Boys basketball: Austin Robison feasts inside as Skyline beats Roosevelt

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    Skyline's Austin Robison attempts a long-range jump shot as Roosevelt's Dylan Poley defends on Thursday night at Skyline. The Falcons won the game handily behind Robison's 20 points. Visit for more photos.

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    Skyline's Adrian Compian lifts off for a layup during the Falcons' win over Roosevelt, their 13th victory of the season.



LONGMONT — Skyline’s deep attack eventually drew Roosevelt out of the paint — quite the view for big man Austin Robison.

The junior dominated inside on Thursday night as he scored 15 of his 20 points after the break to go along with nine rebounds, leading Skyline to a 49-31 win over Roosevelt at home. With less defenders bearing down on him, he was nearly unstoppable.

“We started hitting outside shots and they had to put just one person on me,” Robison said. “Usually teams double me when I go to the post, but when they just have one person I can usually go to work.”

Gage Robertson added 10 points while Chris Roy and Hayden Robison each had seven for Skyline (13-7, 10-3 5A/4A Tri-Valley), which currently sits third in league and was 18th in the 4A RPI prior to the game.

The night belonged to the big man and the defense, though. The Falcons held the Roughriders (6-14, 3-10) to a season-low in points.

“Say what you want about my guys but they’re going to guard hard every night, they’re going to rebound hard every night,” Skyline coach Tyler Cerveny said. “Some nights we shoot it well and some nights we won’t. But we always talk about (how) defensive toughness travels wherever you go.”

Robison had 13 of his team’s first 16 points in the second half as the Falcons built a double-digit lead. He had eight points in the third quarter and another seven in the fourth, all while dominating the boards and establishing a presence a few feet from the rim.

Skyline’s four 3s in the opening half, including consecutive long-range makes from Robertson and Roy in the final 1:43 of the second quarter, helped give the Falcons a 20-16 lead. Even better, SHS’ long-range arsenal made enough of an impact to force the Riders outside.

“They had to extend,” Cerveny said. “And they had a hard time guarding Austin. He did a good job inside.”

With temperatures in single-digits outside the gym, perhaps it was case of two cold offenses needing a bit of thawing when neither team scored in the opening 2 minutes, 30 seconds of the game.

Skyline’s defense never relented. The Falcons held Roosevelt scoreless for a span of 4:54 late in the first quarter to the second. Then, they limited the Riders to only five points in the third and just 16 in the second half.

“I think we play best when we play our best defense,” Austin Robison said. “We’re not always the most talented team on the court, but we have the grittiness to guard teams. And we help each other and we get steals and buckets. That’s all we can do.”

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Skyline 49, Roosevelt 31

At Skyline HS

ROOSEVELT (6-14, 3-10)

Poley 1 0-0 2, Bra. Saya 1 0-0 3, Davis 2 0-0 4, Wall 3 0-0 8, Herrera 0 0-0 0, Grimes 0 0-0 0, Arndt 1 0-0 3, Moore 0 0-0 0, Bro. Saya 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Long 2 0-0 6, Puchino 2 1-1 5, Patrick 0 0-0 0. Team 12 1-1 31.

SKYLINE (13-7, 10-3)

Roy 3 0-3 7, Orona 0 0-0 0, Abram 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Elwood 0 0-0 0, Elwood 0 0-0 0, Robertson 2 5-8 10, Tapia 0 0-0 0, Compian 1 0-0 2, Carolan 0 0-0 0, McGregor 0 1-2 1, Silva 1 0-0 2, McKrola 0 0-0 0, A. Robison 7 6-8 20, H. Robison 2 1-2 7. Team 16 13-23 49.

Score by quarters:

Roosevelt              11 5 5 10  — 31

Skyline                    8 12 9 20  — 49

3-point field goals — Roosevelt (6): Long 2, Wall 2, Bra. Saya, Arndt; Skyline (4): H. Robison 2, Robertson, Roy. Total fouls — Roosevelt 18, Skyline 9. Fouled out — No players fouled out. Technical fouls — Bra. Saya.