, 7-0 Northern) up in the first minute of the second quarter. The Trojans, who currently rank third in the Colorado AP poll, did not surrender the lead for the remainder of the game.

"We just decided that we had to get into the paint so everybody started driving and looking for open teammates," Rulon said. "I was the beneficiary of that."


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The Trojans outscored the Raptors 16-6 in the third quarter to build on their seven-point halftime lead. Trojans senior Justinian Jessup scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the third quarter.

"We had really good energy in the beginning," said Rhythm Ajanku, who led the Raptors with 22 points. "Then they made a run and we couldn't really make a shot. The third quarter was our down quarter and that's when they put their foot on us and didn't let up. But every game, we keep getting better and better."

Longmont will host Centaurus (6-9, 1-6 Northern) on Thursday. Silver Creek will play at Niwot (7-9, 3-4 Northern) on Friday.

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

Longmont 75, Silver Creek 54

At Silver Creek H.S.

LONGMONT (14-1, 7-0)

Eli Sullivan 2 2-2 6, Kole Earhart 0 0-0 0, Luke Johnson 0 0-0 0, Justinian Jessup 7 4-4 20, David Speidel 1 0-0 3, Cooper Rothe 1 0-0 2, Kolton Bachman 6 2-7 14, Ryan Rulon 3 0-0 9, Tol Mugunga 1 3-3 5, Caden Dion 0 0-0 0, Kevin Mitchell 1 5-6 9, Joe Riss 0 3-4 3, Oakley Dehning 0 2-2 2, Alec Thompson 0 2-2 2. Totals 23 23-30 75.

SILVER CREEK (10-6, 4-3)

Rhythm Ajanku 6 6-9 22, Nick Hartman 5 3-4 15, Reese Barracks 0 0-0 0, Anthony Kasper 4 0-0 8, Andrew Rapp 1 0-0 2, Sam Schlegel 2 2-2 7, Khari Harrison 0 0-1 0, Hunter Becvar 0 0-0 0, Christian Warner 0 0-0 0, Carter Blink 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-16 54.

Score by quarters:

Longmont 17 20 16 22 — 75

Silver Creek 18 12 6 18 — 54

3-point field goals — Longmont (6): Rulon 3, Jessup 2, Speidel; Silver Creek (7): Ajanku 4, Hartman 2. Total fouls — Longmont 19, Silver Creek 24.