LONGMONT — The Peak to Peak and Skyline programs have the common thread of being guided by second-year coaches who are looking for more after seeing the possibilities and potential at times last season.

After the hot starts for both teams, there's good reason to think the Pumas and Falcons could be in for better outcomes in the future. As for Friday night, when the two teams were pitted against each other in the semifinals of the Falcon Challenge, it was the hosts who showed a little more might when things wrapped up on their home floor.

Skyline, under coach Tyler Cerveny, improved to 4-0 on the young season with a 71-45 victory, while Matt Smith's Peak to Peak dropped to 2-2 overall.

The Falcons have been paced by a group of four starters all averaging near double figures, and it was a quality inside-outside offense that proved fruitful for SHS once again.

Guards Nate Higgins and Brayden Blick combined for 35 points, while freshman Austin Robison was a huge presence around the basket throughout the contest.

Skyline will play Wheat Ridge in the tournament final on Saturday in large part because of the effort at the front of the game Friday. They were tenacious on defense — forcing 15 Peak to Peak turnovers and holding the Pumas to 4-for-19 shooting in the first half.


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Many of those failed shots were rebounded by Robison — he had six total boards in the first half — and converted on the other end. Higgins, for one, was too quick to handle on the dribble-penetration, and he had 14 points by the time the second quarter had ended.

His first 3-pointer of the game came just 52 seconds into the third quarter to put Skyline in the right mindset for the remainder of play.

Though the second half proved to be a free-throw contest, the Falcons got four players in double-figures. Higgins had 21, Robison had 15, Blick had 13 and Hunter Gutierrez had 10.

For Peak to Peak, the positives so far have come in the form of a deep bench of players that have been able to produce points. In their two wins, they have scored 90 and 59 points, respectively.

Friday was just a struggle to get shots to fall, making just 10 of 47 field goal attempts.

Areeb Rohilla led Peak to Peak with 18 points.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Skyline 71, Peak to Peak 45

At Skyline HS

PEAK TO PEAK (2-2)

Rohilla 4 8-11 18, Higdon 0 0-0 0, Rockwell 0 0-1 0, Batra 2 0-0 6, Baker 1 4-6 6, M. Smith 1 6-8 8, DeNiro 0 0-0 0, Weyer 0 2-2 2, Shriver 2 0-0 5, Eberle-Taylor 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 20-28 45.

SKYLINE (4-0)

C. Smith 0 1-3 1, Lopez 0 2-4 2, Zietlow 0 0-0 0, D. Martinez 1 0-0 2, Blick 4 3-4 13, Higgins 9 2-3 21, C. Martinez 0 2-2 2, Robertson 0 0-0 0, Monticello 0 0-0 0, Zimblemon 0 2-3 2, Gutierrez 4 2-4 10, Robison 3 9-10 15, Garcia 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 23-33 71.

Score by quarters:

Peak to Peak 8 5 16 16 — 45

Skyline 17 21 14 19 — 71

3-point field goals — Peak to Peak (5): Rohilla 2, Batra 2, Shriver; Skyline (4): Blick 3, Higgins. Fouled out — M. Smith, Gutierrez. Technical fouls — None.