Longmont’s Tol Mugunga grabs the ball from Frederick’s Avery Elkins in the second quarter Wednesday night at Longmont High School. Go to
Longmont's Tol Mugunga grabs the ball from Frederick's Avery Elkins in the second quarter Wednesday night at Longmont High School. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

LONGMONT — Nearly as much as he enjoys the games, Tol Mugunga loves practicing with his teammates.

The Longmont Trojans' only senior has also waited patiently for an opportunity to start a playoff game as the point guard for one of the state's top programs. He got that chance on Wednesday when the No. 21 Trojans hosted 44th-seeded Frederick in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

While Mugunga made the most of his debut as a postseason starter, this year's unusually young Trojans group did its best to make sure Wednesday's game wasn't his last as a Trojan. The end result was a 72-34 win and an opportunity for a little more practice time with Mugunga.

"The biggest thing is that we wanted another day of practice for Tol Mugunga," Trojans head coach Jeff Kloster said. "He's our senior and we don't want to say goodbye to him. We want to keep him in the program as long as we can. So to make that happen, I thought we played with tremendous intensity tonight."

Against the Warriors (11-13), Mugunga scored 11 points while setting up his teammates early on. Longmont junior Luke Johnson (17.2 ppg) scored 12 and the Trojans (13-11), who hit eight 3-pointers in the game, led 37-23 at halftime. They also received a big boost in the form of a season high 16 points from sophomore Brady Renck and another season high from sophomore Calvin Seamons, who had 11 points.


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Coming off a double-overtime win over Skyline in their final game of the regular season on Saturday night, Johnson said the recent dogfight inspired the Trojans to be sharp when the playoffs started.

"After the Skyline game, we really came back and came together," Johnson said. "Our young guys, like Brady, were big for us tonight. I think we're just starting to peak right now."

The Trojans will travel to face No. 12 Golden (16-7) in the second round. Golden used its considerable size advantage to defeat the Longmont boys 49-39 during the regular season on Dec. 7.

Senior guard Nathan Washington led Frederick with 13 points. Though Wednesday's loss was a tough one for the Warriors, second-year head coach Enoch Miller said the team will take comfort in the strides it made towards turning the program around.

"I'm proud of our kids, first of all," Miller said. "To go from five wins last season to more than doubling that this year, it really took them coming together as a group. As far as tonight, our inability to keep number eleven out of the paint was the difference in the game."

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Longmont 72, Frederick 34

Frederick’s Nathan Washington knocks the ball away from Longmont’s Oakley Dehning in the first quarter Wednesday night at Longmont High School.
Frederick's Nathan Washington knocks the ball away from Longmont's Oakley Dehning in the first quarter Wednesday night at Longmont High School. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

At Longmont H.S.

FREDERICK (11-13)

Quinlan 0 0-0 0, Washington 5 3-4 13, Elkins 3 0-0 8, Lowry 0 0-0 0, Chohon 0 0-2 0, Campos 0 0-0 0, Dreitz 1 2-2 4, Buffington 0 0-0 0, Cartelli 0 0-0 0, Rawson 1 0-0 2, Green 0 0-0 0, Lahr 2 0-0 5. Totals 12 7-10 34.

LONGMONT (13-11)

Johnson 4 3-3 12, Mugunga 4 3-4 11, Renck 6 3-4 16, Dye 2 0-0 6, Dehning 0 0-0 0, Dion 1 0-0 3, Page 2 0-2 6, Mosness 0 0-0 0, Seamons 5 0-0 11, Alec Thompson 3 1-2 7, Fixmer 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 10-14 72.

Score by quarters:

Frederick 10 13 5 6 — 34

Longmont 19 18 18 17 — 72

3-point field goals — Frederick (3): Elkins 2, Lahr; Longmont (8): Dye 2, Page 2, Seamons, Johnson, Renck, Dion. Total fouls — Frederick 16, Longmont 14. Technical fouls — Lowry.