Basketball: Belcher’s hot hand delivers Silver Creek past Skyline

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    Silver Creek's Nick Eaton, left, tries to go up on Skyline's Austin Robison during their nonleague basketball game at Silver Creek on Tuesday night. The Raptors came away with a 71-49 victory. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Silver Creek head basketball coach Bob Banning and his bench celebrate after a Raptors basket against Skyline on Tuesday.

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    Skyline's Gage Robertson shoots from outside during a game against Silver Creek on Tuesday night at Silver Creek.

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LONGMONT — Charlie Belcher stepped back for long-range 3-pointers and fought through traffic for a few spectacular plays at the rim as Silver Creek turned a tight first half into a runaway victory on Tuesday night.

He was sick. His game was sick.

There were eight lead changes in the opening half before Belcher and Andrew Duquette fueled a 21-1 run to push the Raptors out to a commanding lead in their eventual 71-49 win over the Skyline Falcons.

Belcher scored seven of his team-high 19 during the spurt and Duquette scored nine of his 15 for Silver Creek (3-2), pushing the advantage to 40-23 by the 5 minute, 49-second mark of the third quarter.

Belcher was noticeably ill afterward. With bloodshot eyes, he was coughing as fans offered their kudos. He’ll still remember this “Flu Game” fondly.

“It was really fun putting it to them in the second half,” he said.

Beforehand, his coach said he tried to offer him a bit of encouragement.

“It’s kind of funny, it was a long time ago but I told him before the game I started my best high school game as a shooter was when I was sick with the flu,” Silver Creek coach Bob Banning said. “I don’t know if it meant anything to him or not … but he had a good game for us.”

Skyline (3-4) pulled within 12 in the third before the Raptors ran away with it. As part of a 28-point third quarter for Silver Creek, Nick Eaton slammed a two-handed dunk and Belcher swished a 3 five feet back of the perimeter.

Austin Robison and Nate McGregor each had 13 points to lead Skyline, which had allowed only 47.7 points per game coming into the night.

The Longmont schools played for the first time in three years. According to MaxPreps, Silver Creek has now won the past 13 meetings.

“Skyline coach (Tyler Cerveny) and myself are really good friends and it fell into both of our schedules,” Banning said. “It was time to start this up again.”

Brent W. New: bwnew@prairiemountainmedia.com and @brentwnew

Silver Creek 71, Skyline 49

At Silver Creek HS

SKYLINE (3-4)

McKrola 0 0-0 0, Roy, 1 0-0 2, Orona 1 0-0 3, Abram 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Elwood 0 0-0 0, Robertson 2 1-3 5, Robison 4 3-7 13, Silva 1 2-2 4, Tapia 0 0-0 0, Compian 3 0-0 9, Carolan 0 0-0 0, McGregor 4 5-6 13.

SILVER CREEK (3-2)

Belcher 6 4-7 19, Eaton 4 2-3 11, Rich 5 2-4 12, Duquette 4 6-7 15, Peter 0 0-0 0, Koelfgen 0 0-0 0, Kuehl 0 0-0 0, Garcia 3 2-3 9, Hasan 1 0-0 3, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Scott 0 0-2 0, Oster 1 0-0 2.

Score by quarters:

Skyline (3-4)                     14 9 14 12  — 49

Silver Creek (3-2)              17 9 28 17  — 71

3-point field goals — Skyline (6): Compian 3, Robison 2, Orona; Silver Creek (7): Belcher 3, Eaton, Rich, Garcia, Hasan. Total fouls — Skyline 21; Silver Creek 20. Fouled out — No players fouled out. Technical fouls — No technical fouls.