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LONGMONT — City champs.

And now the Trojans march on to state with some momentum.

Longmont swept the season series from crosstown rival Silver Creek with a business-like 56-45 Northern Conference road victory on Thursday night.

The Trojans (16-7, 10-4) also washed the bitter taste of defeat out of their mouths that lingered from Tuesday’s 54-51 home loss to Thompson Valley.

“This really helps propel us into the playoffs,” Longmont coach Jeff Kloster said. “We had a tough loss against Thompson Valley and how you come out in your next game really kind of shows that character of your team, whether it’s a positive character or a negative character.

“I really felt good about the kids because they really wanted to be city champs and they achieved that goal.”

It wasn’t easy. The Raptors (8-15, 4-1) didn’t look anything like the group that was throttled 54-33 in the first meeting.

Silver Creek led 17-15 before allowing Longmont to end the first half on an 11-0 run that was completed with a Jordan Johnson 3-pointer.

“It always feels good to get a rivalry win,” said Longmont standout Josh Cogdill, who scored his team’s first eight points and finished with a game-high 18. “They came out with great intensity and gave us a game. It was fun.”

The Trojans led by double digits throughout the second half before Silver Creek scratched its way back into the game and cut the deficit to 38-34 on a basket by Brandon Bane with 6:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“We just got kind of lazy on offense and panicked a little bit,” Cogdill said. “We stepped up on defense and got a couple stops and knocked down our free throws.”

Cogdill stopped the Raptors’ rally with six consecutive points, including a dunk, to give Longmont a 44-34 cushion.

The Trojans went 16-for-20 (80 percent) from the free-throw line.

“It was because we attacked offensively with a purpose. When you do that, good things are going to happen,” Kloster said. “When you break the opponent down you’re going to get some easy looks, which we converted. We did a good job from the free-throw line. It was a great day to be a Trojan.”

Silver Creek’s Patryck Woodley-Minter did not make a field goal in the game. To his credit, the powerful 6-6 big man did knock down 9-of-10 free throws.

Trey Fleming and Eric Machmuller also finished with nine points for the Raptors.

Brian Donaire (13 points) and Reilly Mau (10) joined Cogdill in double figures for the Trojans, who also beat Skyline and swept Niwot during the regular season.

“When we have great intensity, we’re pretty dang good. When we’re lethargic and lackadaisical, we’re just mediocre,” Kloster said. “We have to make sure that we are consistent with that energy all the way through the playoffs.”

The 4A state playoff brackets will be unveiled on Sunday.

“I think we’re looking good,” Cogdill said. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but I feel we’re a solid team and we’re hoping to go pretty far.”

Longmont 56, Silver Creek 45

At Silver Creek HS

LONGMONT (16-7, 10-4)

Alaniz 0 2-2 2, M. Johnson 3 0-2 6, Cogdill 6 4-4 18, Donaire 3 6-6 13, Mau 4 2-4 10, J. Johnson 1 2-2 5, Rossi 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 16-20 56.

SILVER CREEK (8-15, 4-10)

Machmuller 3 2-4 9, Fleming 4 0-0 9, Bane 3 0-0 7, Woodley 0 9-10 9, Gray 3 1-2 7, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 12-16 45.

Score by quarters:

Longmont 12 14 12 18 — 56

Silver Creek 13 4 13 15 — 45

3-point field goals — Longmont (4): Cogdill 2, Donaire, J. Johnson; Silver Creek (3): Machmuller, Fleming, Bane. Total fouls — Longmont 14, Silver Creek 18. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.