WINDSOR — It was a game that both Longmont Christian and Twin Peaks had circled on their schedules.
A contentious game last season went the way of the Warriors, but both teams were none to happy with the way things went down and the physical nature of the play.
On Friday night at the Power2Play Sports facility — where Longmont Christian plays its home games — the Warriors kept it a one-sided rivalry against the Timberwolves, posting a 51-37 victory to improve to 11-3 overall and 6-2 within the league.
One player that wasn’t on hand for last year’s shenanigans was Longmont Christian senior Michael Voigt, but his returning teammates were quick to give him the low down and made sure he was fired up.
“I had heard they were pretty tough and knew that we were pretty fired up to get on tonight,” said Voigt, whose efforts on the defensive end on Twin Peaks guard David Jarvis overshadowed his 17 point effort. “We knew if we played our game, we’d be all right.”
Longmont Christian threatened to run away with the game early on, jumping out to 12-2 lead and using their drastic size advantage of Dominic Puchino (6-foot-7) and Voigt (6-5) to get easy looks in the paint.
But Twin Peaks, as it has found a way all season, battled back and made things interesting early in the second quarter. At one point they cut the lead to 16-13 on a run of their own that didn’t include a single point from Jarvis.
“It was one we wanted, but all the credit to them. They came in with plan to stop David, and they did,” said Twin Peaks coach Cameron Wright, whose team fell to 8-5 overall and 2-4 in the league. “I got out-coached in that aspect and I didn’t free him up enough and we didn’t get him going.
“And when your leading scorer get (seven) points or whatever he ended up with, that’s what is going to happen … 37 points is not going to win many high school basketball games.”
It was a game of runs for Longmont Christian, a team that relies heavily on their outside shooting game — and it never got going on Friday night. An 8-0 run in the second quarter gave them some cushion and then a huge 9-0 run in the third after the Timberwolves had cut the lead to 30-25 proved to be huge.
“We have a lot of options and we are capable of driving it in and getting to the rack,” said Voigt, who finished with 17 points. “Tonight showed what we cane do as a team and our weapons, even when those shots aren’t falling.”
Puchino led all scorers with 21 points.
Nathan Wanninger and jake Dawson each finished with eight points to lead Twin Peaks.
Jon Yunt: email@example.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt
LONGMONT CHRISTIAN 51, TWIN PEAKS 37
At Power2Play Sports
TWIN PEAKS (8-5, 2-4)
Jarvis 3 1-4 7, Wanninger 3 0-1 8, Phillips 3 0-0 6, Quintana 0 2-2 2, Widhalm 0 0-0 0, Barber 1 0-0 2, Sosa 1 0-4 2, Payan 0 0-1 0, Ellis 0 2-2 2, Dawson 0 8-10 8. Totals 11 13-24 37.
LONGMONT CHRISTIAN (11-3, 6-2)
Puchino 7 5-6 20, Shellenberger 2 1-2 6, L. Saunders 1 0-0 2, Azar 0 3-5 3, Holst 0 0-0 0, Voigt 3 11-16 17, Eldred 0 3-4 3. Totals 13 23-33 51.
Score by quarters:
Twin Peaks Charter98812—37
3-point field goals — Twin Peaks (2): Wanninger 2; Longmont Christian (2): Puchino, Shellenberger. Total fouls — Twin Peaks 24, Longmont Christian 22. Fouled out — Dawson; Azar, Holst. Technical fouls — Puchino.