FREDERICK — It’s all out on the table for the Skyline boys basketball team.
Beat rival Longmont on Saturday, and in the final week of the season the Falcons have given their best case as to why they should be part of the Class 4A postseason.
For the second time this week, Skyline was on the right end of a tight game on Friday night, rallying to beat Frederick in overtime, 63-62, in what was a fantastic finish to the conference season for both Tri-Valley League teams.
However, for Skyline a loss to the Warriors would have ended all hope for postseason play as they entered the day ranked No. 51 in the ratings percentage index that helps determine the 48 playoff teams.
It takes wins to move up, but beating now 1-22 Frederick — though a 29-point effort in the third quarter Friday showed they were way better than what their record indicates — is not going to help much.
So, it comes down to possibly beating the Trojans or having Longmont’s No. 4 RPI work in the Falcons favor.
“Longmont’s a good team, and we have to play hard and play well if we want to do well against them,” said Austin Robison, a Skyline sophomore who finished with 12 points.
Friday, it was playing well to start that had the Falcons (9-13 overall) looking like they were going to run away from the Warriors. They held a 15-point halftime lead at 34-19 and Frederick looked out of sorts.
The Warriors’ young guard combo of Joe Cartelli and Jacob Green, however, were scorching hot in the third as they combined for 21 points. They brought the team back, and than a Tyler Lords 3-pointer with just 56 seconds to go gave FHS its first lead at 45-44. The race was on from there.
Green finished a Lords pass down low with 5:24 to go to give Frederick a 54-49 lead, but Skyline got a big break when Green was called for a technical foul on the other end (also his fifth personal foul). The Falcons made three free throws, and with 2:35 left a Ben Lopez 3-pointer put Skyline back ahead 55-54.
A Connor Smith basket with 1:45 left was matched by three made free throws from Frederick’s Davis Richard, and the game would go to overtime tied 57-57.
In the overtime, Cartelli hit an early 3-pointer to give Frederick the early advantage, but Skyline scored the next six points and held on for dear life much like a 56-55 victory against Erie on Tuesday.
“We’ve just tried to focus on the stuff that we can control, and we just played tough to win and that’s all we could ask for,” Robison said. “We know we have each other’s backs and we have to trust each other.
“We have to slow things down, and when we stop turning the ball over as a team we can be pretty good.”
Smith scored 13 points for Skyline and Brayden Blick finished with 20 — 15 of those coming after halftime.
For Frederick, Cartelli hit six 3-pointers and finished with 26 points. Green had 22.
Skyline 63, Frederick 62 (OT)
At Frederick HS
SKYLINE (9-13, 4-10)
Lopez 1 0-0 3, Martinez 1 0-0 3, Blick 6 4-5 20, Monticello 0 0-0 0, McGregor 0 3-4 3, Robertson 0 3-4 3, H. Robison 2 1-2 6, A. Robison 4 4-6 12, Smith 4 5-7 13. Totals 18 20-28 63.
FREDERICK (1-22, 0-14)
Formby 0 2-2 2, Lords 2 0-1 5, Cartelli 9 2-2 26, Richard 0 3-3 3, Buffington 0 1-2 1, Rawson 1 1-2 3, Green 9 3-4 22, Orozco 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-16 62.
Score by quarters:
3-point field goals — Skyline (7): Blick 4, Lopez, Martinez, H. Robison; Frederick (8): Cartelli 6, Green, Lords. Fouled out — A. Robison, Green, Buffington. Technical fouls — Green.