Smothering. Confounding. And just a tad frustrating ... at least for the opposition.

Longmont's defense, whether they are playing a 1-3-1 zone, 2-3 zone or man-to-man -- and it can switch from possession to possession -- can give teams fits.

On Tuesday night against a Centaurus team that came in with high hopes of coming away with a valuable road win, the Trojans stifling effort on the defensive end of the floor -- forcing 23 Warriors turnovers -- broke open a game that was tight early and helped them cruise to a 59-37 victory.

"We were just running, finding bodies, got good box outs, good close outs and we were flying around making plays," Longmont sophomore Dallas Dye said.

Coach Jeff Kloster's ninth-ranked team in the Class 4A poll improves to 3-1. Centaurus, which will have to have a quick memory with a game on Wednesday night against Vista PEAK, drops to 3-3.

In the early going, Centaurus showed no fear against Longmont, taking it into the paint and getting looks for Nate Totel on the inside and kick-outs for open jumpers from Joe Lynch and Nick Vaver.

But those looks seemed to disappears early in the second, and the Trojans busted open an 11-11 game with a 15-3 run that did more damage to the Warriors psyche than anything else.


"It's our confidence and poise and the execution of the things we work on and talk about," said Centaurus coach Travis Maron, whose team was led by Vaver's 12 points and Lynch's 10. "That's what Longmont does, they execute the things they are coached to do.

"We talk about growth. And can we grow from this? We took our lumps, but can we learn and can we grow? And we have another opportunity to take a test tomorrow. Who will we be tomorrow when we show up?"

Longmont saw its lead balloon to as much as 18 in the third quarter, with the combination of Dye and Luke Johnson doing a majority of the work. In all the duo accounted for 36 of the Trojans 59 total.

It's been a refreshing bounce back for Longmont, which gave then-No. 1 Golden all it could handle last week in a 66-64 overtime loss. But Dye and the Trojans certainly aren't firm believers in moral victories.

"It was great to see that because we are really forming as a team," said Dye, whose team will play its final game before the holiday break on Wednesday night at home against Green Mountain. "Everyone is doing their job on the floor, getting boards and doing what we are supposed to do out there."

Dye finished with a game high 19 points and Johnson added 17.

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At Longmont


Asher Sugianto 0 0-0 0, Ian McGuire 2 1-2 9, Quinn Rubin 0 0-0 0, Pedro Medina 0 0-0 0, Nick Vaver 4 1-2 12, Joe Lynch 4 1-1 10, Maliek Swain 0 0-0 0, Nate Totel 3 0-0 6. Totals 14 3-5 37..


Austin Derksen 0 0-0 0, Luke Johnson 5 6-7 17, Brady Renck 2 1-2 7, Jaydon Elkins 0 0-0 0, Dallas Dye 7 5-6 19, Oakley Dehning 1 1-2 3, Caden Dion 0 1-2 1, Grant Rulon 0 0-0 0, Matt Sprecher 0 0-0 0, Beck Page 1 1-2 4, Calvin Seamons 3 0-0 6, Eddie Kurjak 1 0-0 2, 20 15-21 59..

Score by quarters:



3-point field goals — Centaurus (6): Vaver 3, McGuire 2, Lynch; Longmont (4): Renck 2, Johnson, Page. Total fouls — Centaurus 19, Longmont 13. Technical fouls — Rubin.