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    Silver Creek's Ashton Hubert gets fouled by Beck Page during a game against Longmont on Thursday in Longmont. Go to for more photos.

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    Longmont's Luke Johnson dribbles past Joe Roth-Bogrett during a game against Silver Creek on Thursday in Longmont. Go to for more photos.

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    Longmont's Luke Johnson cuts down the net after the Trojans wrapped up the Northern League title with a win over Silver Creek.

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    Silver Creek High School's Nick Eaton takes a shot during a game against Longmont on Thursday in Longmont. Go to for more photos.

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    Longmont's Calvin Seamons takes a shot over Erik Grossaint during a game against Silver Creek on Thursday in Longmont. Go to for more photos.

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    Longmont coach Jeff Kloster cuts down the net after the Trojans wrapped up the Northern League title Thursday night.



LONGMONT — There’s always something a bit anticlimactic when a high school basketball team locks up a conference title by winning a one-sided game on the road against a weaker opponent.

That was far from the case in the Longmont High School gym on Thursday night. Hosting the seventh-ranked Silver Creek Raptors, a group of familiar crosstown rivals whom they edged by just two points earlier in the season, the third-ranked Longmont Trojans broke a close game open in the final minutes to pull out a 49-37 win.

With the win, the Trojans seized the Northern League championship. Having to battle in front of a packed house at home in order to do so made the moment much more special.

“It was a really fun game tonight to play in a packed house against our rivals,” Longmont junior Brady Renck said. “It’s always a good game and easy to get up for. It feels great to not only get the win but to take conference in front of our home fans. There couldn’t have been a better matchup for us. Coach Kloster has been telling us a lot of early-season polls had us fourth in the conference so we just used that as motivation. They kept doubting us and we just kept bringing it every night.”

Winners of their last 17 games, the Trojans (18-1, 12-0 Northern) picked up their 12th conference win on Thursday night. In beating them head-to-head for the second time this winter, the Trojans also dealt a decisive third loss to the Raptors (16-4, 8-3 Northern), the only remaining team that could have potentially matched the Trojans’ absolute worst-case final conference record of 11-3.

When Longmont won 66-64 in the teams’ first meeting of the season on Jan. 16, their respective leading scorers in Silver Creek’s Trent Dykema (23.25 ppg) and Longmont’s Luke Johnson (19.3 ppg) went off for a combined 48 points. With those two the focal points of the opposing defenses in the rematch, it was Renck who shouldered the scoring load by finishing a number of fast-breaks and difficult layups to make seven of his eight attempts from the field and lead all scorers with a career-high 18 points.

“Our half-court offense was not there in the first quarter so we knew if we were going to come back, we’d have to get out and run and that’s something we do in practice all the time,” Renck said. “We started to play a lot better defense, we shared the ball and it just happened to be me on the other end of that tonight.”

During a frantic first quarter, Silver Creek held Longmont to just one point and pulled ahead before the Trojans gained their footing in the second. The Trojans came up with a steal that led to an and-one for Renck at the other end and their first lead of the game with 26 seconds left in the first half. Just 11 seconds later, another Longmont steal and a second Renck layup at the other end gave the Trojans a 22-18 halftime lead.

“That’s the first time we’ve been really tested in the first quarter where shots weren’t falling and it seemed for a little bit like we panicked,” Longmont head coach Jeff Kloster said. “But they continued to trust at the defensive end. Whenever you limit a good team to 37 points, you’re going to have a chance to win.”

The Longmont lead hovered around four or five points throughout the third quarter. Silver Creek’s Trevor Riters followed a Dykema 3-pointer with a free-throw that cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the frame before Renck hit a 3-pointer a minute later to push the lead back up to four. Caden Dion then made a layup just before the end of the third to give the Trojans a 34-28 lead to start the fourth.


Johnson assisted on three straight baskets to give the Trojans a 38-29 lead with 4:31 left and Dallas Dye hit a pair of free-throws to give them a double-digit lead with 3:45 remaining in the game. Not helped by the fact that their post players were in foul trouble and they were chasing from behind, the Raptors struggled to put the ball in the basket down the stretch.

“I felt like we were right in it, but they’re a very good team and they play really well at their place,” Silver Creek head coach Bob Banning said. “In a game like this, I felt like there were some things we could have went to where we would have had an advantage and some segments when if we’d just made some more shots, we could have ran away from them. It’s a game of swings, it really is, and they did the right things at the right times.”

The Trojans will host a non-league opponent in Summit (9-11, 2-8 Western Slope) on Saturday. The Raptors will hit the road to continue their conference schedule against Niwot (1-19, 0-11 Northern) on Saturday.

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Longmont 49, Silver Creek 37

At Longmont H.S.

SILVER CREEK (15-4, 8-3)

Belcher 0 0-0 0, Eaton 4 1-2 10, Dykema 3 4-4 11, Duquette 0 0-0 0, Roth-Bogrett 0 1-2 1, Warner 0 5-6 5, Hubert 0 1-2 1, Riters 1 3-4 5, Grossaint 2 0-0 4. Totals 10 15-20 37.

LONGMONT (18-1, 12-0)

Johnson 2 6-8 10, Renck 7 2-5 18, Elkins 1 1-1 3, Dye 0 3-4 3, Dehning 0 2-2 2, Dion 2 2-2 6, Page 0 2-2 2, Seamons 2 1-5 5. Totals 14 19-29 49.

Score by quarters:

Silver Creek 89109—37

Longmont 1211215—49

3-point field goals — Silver Creek (2): Eaton, Dykema; Longmont (2): Renck 2. Total fouls — Silver Creek 27, Longmont 17.