LONGMONT -- The snub may have taken place 11 months ago, but the sting still can be felt to this day.
After not being selected for the 4A basketball state playoffs last February despite owning a 15-8 record, the Mead boys know they can leave nothing to chance this year if they want to assure themselves of avoiding reliving that agony.
Which brings us to the present day, with the Mavericks having most of their starters back from the 2014-15 season. If they want to return to the Big Dance, where they competed in 2012, '13 and '14 before being left out last year, they know they'd better take care of business during a stretch in which they'll face four straight teams with losing records.
In game No. 2 of that stretch on Friday night, Mead made sure to pick up another victory, routing Roosevelt 84-60 for its 10th win in the last 13 games.
Not repeating last year's scenario "resonates with us every day, especially those of us who were on the team last year," said senior Walker Korell, who scored a game-high 23 points on Friday. "To feel that was emotional for a lot of us. We're going to make sure we leave it all on the table just so we don't get in that position again."
Friday's win leaves the Mavericks 12-5 on the season, 6-2 in the 4A Tri-Valley League and hoping for another handful of resume-building wins in February before the regular season ends.
"We don't want to be in that (same) spot again this year," coach Darin Reese said. "It definitely stung. I think that fueled us in the offseason and the early stages of the season. It's still in the back of our minds. It's just good motivation."
On Friday, in a game reminiscent of the style the old Doug Moe Denver Nuggets used to play, the teams competed at breakneck speed and were all too happy to take 3-pointers. In fact, a total of 18 treys were made -- nine by each team.
The 84 points tied the second highest total of the season for Mead -- both coming against Roosevelt. The Mavericks scored 94 against Pueblo Centennial back in mid-September.
Defensively, the Mavericks played a big part in Roosevelt missing 20 of its first 22 field-goal attempts as Mead built a 31-9 lead. For the game, the Roughriders shot just 29 percent from the field and committed 20 turnovers.
"It always starts on the defensive end for us," Reese said. "We're pretty long, pretty athletic, and when we move our feet and stay in front and talk defensively, that allows us to get some looks in transition. We sprinted the floor well tonight and passed ahead and shared it well. It's fun when you get in a rhythm like that."
And the starting five particularly thrived, with Korell (23), Michael Ward (22), James Maher (16) and Alex Sandstrom (12) scoring 73 of Mead's 84 points.
"We played well," Korell said. "When we get the ball moving like that, everybody gets touches and we get a lot of layups and dunk opportunities. Everybody's involved. It's just a fun game."
Friday's victory marked Mead's seventh straight against Roosevelt (7-9, 3-5), including a 30-point road romp on Jan. 9.
Next up, the Mavericks close out a three-game homestand by hosting Frederick on Tuesday night.
Mead 84, Roosevelt 60
ROOSEVELT (7-9, 3-5)
Rivera 0 6-6 6, Valles 4 2-3 11, Chick 4 6-6 16, McCloughan 3 0-0 9, BeJarand 0 2-2 2, Sterling 0 0-0 0, Wall 1 1-2 3, Hunt 4 0-0 11, Levens 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 17-19 60..
MEAD (12-5, 6-2)
Maher 6 1-2 16, Ward 10 0-1 22, Korell 9 3-4 23, Edwards 1 0-2 2, Sandstrom 5 0-0 12, Cheung 1 0-0 2, Lindemann 0 3-4 3, Rice 1 0-0 2, Harrell 1 0-0 2. Totals 34 7-13 84..
Score by quarters:Roosevelt 4 21 13 22 — 60
Mead 17 25 19 23 — 84
3-point field goals — Roosevelt (9): Hunt 3, McCloughan 3, Chick 2, Valles; Mead (9): Maher 3, Ward 2, Korell 2, Sandstrom 2. Total fouls — Roosevelt 12, Mead 12. Fouled out — none.
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