LONGMONT — Beck Page led the Longmont Trojans with 21 points as they finished undefeated in the first month of the season with a 62-42 win over the Discovery Canyon Thunder on Wednesday.
The Trojans had strong moments on both sides of the ball throughout the game, using their defense to pull ahead early and the offense late to finish strong.
More importantly, the win keeps the No. 2 ranked Trojans in contention to defend their title through the first part of the season.
“We wanted to finish undefeated in 2018,” Page said. “We made that a goal for tonight. The other goal of ours is to be undefeated on our home court. This is another win for that.”
Page hit the first shot of the game and the Trojans would never trail on the night. Getting things going early was a Longmont defense that forced turnovers and contested shots by the Thunder early. Five different players scored for Longmont while Discovery Canyon was held to six points from two players in the opening quarter.
Good defense carried over into the second with eight points allowed by the Trojans. As Discovery Canyon was struggling to hit shots, the Trojans were getting looks inside off of good passing against the zone defense and offensive rebounds, as well as a handful of 3-point shots, to take a 31-14 lead.
“We limited them to 14 points in the first half and (Discovery Canyon) is a solid team,” Page said. “It was a good performance for us. Our defense leads to offense, so when our offense is on all cylinders like that, we get run outs and easy looks.”
Page ignited the offense with three shots made behind the arc to start the third quarter. The senior was able to find open looks in the corner and knocked down his attempts to lead the Trojans in the win.
“I was feeling good,” Page said. “I saw a couple of shots go down early and that gave me confidence. I just got my feet set and had confidence in my shot.”
Eight different players would score for the Trojans but Page was the lone player in double figures. Dallas Dye and Calvin Seamons each finished with nine points while Brady Renck followed with eight. Discovery Canyon was led by Daryn Whisman with 19 points.
With the winter break coming up, the Trojans know there is still work to do when they return in January in order to repeat as state champions. For now, they will leave with some early momentum and a 9-0 record to build on.
“Were a really good team again this year,” Page said. “I think we knew that coming into the season that we would have a good shot, but we lost a great player in Luke Johnson. I think everyone is stepping up and learning about our own roles and what we can do for the team.”
Longmont 62, Discovery Canyon 42
At Longmont High School
Discovery Canyon (4-5)
Daryn Whisman 7 4-5 19, Zach Anderson 3 2-5 8, Ethan Hall 2 2-4 6, Brandon Clawson 2 0-0 4, Christian Call1 1-3 3, Jack Lattanzi 1 0-0 2.
Beck Page 8 2-3 21, Dallas Dye 2 5-6 9, Calvin Seamons 4 1-3 9, Brady Renck 4 0-0 8, Oakley Dehning 2 0-0 6, Ryan Schneider 2 1-2 5, Jaydon Elkins 1 0-0 2, Austin Derksen 1 0-0 2.
Score by quarters:
Discovery Canyon (4-5) 6 8 13 15 — 42
Longmont (9-0) 16 15 16 15 — 62
3-point field goals — Discovery Canyon (1): Whisman; Longmont (8): Page 6, Dehning 2. Fouled out — Clawson. Technical fouls — Sage Yaze.