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Frederick’s Austin Rivera looks to pass over Skyline’s Marquis Harrison on Friday at Skyline High School. Rivera scored 25 points and the Warriors defeated the Falcons 68-54.

 

LONGMONT — The Frederick boys basketball team is at a critical point in its season and the Warriors appear to be reaching critical mass.

After a 68-54 road win over the rival Skyline Falcons on Friday, the Warriors have now won their past six games, five of which were in unfriendly gym.

Sitting amid a crowded peak atop the Tri-Valley League, the Warriors, who received three votes in the latest Colorado AP media poll, are in a good place. But if they want to climb the conference ladder, Frederick will have to keep it going on the road next week against the league’s best.

“This just gives us a boost of confidence, especially for Windsor,” Warriors senior Austin Rivera said. “Windsor is at the top of our conference right now and this looks good for us, especially the way we’ve played on the road. We’ve got some tough games coming up but we’re definitely confident in how we’re playing right now.”

Against the Falcons, Rivera had a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, and fellow senior guard Alex Therrien scored 21.

The Warriors (11-3, 5-1 Tri-Valley) will face the defending league champion Windsor Wizards (8-6, 4-1 Tri-Valley) on Tuesday and league co-leader Mead Mavericks (8-6, 5-1 Tri-Valley), who dealt the Warriors their last loss on Jan. 7, on Friday. They’ll gladly take the type another dual performance from their scoring tandem against either squad.

But the Warriors were most pleased with the contributions from the rest of the lineup.

Filling in for starting guard Michael Broz, who was out with an illness, junior Jake Doud chipped in nine points and five rebounds. He also hit a 3-pointer that quieted a Falcons rally in the third quarter.

“I knew I had to step it up and fill some big shoes because he’s a good player,” Doud said. “I just played the best I could. That three was big. I don’t get many opportunities like that so it was fun.”

Rivera caught fire for 12 points in the third while the Falcons began to find their shooting stroke in an attempt to mount a comeback. Warriors junior Ryan Yancey had nine points and three steals and hit a cluster of free throws to hold off the surging Falcons in the fourth quarter.

“We came out strong in the second half because we didn’t want to let down. We knew these guys could get hot real quick and they did,” Rivera said. “We had to just keep pushing forward.”

Though the Warriors led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, the Falcons (4-9, 2-4 Tri-Valley) pulled within nine with two minutes left in the fourth.

Senior guard Luciano Quesada led the Falcons with 15 points. Junior Marquis Harrison scored 10 points in the second half and senior Garret Angstead scored nine.

But the Falcons, who have lost five of their last six games, could not overcome a six-point first quarter, 21 turnovers, and a 28-18 rebounding disadvantage.

The Falcons will host Mead on Tuesday.

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Frederick 68, Skyline 54

At Skyline H.S.

FREDERICK (11-3, 5-1)

Lowney 0 0-1 0, Lebon 0 0-0 0, Yancey 1 7-10 9, Rivera 11 1-2 25, Doud 3 2-5 9, Therrien 5 9-15 21, Hiser 0 0-0 0, Dufour 2 0-0 4, Kolanowski 0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 19-33 68.

SKYLINE (4-9, 2-4)

Quesada 6 2-3 15, Green 0 0-0 0, Lucero 0 0-0 0, Harrison 3 2-3 10, Helgeland 0 0-0 0, Angstead 3 1-2 9, Soriano 2 0-0 4, Elcock 3 1-1 7, Manzanares 1 3-6 5, Torrez 0 0-0 0, Forsyth 1 0-0 2, Brenneman 0 0-0 0, Stuvel 0 0-0 0, Dietz 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 9-15 54.

Score by quarters:

Frederick 20 15 19 14 — 68

Skyline 6 10 19 19 — 54

3-point field goals — Frederick (5): Rivera 2, Therrien 2, Doud. Skyline (5): Angstead 2, Harrison 2, Quesada. Total fouls — Frederick 22; Skyline 26. Fouled out — Dugour, Quesada, Forsyth.