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Boys basketball: Adams guides streaking Frederick past Skyline in rematch

Frederick's Lucas Adams puts up a shot against Skyline on Friday at Skyline High School. Joshua Buck / Times-Call
Joshua Buck
Frederick’s Lucas Adams puts up a shot against Skyline on Friday at Skyline High School. Joshua Buck / Times-Call

LONGMONT — The Frederick boys basketball team’s winning streak continued Friday night against Skyline. So did junior point guard Lucas Adams’ hot shooting.

Adams has hit double-digit scoring in seven of the Warriors’ last eight games, and the team has won nine of its last 10. The versatile guard contributed 20 points, five assists and six rebounds to a 75-64 conference win over the Falcons.

The Warriors narrowly defeated the Falcons 51-47 in the Tri-Valley rivals’ first meeting on Jan. 17. So as hot as the Warriors have been in the past month, they entered the rematch with plenty of motivation.

“We barely got them last time when we played them at home so we knew they were gonna be gunning for us,” Adams said. “We just took care of business and we’re happy with the W.”

Adams said the Warriors wanted to keep the Falcons’ big men out of the paint and out of the scorebook, but they didn’t execute.

Falcons forward Tyler Wright scored 11 points and Colton Dabney had 10 points, seven rebounds and six big blocks. Warriors forward Jayden McGraw said he and forward Ryan Miller (14 points, five rebounds) felt they played well against the Falcons’ physical big men.

“It was kind of rough with the posts trying to get in your head and stuff,” said McGraw, who finished with 10 points. “I was just trying to keep my head and play smarter than the others.”

After the Falcons ended the first half on a 6-0 run, the Warriors led just 32-28 at halftime. But the Falcons had some turnover issues early in the third and fell further behind.

The Warriors, who shot 20-for-23 from the free-throw line in the game, pulled away for good on a 19-9 run to start the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t let the offense come to us and we just got hectic,” Falcons senior guard Austin Gutierrez said. “Instead of taking our time and letting stuff come to us, we threw away good chances of getting in the lead.”

Senior point guard Marcus Rice led the Falcons with 14 points.

With the conference win, the third-place Warriors (11-9, 8-3) created some distance between themselves and the fourth-place Falcons (7-13, 5-7).

The Warriors play at Sterling (18-1, 11-0 Tri-Valley) on Monday. The Falcons play Longmont (14-6, 9-3 Northern) on Saturday.

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Frederick 75, Skyline 64

At Skyline HS

FREDERICK (11-9, 8-3)

Adams 4 10-10 20, Hall 2 2-2 8, Therrien 1 0-0 3, Harrison 3 0-0 7, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Martinez 3 2-2 9, Gomez 1 0-0 2, Broz 1 0-0 2, Lowney 0 0-0 0, Mulvin 0 0-0 0, Miller 5 4-5 14, McGraw 4 2-4 10, Spitale 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 20-23 75.

SKYLINE (7-13, 5-7)

Soriano 2 0-1 4, Smith 0 1-2 1, Dabney 3 4-4 10, Mandrell 0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 4 2-5 11, Stuvel 0 2-2 2, Rice 7 0-0 14, Quesada 3 2-2 8, Buchtel 1 0-0 2, Anthony 0 1-3 1, Wright 5 1-2 11. Totals 25 13-21 64.

Score by quarters:

Frederick 20 12 16 27 — 75

Skyline 14 14 11 25 — 64

3-point field goals — Frederick (7): Adams 2, Hall 2, Harrison, Therrien, Martinez; Skyline (0): None. Total fouls — Frederick 19, Skyline 19. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — Dabney.

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