BROOMFIELD — When the Longmont offense is hitting on all cylinders, it's a thing of beauty.
The ball moves quickly from player to player, from the perimeter to the paint and back out again. And in the middle of that flow is Justinian Jessup, the Trojans 6-foot-4 senior who will play college ball for Boise State next season.
Saturday afternoon at Holy Family, Longmont, and Jessup in particular, was at it's best.
The Trojans scored the game's first seven points, and Jessup poured in a career-high 28 as third-ranked Longmont rolled over the home-standing Tigers 57-38.
"I just kind of got in a rhythm and didn't think about my shot and just kind of let it fly," said Jessup, who hit six 3-pointers. "I wasn't really trying to force anything, just kind of letting it come to me. My teammates did a great job of finding me open — David (Speidel), Eli (Sullivan), all of them. It was fun."
Even with Jessup and Sullivan starting the game on the bench, the Trojans (17-1) were able to take control against Holy Family (13-6). Kevin Mitchell and Kolton Bachman scored in the paint and Speidel drilled a 3 from the right wing to build a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest.
Sullivan's first trip down the court resulted in a thunderous dunk that brought the Longmont fans to their feet, and then Jessup hit a 3 from the top of the key and scored a fast-break bucket after a steal as the Trojans built a 19-7 lead after one quarter.
But Jessup was just getting started. He hit his first five shots of the game, including a trio of 3-poitners in the second quarter, and then added 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the third, including two more 3-pointers, as Longmont stretched the lead to 49-26 heading into the fourth.
"He's a big-time player and he made a lot of plays," said Holy Family coach Pete Villecco, who saw his team's three-game winning streak snapped. "We did what we could."
While the Tigers struggled to slow down Jessup, they also had a hard time finding a way to penetrate the Longmont defense. Holy Family turned the ball over 16 times and shot 15-35 from the floor.
"They switched looks a lot and they put so much pressure on the ball," Villeco said. "They've lost two games in two years, and there's a reason why.
"We told our kids that's the top of 4A."
Joe Golter led the Tigers with 13 points. Mitchell added 9 for the Trojans.
Longmont 57, Holy Family 38
At Holy Family
Sullivan 2 2-2 6, Jessup 11 0-1 28, Speidel 1 0-0 3, Rothe 1 0-0 2, Bachman 1 1-2 3, Rulon 1 0-0 2, Mugunga 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 4 1-2 9, Riss 0 4-4 4. Totals 21 8-11 57.
HOLY FAMILY (13-6)
Golter 6 1-3 13, Nelson 1 0-0 3, Marty 0 0-1 0, Horning 0 2-2 2, Zeman 1 0-0 2, Baird 2 0-0 4, Helbig 2 3-6 8, Miller 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 6-12 38.
Score by quarters:Longmont 19 11 19 8 — 57
Holy Family 7 9 10 12 — 38
3-point field goals — Longmont (7): Jessup 6, Speidel; Holy Family (2): Nelson, Helbig. Total fouls — Longmont 15, Holy Family 13.
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