LONGMONT — The Longmont boys basketball team relies on teamwork to remain one of Colorado's most consistently excellent prep programs.

Senior Kolton Bachman likes to point out that the Trojans win because every man does his share of the work. In the Class 4A Sweet 16 at Longmont High School on Saturday afternoon, however, Bachman did considerably more than one man's share with 24 points and eight rebounds against No. 5 D'Evelyn.

Behind Bachman's aggressiveness and another good defensive outing, the top-seeded Trojans put together a 66-44 win over the Jaguars and are headed back to the Great 8 for the second straight year.

"Anybody on this team can score on any night," Bachman said. "It was just a good overall team effort and we got it done at the defensive end first. Every game is a test in the playoffs and you have to come out ready to play because any team is beatable. We just want to play our basketball."

There was no doubt that the Jaguars were a threat to the reigning 4A runners-up.

The fifth-seeded Jaguars (15-10) defeated No. 4 Sand Creek in overtime in the first round on Friday night and No. 1 Valor Christian in the regular season finale last Friday. The Jaguars also held their 23 regular-season opponents to just 46.3 points per game and boast six players who average six or more points per contest.


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Jaguars senior Charlie Davis (8.5 ppg) made five of his team's 10 3-pointers and led the Jaguars with 15 points. While the Jaguars shot 38 percent from the field in the game, the Trojans (24-1) finished the game at 63 percent and outscored the visiting team 16-4 in the second quarter to take a 27-15 halftime lead.

"We knew they were a great defensive team and that they were going to come out with great intensity," said Bachman (13.2 ppg), who made 11 of his 15 shot attempts. "We just wanted to have more intensity and play better defense than they did."

The Jaguars cut the Trojans' lead to nine with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Thirty seconds later, Trojans senior Kevin Mitchell (9.8 ppg) scored four quick points that sparked a 20-2 run that gave the Trojans a comfortable 22-point lead with less than three minutes to play. Mitchell finished the game with 13 points and leading scorer Justinian Jessup (18.1 ppg), who missed nearly half of the game with foul trouble, scored 11.

"We did it as a team," Kloster said. "They are a really good dribble-drive team and we really emphasized that we needed to guard our turf. For the most part, I thought we did that. Sometimes we didn't get to shooters on the outside early but we made adjustments and I'm really proud that we had three guys in double figures tonight."

The Trojans will play the emerging cross-town rival Mead (20-5) in the Great 8 on Saturday at Longmont High.

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Longmont 66, D'Evelyn 44

At Longmont H.S.

D'EVELYN (15-10)

Corey Skelton 0 0-0 0, Adam Jolton 2 3-4 8, Charlie Davis 5 0-0 15, Alec Clifton 0 0-0 0, Jason Gardner 0 0-0 0, Josh Brinkerhoff 2 0-2 10, Jack Draeb 3 1-2 9, CJ Olson 0 2-2 2, Kolbron Schoenberger 0 0-1 0, Owen Burke 0 0-0 0, Cole Clifton 0 0-0 0, Nolan Balbin 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-11 44.

LONGMONT (24-1)

Eli Sullivan 2 1-1 5, Kole Earhart 0 0-0 0, Luke Johnson 0 0-0 0, Justinian Jessup 3 5-6 11, David Speidel 1 0-0 3, Cooper Rothe 1 0-0 2, Kolton Bachman 11 2-4 24, Ryan Rulon 0 0-0 0, Tol Mugunga 2 2-2 6, Kevin Mitchell 4 4-4 13, Joe Riss 1 0-2 2. Totals 25 14-19 66.

Score by quarters:

D'Evelyn 11 4 11 18 — 44

Longmont 11 16 15 24 — 66

3-point field goals — D'Evelyn (10): Davis 5, Brinkerhoff 2, Draeb 2, Jolton; Longmont (2): Speidel, Mitchell. Total fouls — D'Evelyn 18, Longmont 16. Technical fouls — Balbin.