The Longmont High boys basketball team is undefeated and has been ranked No. 1 in the Class 4A AP media poll all season. Playing at home this Saturday, however, the Trojans likely will face the greatest threat to their undefeated season when the Montbello Warriors, ranked fifth in 5A, come to Longmont High School.
Here are a couple comparisons between two of the state’s best boys basketball teams:
– Montbello guard Malik Hart is ninth in 5A with a scoring average of 19.8 points per game. He is also averaging 3.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals, and has made 48 percent of his shots from behind the 3-point line. Trojans junior guard Justinian Jessup is averaging 17.7 points per game and junior forward Kevin Mitchell, who hasn’t played since Jan. 10, is averaging 16.0 points per game.
– The Trojans have one win against a ranked 4A team, having defeated then-10th-ranked Mead (8-3) on Dec. 5. Both of the Warriors’ two losses have been to ranked 5A teams – top-ranked Regis Jesuit and third-ranked Dakota Ridge.
– The Warriors have 10 players who are listed at 6-foot-3 or taller on their roster, including 6-foot-6 guard Troy Green, who is averaging 11.4 points per game. The Trojans have four players who are listed a 6-foot-3 or above.
– The Warriors reached the second round of last year’s 5A state tournament. The Trojans reached the Sweet 16 of the 2014 4A state tournament.
After a 56-38 win over Mountain View on Thursday night, Trojans head coach Jeff Kloster said this about the upcoming match-up of ranked teams:
“I’m excited, to be totally honest,” Kloster said. “We need to be challenged and we need to see some athleticism. We’re gonna see if we can’t bring it. I believe in my kids and hopefully we can get another win.”
Saturday’s game should be a good challenge for both squads and an entertaining show for anyone who can make it to Longmont High School at 12:30 p.m.
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