Boys basketball: Skyline awaits postseason placement after another strong showing

  • Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer

    Skyline's bench, led by coach Tyler Cerveny (left), celebrate a 3-pointer on the court from Adrian Compian during the team's win against Berthoud on Friday night at Skyline. The Falcons won 45-35 to set up a possible first-round home game in the playoffs. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

  • Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer

    Skyline's Gage Robertson, left, shoots over Berthoud's Benjamin Burkett during Friday night's game at Skyline.

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LONGMONT — At least in terms of postseason seeding, the Skyline boys basketball team didn’t have a ton to play for in its regular season finale on Friday night.

But Berthoud certainly did. So the Falcons got themselves a game to close things out before Sunday’s postseason brackets are announced.

With the top 48 teams in the Class 4A RPI qualifying for the state playoffs, the Berthoud Spartans sat at No. 51 entering the game and played like they needed a win. At No. 19 themselves, the Falcons had already clinched a playoff spot for the third straight season.

The Falcons still obliged their guests with a gritty effort, which they used to grind out a tough 45-35 victory.

“We knew they had to win to get into the playoffs so we just had to come out and win,” Skyline sophomore Hayden Robison said. “It was also senior night so we were feeling good. Coach (Tyler Cerveny) said he’s only ever lost one game on a senior night so we had to grit it out. Both teams played really hard and it felt good to end the regular season with a win.”

In the teams’ first meeting of the Tri-Valley League season on Jan. 24, Skyline (15-8, 12-4) beat the Berthoud (6-16, 3-12) boys 51-48 in overtime. That game was close from start to finish and Friday’s rematch was similarly close with the Falcons leading 19-15 at halftime.

The Falcons began to pull away midway through the third quarter and held a 37-24 lead to start the fourth. Berthoud pulled within six with 2 minutes, 40 seconds left in the game. After that, however, the Falcons went 4-for-7 from the free throw line while the Spartans shot 0-for-6 from the field.

“The defenses were both real tough tonight,” Robison said. “It was low scoring but in the second half, we just came out stronger and that’s what we needed.”

The Falcons played 11 games decided by seven or fewer points during their 23-game regular season. In those games, the Falcons are 7-4. Their total point differential is +59.

The Colorado High School Activities Association will release the postseason basketball brackets on Sunday. The top 16 teams earn a first-round bye, while the following 16 squads will host.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Skyline 45, Berthoud 35

At Skyline H.S.

BERTHOUD (6-16, 3-12)

Lozinski 2 3-4 9, Poll 1 0-0 3, Peacock 9 0-2 11, Hardy 1 1-2 3, Hoogland 1 1-2 3, Stratmeyer 0 0-0 0, Carr 1 0-0 2, Burkett 1 0-0 3, Hidalgo 1 1-1 3. Totals 17 6-11 45.

SKYLINE (15-8, 12-4)

Roy 0 0-1 0, Elwood 1 0-0 3, Robertson 2 0-0 5, H. Robison 2 5-8 11, A. Robison 4 2-6 12, Silva 2 0-0 4, Compian 2 2-4 7, McGregor 1 1-3 3. Totals 14 10-22 45.

Score by quarters:

Berthoud       10 5 9 11  — 35

Skyline             9 10 18 8  — 45

3-point field goals — Berthoud (5): Lozinski 2, Peacock, Poll, Burkett; Skyline (7): H. Robison 2, A. Robison 2, Elwood, Robertson, Compian. Total fouls — Berthoud 21, Skyline 13. Technical fouls — Peacock.