ERIE — Eleven calendar days had passed since the Silver Creek boys basketball team had seen game action, as for no rhyme or reason Dec. 2 was the last time the Raptors got the chance to play an actual opponent.
That was bound to make Trent Dykema and the rest of the Raptors a bit hungry for the court when they faced Erie on Wednesday night.
With a blitz built on pressure defense and an effort that was 32-minutes strong, Silver Creek had its way early against the Tigers on the road to an 82-45 win, putting them at 3-0 with just one more game ahead of the holiday break.
The time between contests was obviously well spent.
"We had a good week of practice, but we really wanted to play because that's a long time to go without, and I feel we were ready, for sure," said Dykema, who poured in 26 points for the second time in the three games SCHS has played.
The Tigers played a much better second half, but Silver Creek's onslaught in transition play was a spectacle. On the finishing end of most of it was Dykema, who posted 13 points in the first quarter alone and added five more in the second stanza as SCHS built a 46-17 halftime lead.
The Raptors have no shortage of lengthy wingspans in their lineup, and they utilized that aspect of their roster in getting tipped passes and anticipating dribbles, stealing the ball on seeing a man or two down-court for the quick and easy layup.
The style of play has led to the Raptors scoring at last 60 points in all three contests so far, and they have an unblemished record at 3-0 with a game at Summit coming Friday night.
The Raptors were balanced in scoring, as only Hunter Becvar joined Dykema in double figures — he had 10 points. Carter Blink and Christian Warner each had nine points and Sam Schlegel added eight. Overall, 11 players scored buckets in the game.
"We try and use the athleticism of our team and push the tempo so we can force what we want," Dykema said. "It's fun, but we're making sure to push each other as we play what we want to be our identity."
Erie was without several of its players due to sickness, and big man Cameron McCurry is still not 100 percent to return for the Tigers. Luke Loy and Taran Black combined to hit some tough shots, particularly in the third quarter, and the pair combined for 21 points.
The Tigers still sit with a 4-2 record and will host Centaurus on Friday.
Silver Creek 82, Erie 45
At Erie HS
SILVER CREEK (3-0)
Belcher 1 0-0 2, Becvar 4 2-2 10, Dykema 10 6-7 26, Blink 3 2-2 9, Harrison 2 0-1 4, Warner 3 3-4 9, Graves 0 0-0 0, Hubert 1 0-0 2, Riters 1 0-0 2, Schlegel 3 2-2 8, Call 2 2-2 6, Grossant 1 2-4 4. Totals 31 19-24 82.
Tyson 2 1-2 6, Black 3 3-4 10, Loy 4 2-4 11, Farineau 3 0-0 6, Roper 1 3-4 5, Mathis 1 0-0 3, Mayers 0 0-0 0, Meier 1 2-2 4, Yopp 0 0-0 0. Toals 15 11-16 45.
Score by quarters:Silver Creek 23 23 19 17 — 82
Erie 9 8 15 13 — 45
3-point field goals — Silver Creek (1): Blink; Erie (4): Tyson, Black, Loy, Mathis.