It might have been a little bit longer of a walk from the locker room to the court than the boys basketball teams from Silver Creek and Mead are accustomed to, but Raptors head coach Bob Banning immediately saw a perk of the equation.
“Hey, we even had a running clock in the locker rooms,” Banning quipped. “It was top-class all around and there was no way we were going to be late to our own game.”
Not only did Silver Creek and Mead enjoy the red carpet treatment Wednesday during the teams’ appearance at the Pepsi Center, but the Raptors were able to put together a 61-49 win against their cross-town rivals on an NBA floor just hours before the host Nuggets took on the Milwaukee Bucks.
It was a roundly successful endeavor for both teams. According to Banning, both squads were allotted roughly 1,500 tickets for the game. With both teams selling their entire ticket quota, not only was there a decent high school crowd in the NBA gym, but Banning estimates that about $2,000 was raied for his program.
“It was just great all-around,” Banning said. “We got to see the pros come in, then we got to be fans for the (Nuggets) game. They really did a nice job of taking care of both teams.”
On the floor, Silver Creek outscored the Mavericks 21-7 in the second quarter to take control. Jackson Engles paced the Raptors with 21 points and Zane Lindsey added 15.
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SILVER CREEK 61, MEAD 49
At Pepsi Center
SILVER CREEK (9-8)
Lindsey 7 1-2 15, Rembert 2 2-4 8, Engles 8 4-4 21, Campbell 1 0-0 2, Sjobakken 1 3-4 6, Echevarria 4 1-4 9. Totals 23 11-18 61.
3-point field goals — Silver Creek (4): Rembert 2, Engles, Sjobakken. Total fouls — Silver Creek 10.