LONGMONT — The Longmont gym has been a house of horrors for the Silver Creek boys basketball team over the years.
Even in competitive situations, the Trojans have always been the team in the rivalry that failed to get completely rattled and end up walking out with another notch in the desired win column.
Now's as good a time as any for firsts, Silver Creek senior Hunter Becvar said after Tuesday night's 59-55 thrilling victory for the Raptors.
"This is our first ever win at Longmont in our school history, so it was a big deal, but it was a team win ... and in the second half we just played confident and played great defense," Becvar said after scoring a team-most 23 points and adding seven rebounds. "This one is delicious."
Looking to keep pace in the uber-competitive Northern League, which Northridge leads with a 4-0 mark, Silver Creek overcame another hot-shooting Longmont team from the perimeter to move to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in league.
Seeing their Trojans counterparts jump out to a 31-20 lead at half thanks to six 3-point field goals, the Raptors started draining shots from outside in the second half to turn the energy to their bench. Silver Creek hit seven treys for the game — all after halftime to help erase that 11-point deficit.
As for those previous awful finishes for the Raptors, they may have exorcised a few demons Tuesday.
Longmont (6-5, 3-1) led by a 53-51 count as late as with 2 minutes, 46 seconds to go in the game. That's when Silver Creek stepped up its defensive pressure, and Longmont stumbled into some rare turnovers.
Sam Schlegel hit a short baseline jumper coming off a turnover to tie it at 53-53 with about 2:15 to go, and the Raptors forced another turnover on the ensuing possession but could not take advantage.
Still tied with just 50.6 seconds to go, Christian Warner stole an inbounds pass on the Longmont end of the floor and was fouled, but when he missed the front end of the bonus Sam Schlegel swooped in for a rebound and found Becvar up top for a 3-pointer to make it 56-53.
Kahri Harrison was fouled after nabbing another offensive rebound on a Warner missed free throw with 18 seconds left and the score 57-54, and Harrison calmly made the free throws to essentially seal it.
Longmont had six turnovers in the fourth quarter after committing just eight through three frames. Silver Creek also had just two turnovers after halftime.
"We made a lot of big plays in the end, and that's what it came down to," Becvar said. "We really had to up our pressure from half-court to full-court man, and we got them into a trap a couple times. We fronted well second half, too."
Trent Dykema had 15 points for Silver Creek, while Luke Johnson led LHS with 14. Oakley Dehning also pitched in 13 for the Trojans.
The teams will meet up again Feb. 9.
Silver Creek 59, Longmont 55
At Longmont HS
SILVER CREEK (9-1, 3-1)
Becvar 8 4-6 23, Dykema 6 3-4 15, Blink 0 0-2 0, Harrison 2 2-4 7, Warner 1 1-3 4, Tanner 0 0-0 0, Schlegel 3 0-0 8, Call 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 10-19 59.
LONGMONT (6-5, 3-1)
Johnson 4 4-6 14, Mugunga 3 0-2 6, Dye 1 0-0 2, Dehning 3 4-5 13, Dion 2 0-1 5, Page 3 0-0 9, Mosness 2 0-0 4, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Fixmer 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 8-14 55.
Score by quarters:Silver Creek 7 13 20 19 — 59
Longmont 15 16 15 9 — 55
3-point field goals — Silver Creek (7): Becvar 3, Schlegel 2, Harrison, Warner; Longmont (9): Dehning 3, Page 3, Johnson 2, Dion.