Longmont’s ’s Kolton Bachman drives hard to the basket against Skyview in the second quarter Friday night during their first round playoff game
Longmont's 's Kolton Bachman drives hard to the basket against Skyview in the second quarter Friday night during their first round playoff game at Longmont High School. More photos: BoCoPreps.com. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

LONGMONT — With the expectation of a significant postseason run every year, the Longmont boys basketball team has advanced to the Class 4A Sweet 16 or further in six of the past seven seasons.

As highly as the Trojans have been seeded in recent years, those expected tournament runs have typically started with a healthy victory or a bye in round one. Seeded No. 1 for the second consecutive year, the Trojans opened the 2016 4A state tournament with a home Richard Tate Region game on Friday.

Much the same way they did last season, which ended in a runner-up finish, the Trojans opened the tournament with a dominant win, 62-25 over eighth-seeded Skyview.

"We came out ready to go and we just wanted to play a strong first game to get on a roll," Trojans senior Kolton Bachman said. "It's key to play our best because every game matters and feeds into the next game. We're going into the second round and we want to be able to carry it over and keep doing what we're doing."

The Trojans (23-1) allowed an average of 41.3 points to their 23 regular-season opponents. They held the Wolverines (15-9) to single digits in each quarter on Friday night. Offensively, the Trojans shared the ball until 10 of the 12 Trojans who entered the game had scored.


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"Our family is something that we're emphasizing," Trojans head coach Jeff Kloster said. "The energy was tremendous and the key that I saw tonight was so much unselfishness, making extra passes to the open man. It is something that you preach and you want for your players and when they do it, you feel like a proud father of a son."

Bachman (12.6 ppg) led the Trojans with 13 points. As a team, the Trojans made eight 3-pointers, led by three apiece from guards David Speidel and Ryan Rulon.

Kloster said the Trojans, who haven't lost in the first round of the state tournament since 2004, will enjoy the win until they wake up Saturday morning and get ready to return to their home gym for the Sweet 16. They face a potential defensive showdown with the No. 5 D'Evelyn Jaguars (15-9), who allowed an average of just 46.3 points per game during the regular season, at 2:30 p.m.

The No. 1-seeded Longmont girls basketball team was upset in the first round by eighth-seeded Widefield right before the boys team took the court for its tournament opener. Having just watched that happen, Bachman said the boys team was even more motivated to take care of business against Skyview and move on.

"Unfortunately, we're the only Longmont team left in it now so what we really want to do is bring it back to Longmont," Bachman said. "That's all we want to do."

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Longmont 62, Skyview 25

At Longmont H.S.

SKYVIEW (15-9)

Derik Studer 0 0-0 0, Deyvon Butler 1 3-3 5, Ray Johnson 3 0-0 8, Bryne Bruce 0 0-0 0, Colton Sellmyer 0 0-0 0, Tyler Hepner 0 0-0 0, Isaac Valdez 0 0-0 0, James Bonell 0 0-0 0, Edgar Robles 1 0-0 2, Dennis Gonzales 1 0-0 2, Darrien Bing 1 0-0 3, Joey Bauderer 1 3-3 5. Totals 8 6-6 25.

LONGMONT (23-1)

Eli Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Kole Earhart 0 0-0 0, Luke Johnson 2 1-2 5, Justinian Jessup 2 0-0 5, David Speidel 3 0-0 9, Cooper Rothe 0 0-0 0, Kolton Bachman 4 7-11 15, Ryan Rulon 3 0-0 9, Tol Mugunga 2 0-0 4, Caden Dion 0 1-2 1, Kevin Mitchell 4 1-2 10, Joe Riss 1 0-1 2. Totals 23 10-18 62.

Score by quarters:

Skyview 5 6 8 6 — 25

Longmont 15 19 15 13 — 62

3-point field goals — Skyview (3): Johnson 2, Bing; Longmont (8): Speidel 3, Rulon 3, Jessup, Mitchell. Total fouls — Skyview 12, Longmont 12.