LONGMONT — As a result of the football team’s state runner-up run, the Silver Creek boys basketball team has had just two practices as a group.

Against the Green Mountain Rams, the Raptors’ lack of practice time showed in a 56-42 home-opening loss.

“You never want to make excuses, but I think there were times we fumbled the ball a little bit because we just haven’t had enough repetitions yet,” Raptors head coach Bob Banning said. “Some of those things I just think are what you deal with when your football team goes deep into the playoffs.”

Two Raptors seniors who didn’t play football — Brandon Bane and Patryck Woodley-Minter — led the team. Bane led with 14 points and Woodley-Minter filled up the rest of the stat sheet with eight points, six boards and three steals.

But it wasn’t enough to overcome an occasionally stagnant offense and a defense still trying to find its court legs.

“We were just kind of getting mixed up on defense and it’s a credit to them, they were hitting a lot of big shots,” Bane said. “We were struggling with our rotation and they were hitting their shots.”

Bane’s eight first-quarter points and some good defense got the Raptors off to a good start. They led 10-7 after the first quarter.

But the Raptors fell into some foul trouble and an 18-6 Rams second quarter put them in a 25-16 halftime hole they couldn’t come back from.

Rams leading scorer Ryan Stephan scored 23 points, including 11 in the breakaway second quarter. Bane played against Stephan during the summer and knew he was a talented outside shooter. Despite Stephan’s size at 6-foot-9, the Raptors were more concerned with his scoring from the perimeter.

“We had talked about him and trying to get out on him,” Bane said. “We did our best but he’s a good player and he just hit his open shots when he had them. It’s pretty unusual coming from a kid so big, but he’s a good shooter from the outside.”

Bane outshot Stephan 3-2 from the perimeter and Woodley-Minter, 6-6, defended him well inside. But Stephan still found the basket on leakouts and breakaways.

Raptors football players Trey Fleming (eight points) and Trace Gray (six rebounds and three steals). Quarterback Austin Apodaca added six points while playing point guard.

Despite battling rust, Woodley-Minter said the Raptors’ effort was there against the Rams. They just need more time together to get back into a rhythm.

“It’s just minor stuff that’s correctable,” Woodley-Minter said. “I feel like everybody came out and played hard and gave everything they could. We’ll just keep moving up and building forward.”

The Raptors will get the chance to practice together a time or two before they host Evergeen (2-2) on Thursday.

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Green Mountain 56, Silver Creek 42

At Silver Creek HS


Davis 1 4-8 7, Schaller 1 0-0 2, Lorenzen 1 0-0 3, Zeller 5 2-2 12, Stephan 8 5-6 23, C. Haug 0 0-0 0, Engle 0 0-0 0, J. Haug 4 1-1 9, Steck 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 12-17 56.


Lord 0 0-0 0, Flemming 3 2-2 8, Apodaca 3 0-1 6, Johnson 0 2-4 2, Bane 5 1-2 14, Woodley-Minter 3 2-4 8, Goforth 0 0-0 0, Chambers 0 0-0 0, Machmuller 1 0-0 2, Cecil 1 0-0 2, Gray 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-13 42.

Score by quarters:

Green Mountain 7 18 12 19 — 56

Silver Creek 10 6 12 14 — 42

3-point field goals — Green Mountain (4): Stephen 2, Davis, Lorenzen; Silver Creek (3): Bane 3. Total fouls — Green Mountain 12, Silver Creek 16. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.