LONGMONT — With back-to-back 20-win seasons, the senior class for the Silver Creek boys basketball team is leaving a benchmark for the program that will take an overwhelming amount of drive to match.

That, coach Bob Banning said on Wednesday night, was a big part of the reason he told his team to keep their heads held high after their season came to an end at home against the visiting Widefield Gladiators, 54-51, in their Class 4A Sweet 16 game.

More of a low-scoring affair than either team was used to, No. 10-seeded Widefield (21-4) didn't take a lead in the game until there was one minute, 15 seconds left in the third quarter — and the teams would go on to exchange leads four more times the rest of the way.

But the Gladiators' season-leading scorer, Tre Pierre, banked a jumper off the glass with about 2 minutes to go to give Widefield a 52-51 advantage, and No. 7 Silver Creek ended the game without scoring another point despite making marks in hustle plays that gave them chances to stay in the contest.

The Raptors finished the season 20-5, following up last season's 21-4 record.

"No regrets," said Banning after his team came up just short of the Great 8. "We played a quick and athletic team, you know. I know our kids threw down as hard as they could and we as a coaching staff prepared as hard as we could. You get this far, you have to keep telling yourself that there's only one winner in each classification.


"This is a great bunch of boys and I really enjoyed coaching them ... it's going to be hard to say goodbye to (the seniors)."

Trent Dykema had 23 points in his final prep game, while fellow senior Eric Grossaint added 12 points for Silver Creek in the loss.

Pierre, who came in averaging 19.9 points a game, finished with 17 including 13 in the second half, but it was TJ Davis who had a team-most 20 points for Widefield and made the most noise of anyone by finishing off an alley-oop to end the third quarter and give his team a 44-40 lead heading to the final frame.

Silver Creek’s Erik Grossaint takes a shot over Tre Pierre during a Sweet 16 playoff game against Widefield on Wednesday in Longmont.
Silver Creek's Erik Grossaint takes a shot over Tre Pierre during a Sweet 16 playoff game against Widefield on Wednesday in Longmont. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

No matter how you slice it, a gritty effort was posted by both teams. For Silver Creek, however, it was a lot harder to fend off Widefield once the Raptors gained a significant early lead.

The Raptors led by scores of 24-14 and 28-19 as late as the two-minute mark of the second quarter. Widefield closed the half on a 7-0 run to make it 28-26 at the break, and Pierre helped WHS chip away once again after Silver Creek had scored the first five points of the third quarter.

The Raptors missed out on some chances at the free-throw line while holding the edge, and Widefield took its first lead at 39-37 after a Pierre and-1. The Gladiators eventually took a 47-42 lead with 7:04 left.

But Dykema and his teammates weren't finished, and in fact the alley-oop play didn't get the Raptors off-kilter at all. Dykema hit a 3-pointer with 2:26 left to regain the lead for SCHS at 51-50, and the Raptors had a chance to match Pierre's bank shot with about one minute left but turned the ball over underneath their basket. After Pierre hit two free throws with 30 seconds left, the Raptors had possession the rest of the way but struggled to set up against Widefield's defense.

Dykema got the ball in his hands for one last chance with just 1.9 seconds left but he was swarmed by Widefield to force his shot off.

"I think he might have gotten hit by two kids on that shot, and I'd bet on him making three (free-throws) to send it into overtime, but I also know that kind of a foul isn't getting called at the end of a game," Banning said.

"I wish that when we had those two 10-point buffers, that we could have dropped a couple more shots that I wish were right there."

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

Widefield 54, Silver Creek 51

At Silver Creek HS


Williams 1 0-0 2, Goodwin 3 0-0 6, Howard 1 0-1 3, Newborn 1 0-0 3, Davis 7 4-4 20, Pierre 7 3-7 17, Lacy 0 0-0 0, Days 1 1-2 1, Bairus 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-14 54.


Belcher 1 0-0 2, Eaton 1 0-4 3, Dykema 8 4-4 23, Duquette 0 0-0 0, Roth-Boggrett 0 0-0 0, Warner 2 0-1 5, Hubert 0 0-0 0, Riters 1 4-4 6, Grossaint 5 2-2 12. Totals 18 10-15 51.

Score by quarters:


Silver Creek18101211—51

3-point field goals — Widefield (4): Davis 2, Howard, Newborn; Silver Creek (5): Dykema 3, Eaton, Warner.