Longmont’s Luke Johnson, left, shoots a three over Silver Creek’s Sam Schlegel on Thursday,
Longmont's Luke Johnson, left, shoots a three over Silver Creek's Sam Schlegel on Thursday, (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

LONGMONT — One of the many barometers the Silver Creek boys basketball team is using to weigh its own worth this season is how the Raptors respond to adversity.

Coming off a 76-68 loss to Thompson Valley that snapped a four-game win streak, the Raptors had the cross-town rival Longmont Trojans coming to its place on Thursday night. Having beaten the Trojans by just four points in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 17, the Raptors knew they had the perfect opportunity to test their ability to bounce back.

They responded with a 69-56 victory.

"Thompson Valley was one of our worst games of the season but tonight we came out with a lot more fire," Raptors senior Hunter Becvar said. "This time we played four quarters. Last time against these guys, we only played two in my opinion. But tonight we played hard defense and we stuck with it the whole game."

Becvar said the Raptors (17-3, 8-3 Northern) helped their cause immensely by jumping out to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter. In doing so the Raptors were able to keep the Trojans (10-9, 7-5 Northern) at arm's length, leading by a similar margin to at the start of each following quarter before finishing out the win.

"It's always easier to play with a lead," Becvar said.

Junior Trent Dykema (18.95 ppg) led the Raptors with a game-high 22 points, scoring 13 of those points in the second half. The Trojans, who had won four out of their last five games before Thursday, got a team-high 21 points from junior Luke Johnson (16.2 ppg).


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"I thought the atmosphere was tremendous and both teams battled and played to their strengths," Raptors head coach Bob Banning said. "It just seemed to be our night. We came out a little more aggressive after dropping that game to Thompson Valley and I thought our guys were really coachable tonight. Longmont is a good team and I just think our boys rose to the occasion tonight."

The Raptors have now swept the Trojans in 2017. Silver Creek had not previously beaten Longmont boys basketball, a team that has reached the Final Four in each of the past two seasons, since a 52-47 win on Feb. 21, 2014.

The Raptors will host Niwot (9-10, 5-5 Northern) on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Trojans will travel to face Summit (7-12, 2-7 Western Slope).

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Silver Creek 69, Longmont 56

At Silver Creek H.S.

LONGMONT (10-9, 7-5)

Johnson 6 5-6 21, Mugunga 4 2-5 10, Dye 1 1-2 3, Dehning 1 1-2 4, Dion 1 0-0 3, Page 2 0-0 5, Mosness 0 0-0 0, Thompson 4 2-2 10, Fixmer 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 11-17 56.

SILVER CREEK (17-3, 8-3)

Becvar 3 3-4 9, Dykema 8 4-4 22, Blink 4 1-3 10, Harrison 2 1-5 5, Warner 1 0-0 2, Riters 0 0-0 0, Schlegel 6 2-2 15, Call 3 0-0 6. Totals 27 11-18 69.

Score by quarters:

Longmont 10 13 10 23 — 56

Silver Creek 20 11 14 24 — 69

3-point field goals — Longmont (7): Johnson 4, Dehning, Page, Dion; Silver Creek (4): Dykema 2, Blink, Schlegel. Total fouls — Longmont 18, Silver Creek 19. Fouled out — Dehning, Dion.