LONGMONT — For the last week, the Longmont players and coaches have watched as scores and results have poured in across the state.
The Trojans had yet to play a game that mattered.
They finally got their chance on Tuesday night against Discovery Canyon and made the most of it, beginning a their season with a 67-45 victory over the visiting Thunder.
"I think the kids were tired of practicing," Longmont coach Jeff Kloster said. "They needed to get to a position and we as coaches need to see what we are doing and what we can focus on adjustment-wise in practice and so forth."
The games will come at a more rapid pace now and the Trojans will get all of about 20 hours to enjoy win No. 1. They host Golden on Wednesday night.
After a much expected not-so-clean first quarter, Longmont settled into it's rhythm in the second and took advantage of a sloppy ball-handling quarter for the Thunder.
Discovery Canyon (0-2) turned the ball over 10 times in the second and Longmont took advantage by out-scoring them 18-9 to take a 33-22 lead to the break.
"We got them to go a little bit faster than they needed and we were able to capitalize on the turnovers," said Kloster, who starts his 23rd year at the helm of the Trojans program. "We were at a severe height disadvantage and we did a real good job of boxing out."
How good? Longmont limited Discovery Canyon to just one offensive rebound.
The Trojans, with the speedy backcourt duo of Luke Johnson and Tol Mugunga, steadily wore the Thunder down with their defensive pressure and ability to create open looks on the offensive end.
Johnson, a 5-10 junior, scored a career high 29 points and looked at ease doing so.
"We've been working hard in practice and I think we are one of the last teams to play, so we were ready for this," said Johnson, who scored 16 of his 29 points in the first half and is embracing his new role as a team leader. "I was shooting for 30, but 29 will do."
Mugunga pitched in with 16 points and Caden Dion added 10 for Longmont.
The Trojans did a number on the Thunder's Hayden Fry, limiting the senior to just 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Seth Clawson had 10 points in the losing effort for Discovery Canyon.
LONGMONT 67, DISCOVERY CANYON 45
DISCOVERY CANYON (0-2)
Daryn Whisman 0 0-0 0, Seth Clawson 4 1-2 10, Anthony Zacheroff 0 0-0 0, Malik Scott 2 1-2 5, Hayden Fry 4 4-4 13, Zach Anderson 2 3-4 8, Britt Logan 1 0-0 3, Chase Rogers 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 9-12 45.
Luke Johnson 10 8-9 29, Tol Mugunga 5 6-8 16, Dallas Dye 2 2-2 7, Oakley Dehning 0 1-2 1, Caden Dion 5 0-0 10, Beck Page 0 1-2 1, Alec Thompson 1 0-2 3, Jarod Fixmer 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 18-25 67.
Score by quarters:Discovery Canyon 13 9 12 11 — 45
Longmont 15 18 20 14 — 67
3-point field goals — Discovery Canyon (4): Clawson, Fry, Anderson, Logan; Longmont (3): Johnson, Dye, Thompson. Total fouls — Discovery Canyon 16; Longmont 11. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.