Boys basketball: Skyline opens tournament with win over Denver North

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    Skyline's Hayden Robison drives to the basket against Denver North on Wednesday.

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    Skyline's Austin Robison puts up a shot on Wednesday against Denver North.



LONGMONT — The Skyline boys basketball team just wasn’t going to lose at home on Wednesday night.

With the type of expectations they’ve set for themselves, how could the Falcons bow out in the first round of their own tournament, the Falcon Challenge?

In their opening game, the Skyline boys won 74-67 over Denver North at Skyline High School to advance to the semifinals. Not only would the win do just fine as a solid start to the tournament, it continued what has been a strong opening week of the season for the Falcons.

“We just fought hard,” Falcons sophomore point guard Chris Roy said. “We kind of started off slow but we started picking it up. I mean, we just tried to play as a team, get good looks inside and get good looks overall.”

The Falcons (2-1) started slow with senior Brayden Blick, who is averaging 34 points a game, missing his first five shots of the game. It didn’t take long, however, for Blick to catch fire and score 26 first-half points to pace the Falcons to a 39-30 halftime lead.

With a 47-44 lead and 2:02 remaining in the third quarter, Blick picked up his fourth foul. In the time Blick spent on the bench, the Vikings (0-3) went on a 5-1 run and led by one to start the fourth quarter. Denver North tied the game at 53-53 with 5:30 left in the fourth, but Roy hit a layup that spurred a 11-1 run that got the Falcons the double-digit lead they needed to hang on for the win while 6-foot-6 sophomore Austin Robison slowed the game down and scored in the post.

“I just got caught up in the moment and tried to get a bucket,” Roy said.

Though the Falcons are a young team, they are averaging 66.7 points a game. On Wednesday, Robison scored 13 points and Roy finished with 12.

“I thought it was a good ball game,” Falcons head coach Tyler Cerveny said. “Denver North plays well and they have a good coach. Brayden shot the ball really well in the first half but when he was in trouble in the second half, a lot of guys stepped up. Once we got the lead, shot selection became crucial and I thought the boys did a great job of that tonight. We had a lot of guys do good things tonight so it was a good team win.”

The Falcons will play Summit in the second round of the Falcon Challenge championship bracket at 8 p.m. on Friday night.

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Skyline 74, Denver North 67

At Skyline H.S.


Angel 7 1-2 17, Rodrigez 5 0-0 14, Lindstrom 5 0-0 11, Sanchez 3 1-3 8, Durant 3 0-0 7, Piria 2 1-1 5, Montoya 1 0-1 3, Lucero 0 1-2 1, Medina 0 1-3 1, Medina 0 0-0 0, Silerio 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 5-12 67.


Blick 10 6-8 33, A. Robison 5 3-4 13, Roy 3 6-7 12, Martinez 2 0-0 6, Monticello 1 1-2 4, H. Robison 1 2-2 4, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, McGregor 0 0-0 0,Green 0 0-0 0, Robertson 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 18-23 74.

Score by quarters:

Denver North 16 14 19 18—67

Skyline 15 24 9 26—74

3-point field goals — Denver North (10): Rodriguez 4, Angel 2, Lindstrom, Sanchez, Durant, Montoya; Skyline (10): Blick 7, Martinez 2, Monticello. Total fouls — Denver North 35, Skyline 16. Fouled out — Blick.