LOVELAND — The Longmont boys basketball coaches all thought Calvin Seamons would have an advantage in Tuesday night's game against Thompson Valley if he just made himself available.
With Seamons asserting himself and staying aggressive, they also believed the floor would open up and the Trojans would have a much better chance to win. So before the game, head coach Jeff Kloster challenged Seamons to be in attack mode for the entire game and to make sure his eyes went to the rim every time he caught the ball.
Seamons, who was averaging 7.4 points per game before Tuesday, shook off consistent heckling from the opposing student section to score 15 points and help key a second-half Trojans surge in an important 61-44 road win during what has been a home-heavy season thus far.
"I wasn't trying to do anything selfish but Kloster told me that if I played more aggressive, then I could help the team out more," Seamons said. "I think the fans were also looking at the roster over there and talking a little trash, but that's OK. It helps with defensive intensity and I just tried to get going at the defensive end and then get to my offense."
Tuesday's victory over the Eagles (10-5, 4-3 Northern) capped an unbeaten first turn through the Northern League schedule and propelled the Trojans (11-1, 7-0 Northern) even further out ahead of the pack. The Trojans have now won 10 in a row since losing by two points in overtime to then-No. 1 Golden, which stands as their only loss of the season.
"After this first round of conference play, it's great to go into the next round at 7-0," Seamons said. "We've just got to keep the tempo and energy up for the rest of the season."
After letting an early lead slip, the Trojans led 24-23 at halftime. They then opened the second half on a 7-0 run while the Eagles couldn't find the basket until senior Justin Wiersema scored with 3 minutes, 24 seconds left in the third quarter to stop the Eagles' drought. The Trojans held the Eagles to six points in the third quarter and led by 21 points midway through the fourth.
Though Wiersema did lead the Eagles with 16 points, it was below his 21-point season average. The Trojans, meanwhile, had four players score in double figures. Senior guard Luke Johnson (18.5 ppg) scored 16, Seamons scored 15, Brady Renck had 13 and Oakley Dehning had 10. Beck Page nearly made it five players in double digits, scoring nine points of his own.
Kloster said the Trojans played two of their better back-to-back quarters of basketball on the second half and that he was proud of how a number of different players elevated their games.
"I thought in the second half we played with a greater sense of urgency," Kloster said. "When you create as many turnovers as we did at the defensive end, you put them in an uncomfortable position. All of a sudden, we had run-outs, we attacked the rim and the cool thing for me is how many people we had double figures and another kid with nine. I think we forced something like 26 total turnovers and we only had five, and when you combine all of those things together, good things are going to happen."
The Trojans will play their next four games away from home, including a trip to Centaurus on Friday.
Longmont 66, Thompson Valley 41
At Thompson Valley H.S.
LONGMONT (11-1, 7-0)
Johnson 6 3-5 16, Renck 3 7-8 13, Elkins 1 0-1 2, Dye 0 0-0 0, Dehning 4 0-0 10, Dion 0 1-2 1, Sprecher 0 0-0 0, Page 4 0-0 9, Seamons 5 3-4 15. Totals 23 14-20 66.
THOMPSON VALLEY (10-5, 4-3)
J. Wiersema 5 6-7 16, Juarez 1 0-0 2, Ell 0 0-0 0, Morgan 0 0-0 0, A. Wiersema 0 1-2 1, Edwards 5 1-1 14, Kasprzak 4 0-0 8, Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Richardson 0 0-0 0, Kreikemeier 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 8-10 41.
Score by quarters:Longmont 1591725—66
Thompson Valley 1491612—41
3-point field goals — Longmont (6): Dehning 2, Seamons 2, Johnson, Page; Thompson Valley (3): Edwards 3. Total fouls — Longmont 16, Thompson Valley 18.