LONGMONT — Down 23-12 at the half and 38-28 early in the fourth quarter Tuesday, the Dawson School boys basketball team went on a big run in the fourth quarter to take a lead for the first time since opening the game with the first two points. Ryan Shellenberger of Longmont Christian missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds and the Mustangs secured the rebound for the 48-46 comeback win in their first league game of the season.
“We’re a young team. No matter what we do, we’re going to experience things we haven’t experienced together before,” Dawson coach Tobin Skenandore said. “We don’t know the impact of being down 10, we just know we don’t like being down 10.”
Early troubles in the first half for the Mustangs were due to a 25-15 discrepancy in rebounds in favor of Longmont Christian. By getting 10 more rebounds, Longmont Christian had plenty of second chance points and free throws to build an early lead. It also put a handful of Dawson players in foul trouble.
“(Rebounding) was a huge focal point in the locker room at halftime,” Dawson’s Phil Geraghty said. “We wanted to come out and only give them one shot, no second chance shots. I think that’s the reason we came out with the win.”
The rebounding advantage would end up 35-31 in favor of Longmont Christian with Dawson cracking down on the glass in the second half.
Even with the better rebounding, Dawson still needed a spark to get the lead. Geraghty and Coby Grant-Krenz provided it by making three shots from 3-point range in the fourth quarter to help the team go on a 15-0 run and lead by five.
The junior guards made seven shots from 3-point range, most coming in the second half.
“We just adjusted and knew what we had to do,” Geragthy said. “The shots just started to fall.”
“I just had a feeling about Phil (Geragthy),” Skenandore added. “It was just one of those nights where if we swung the ball over to him, I knew it was going to go in. It was good for us.”
Grant-Krenz led with 15 points, Geragthy added 13 and Sam Troughton scored 10 points and helped the Mustangs rebound better in the second half. Longmont Christian was led by Nick Holst with 20 points on 4-of-11 shooting from 3-point range.
“This is our first league game, so it’s a huge one, especially being a comeback win,” Geragthy said. “It’s going to really guide us going forward.”
Dawson will host its first home league game Friday, battling Dayspring Christian at 6:30 p.m.
Dawson 48, Longmont Christian 46
At St. Vrain Memorial Building
Dawson (5-3, 1-0)
Coby Grant-Krenz 5 0-0 15, Phil Geraghty 3 1-1 13, Sam Troughton 3 4-4 10, Brandon Day 2 2-6 6, Tucker Heroux 2 0-0 4.
Longmont Christian (5-2, 1-1)
Nick Holst 7 2-2 20, Ryan Shellenberger 4 0-0 8, Caleb Schanafelt 2 3-8 7, Lee Saunders 2 1-4 5, Tim Eldred 1 1-2 3, Kyle Saunders 0 2-3 2, Daniel Vrooman 0 1-2 1.
Score by quarters:
Dawson (5-3, 1-0) 4 8 16 20 — 48
Longmont Christian (5-2, 1-1) 11 12 13 10 — 46
3-point field goals — Dawson(7): Geraghty 4, Grant-Krenz 3; Longmont Christian(4): Holst 4. Total fouls — Dawson 17, Longmont Christian 17.