LONGMONT — On the last day before the holiday break, both the Silver Creek High and Skyline High boys basketball teams figured they ought to expend some energy during a cross-town rivalry game on Friday night.
At Skyline High School, both the Raptors and the home Falcons played at a frenetic pace but it was the Raptors who were able to wrest control from the home team from the beginning of the game. Going into the break on a high note, Silver Creek held on for a 55-41 win non-conference win.
“We just wanted to play hard defense and get on the glass,” Raptors freshman Trent Dykema said. “The offense comes with that and the pace of the game was pretty quick, especially when they’d score a couple. We wanted to keep it slow, keep it steady so we could control the game.”
Against the Falcons (3-5), the Raptors took the lead early and outscored the Falcons 18-9 in the second quarter to build a 16-point lead to start the second half. The Falcons pulled within nine points midway through the third quarter but couldn’t bridge the gap any further.
Raptors senior Jackson Engles led all scorers with 15 points and teammate Anthony Kasper chipped in 12.
The win improved Silver Creek’s early-season record to 4-1, including a win over 10th-ranked Evergreen and a five-point loss to a quality opponent in the Holy Family Tigers (3-2). Overall, Engles said the Raptors are pleased with the way they’ve started the 2014-15 season.
“We wanted to go into the break 5-0 but we lost to Holy Family, which is a good team,” Engles said. “We also got a good win against Evergreen on Wednesday and that’s a top-10 team. Coming in here, we just wanted to take care of business. It’s also a cross-town game so it’s always going to be hard-fought and people are going to show up. I’ve got to give some major thanks to our students to coming out. Going into the break 4-1, we’ll take it.”
For Skyline, which finished 8-15 last season, the loss was its fifth straight since opening this season 3-0. Junior guard Matt Dietz led the team with nine points and Thomas Moran and Tyler Brenneman each added seven.
“You have to give Silver Creek credit, they’re a good team,” Johnson said. “We also made too many mistakes to win. We were turning the ball over too much and in important situations and we were also getting good looks right at the basket and missing them. But the kids are playing hard and I think we’re on the right track. We just need to keep working.”
When they return from the break, Silver Creek will host Pueblo County (3-5) on Jan. 3. The Falcons will play on the road at Berthoud (4-5) on Jan. 9.
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Silver Creek 55, Skyline 41
At Skyline H.S.
SILVER CREEK (4-1)
Ryan Strong 1 3-4 6, Jackson Engles 7 0-0 15, Sam Busser 1 0-0 3, Austin Hartman 0 1-4 1, Chris Rapp 2 0-2 5, Anthony Kasper 3 6-10 12, Nick Hartman 0 0-0 0, Trent Dykema 2 0-0 4, Andrew Rapp 1 0-0 2, Reese Barracks 2 3-5 7. Totals 19 13-25 55.
Logan Ekern 0 0-0 0, Seth Green 1 0-0 3, Thomas Moran 3 1-1 7, Brayden Blick 0 0-0 0, Nate Higgins 2 2-3 6, Deshon Elcock 0 2-2 4, Dominic Mansanares 0 2-2 2, Tyler Brenneman 2 3-4 7, Matt Dietz 2 5-10 9, Hunter Gutierrez 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 15-22 41.
Score by quarters:
Silver Creek 8 18 17 12 — 55
Skyline 5 9 13 14 — 41
3-point field goals — Silver Creek: Strong, Engles, Busser, Rapp; Skyline: Green. Total fouls — Silver Creek 19, Skyline 19. Fouled out — Forsyth. Technical fouls — Moran.