LONGMONT — Perhaps winning five games in the past eight days helped the Silver Creek boys basketball team turn a bit of a blind eye to the fact that, well, they were playing a lot of basketball in a small amount of time coming off the turn of the calendar.

A sixth game in nine days, however, proved to be a little too much to handle for the Raptors. Thompson Valley's 'A' effort — Silver Creek head coach Bob Banning didn't hesitate to grade the Eagles that way on Thursday night — also played a large factor in TVHS snagging a 51-43 road win that put Silver Creek at 9-1 overall and 2-1 in the Northern League.

Thompson Valley showed the early energy by scoring the game's first 13 points, and although Silver Creek was able to creep back to within three points in the third quarter of the low-scoring contest, the Raptors were not able to get over the hump and showed tired legs in the fourth quarter to allow TV to extend its lead to a comfortable margin.

Senior guards Darren Edwards and Justin Wiersema were unstoppable in the final frame, accounting for all 19 off Thompson Valley's points in the quarter including hitting 13 of 14 free throw chances.

"Thompson Valley just matches up very well with us, but I also think they were the hungrier team and they jumped up on us early," Banning said after the game, which saw Trent Dykema lead the way for SC with 15 points. "That didn't surprise me as much as I think it surprised our kids.


"We showed a lot of heart when we rolled back into the game, and started to play our game a bit more, but a bit too late. We've been catching a lot of people's 'A' game, and they brought it."

Silver Creek wasn't taking ill-advised shots by any means, and the fact they held the ball for the first minute of the game exemplified the mantra of working inside-out to get open looks. But they did not hit a field goal until 4 minutes and 28 seconds had ticked off the scoreboard, and SCHS would go on to hit just six of 25 first-half shots to fall behind 28-17 at the break.

Thompson Valley's Jared Kasprzak was problematic inside, as well, and his basket 23 seconds into the third quarter gave the Eagles (8-3, 3-1) a 30-17 edge. Silver Creek went on a 10-0 run over a stretch of about 4 minutes of the third, however, and with 1:58 to go a Dykema free throw made it 30-27.

The Raptors had chances to cut further into the lead but came up empty, and the Thompson Valley lead hovered around five points until half-way through the fourth.

That's when Edwards and Wiersema really took the Eagles offense on their shoulders. From the 4:37 mark, when the score was 34-29, to the end of the game the pair took every shot for the visitors and either drew a foul or hit the bucket.

Silver Creek’s Nick Eaton is covered by Thompson Valley’s Darren Edwards in the first quarter Thursday night at Silver Creek High School. Go to
Silver Creek's Nick Eaton is covered by Thompson Valley's Darren Edwards in the first quarter Thursday night at Silver Creek High School. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Wiersema finished with 22 points while his counterpart had 11.

Silver Creek and Thompson Valley each had 11 turnovers in the second half of play, but the miscues hampered the trailing Raptors from fully realizing their ability to rally.

"We let (Wiersema and Edwards) control things, and that's just something we were coached up for (preventing) but did not execute," Banning said. "It's hard when a team's that good to let them get that far up in front of you."

Silver Creek will next play Longmont on Tuesday — the first of two meetings in the always entertaining series.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Thompson Valley 51, Silver Creek 43

At Silver Creek HS


Klagge 0 0-0 0, Pomerleau 0 0-0 0, J. Wiersema 6 9-10, 22, Juarez 0 0-0 0, Ell 1 0-0 2, Edwards 3 5-6 11, Kasprzak 7 0-0 14, Shaffer 1 0-2 2. Totals 18 14-18 51.

SILVER CREEK (9-1, 2-1)

Belcher 1 2-3 5, Eaton 0 0-0 0, Dykema 4 6-7 15, Duquette 0 0-0 0, Warner 4 4-4 12, Hubert 0 0-0 0, Riters 0 0-0 0, Grossaint 4 2-2 10. Totals 13 14-16 43.

Score by quarters:

Thompson Valley1810419—51

Silver Creek98916—43

3-point field goals — Thompson Valley (1): Wiersema; Silver Creek (3): Dykema 2, Belcher. Fouled out — Eaton.