WINDSOR — The Longmont Christian boys basketball team on Thursday night wanted nothing more than to flex their muscles in their final game before heading to Class 1A district competition next week.
Even with sophomore post Dominic Puchino limited with foul trouble against Class 2A and Mile High League foe Dawson School at Windsor’s Power 2 Play facility, the Warriors were able to withstand a sometimes overly physical game and find stretches of play that has rivaled their best this season in a 78-63 win.
Oh, and don’t forget about LCS’ Michael Voigt and the senior night that he had — he certainly won’t. Voigt scored 36 points and was the rock-steady kid on the court the Warriors needed to outlast the Mustangs.
“They are our rival, so we wanted to bring the fire, keep up the pace and we wanted to battle tonight,” Voigt said after the win, which brought Longmont Christian to 14-5 overall and 9-4 in league play.
The game was played at breakneck speed throughout, an indication both teams wanted to get the win in order to assure the best possible seeding for their respective district tournaments.
Things got a little hairy in the third quarter, but it affected both squads in different ways.
Puchino was saddled with a technical foul — and his fourth personal foul — early in the third quarter, and eventually the officials would tag Dawson for a couple of technical fouls in the frame, too.
Amidst all that, the final two minutes of the third was the Voigt Show — he scored 14 straight points for his team to finish the quarter and the Warriors went ahead 59-48 after trailing 46-45.
“I was just feeling pretty hot, and so I just tried to get any opportunity and then just try and play good defense,” said Voigt, who hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth, too. “I thought, even with Dom out a bit, that we could put things together. But yeah, I just felt hot so you gotta shoot.”
Dawson School (10-9, 7-5) continued to fight. The Mustangs went on a 10-2 run to make it 64-58. Voigt and Jordy Grant-Krenz exchanged 3-pointers after that, but the Mustangs went cold and lost their top scorer, Gavyn Pure, with 2:43 to go as he fouled out.
Pure finished with 26 points and Grant-Krenz had 14 to lead Dawson.
“We had three technicals, and we were completely in the game until those happened,” Dawson School head coach Tobin Skenandore said. “(Voigt) is a shooter, clearly, and you leave him open … why not shoot it? He did a good job, and Longmont Christian just had more composure at the end.”
Sophomore Ryan Shellenberger pitched in 14 points for Longmont Christian.
Longmont Christian 78, Dawson School 63
At Power 2 Play Sports
DAWSON SCHOOL (10-9, 7-5)
Fulkerson 2 0-0 4, J. Grant-Krenz 5 1-4 14, Pure 10 3-4 26, Breese 1 1-2 3, Watts 4 2-2 10, C. Grant-Krenz 0 2-2 2, Shams 1 2-4 4, Burridge 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 11-18 63.
LONGMONT CHRISTIAN (14-5, 9-4)
Voigt 10 12-19 36, Puchino 6 1-2 13, Shellenberger 4 4-4 14, Eldred 3 3-8 10, Holst 1 0-0 2, L. Saunders 1 1-2 3. Totals 25 21-35 78.
Score by quarters:
3-point field goals — Dawson School (6): Grant-Krenz 3, Pure 3; Longmont Christian (7): Voigt 4, Shellenberger 2, Eldred. Fouled out — Pure. Technical fouls — Pure, Puchino, Shams, Burridge.