LONGMONT — — Senior Jackson Engles felt probably like a lot of his Silver Creek teammates on Friday night.
Centaurus head coach Brandon Gullicksrud reluctantly had to agree.
“I didn’t feel like I was boxed out the whole night, so I was able to crash the rebounds pretty well,” Engles said after a rematch against the Warriors resulted this time in a 66-48 SCHS victory. “I think as a team we found (rebounds) pretty well.”
Indeed, the Raptors simply dominated on the rebounds on a night they were missing one of their best players. Unofficially, Silver Creek outrebounded Centaurus 35-10, and by Gullicksrud’s count, the Raptors had 16 offensive rebounds.
In addition to some solid scoring nights for Engles, Zane Lindsey and Josh Tarin, each of those players pulled down at least seven rebounds as Silver Creek (8-7, 4-4 Northern League) proved its worth in the paint overall despite not having starter Eric Machmuller because of an injury.
“We got beat up inside, beat up on the boards,” said Gullicksrud, whose Centaurus team fell to 6-11 and 2-6 in the league. “It’s tough when you give that many second chances, especially when they get high-percentage looks that close to the rim off those. Their effort on the glass really hurt us.”
Both teams came out pretty even in the first quarter, with Centaurus’ Trey Puckett and Kyle Taudien draining shots from the perimeter to help the visiting Warriors to a strong start.
The two seniors hit two 3-pointers apiece, and Mike DeVries added a couple baskets inside as Centaurus led 20-19 after one quarter.
But with Silver Creek getting second chances, the Raptors started to pull away in the second frame. Steven Campbell kicked out to Engles for a 3-pointer — Silver Creek’s only one of the night — with 6 minutes, 50 seconds to go in the half to give SCHS its first lead (22-20). Puckett responded on the other end to make it 23-22, but that was the last time the Warriors led.
With 5:45 left in the second, Lindsey scored two of his 10 on a putback to make it 24-23, Campbell hit two free throws to make it 26-23, and Engles knocked down a short jumper at the 4:23 mark to give the Raptors a 28-23 lead.
A 17-4 run over the final 6:14 of the first half put Silver Creek ahead comfortably, and for the game the Raptors shot 27 for 55, just under 50 percent.
It was a far cry from the first time the teams met this season, a 41-40 Silver Creek win at Centaurus.
“If you remember the first Centaurus game, we shot like 19 percent for the whole game. It was horrible,” said Engles, who finished with 17 points. “We had the same (total) score then as we had at halftime this time. We really focused on shooting in practice the kind of shots we want to shoot in a game, trying to knock them down.”
Silver Creek coach Bob Banning persistently insisted his team come out better guarding against the 3-pointer after CHS hit for four of them in the first quarter. The Raptors responded, allowing just four the remaining three quarters.
“We stretched things out and we made some adjustments to who was covering who, and at the same time we were still able to take away the dribble-drive to the key,” Banning said. “For the most part, I just thought we worked really hard.”
Tarin finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for Silver Creek.
Centaurus was led by Puckett’s 16 points, while DeVries had 11 points and a team-most four rebounds.
Silver Creek 66, Centaurus 48
At Silver Creek H.S.
CENTAURUS (6-11, 2-6)
Omar Fuentes 0 1-2 1, Trey Puckett 6 0-0 16, Kyle Taudien 3 2-4 10, Steven Lopez 2 3-4 9, Derek French 0 1-2 1, Mike DeVries 4 3-5 11. Totals 15 10-17 48.
SILVER CREEK (8-7, 4-4)
Zane Lindsey 5 0-0 10, Nico Rembert 2 5-6 9, Josh Tarin 7 0-0 14, Jackson Engles 7 2-2 17, Austin Hartman 2 0-0 4, Steven Campbell 1 3-4 5, Francisco Echevarria 3 1-1 7. Totals 27 11-13 66.
Score by quarters:
Centaurus 20 7 12 9 — 48
Silver Creek 19 20 14 13 —66
3-point field goals — Centaurus (8): Puckett 4, Lopez 2, Taudien 2; Silver Creek (1): Engles. Fouled out — Echevarria.