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Boys basketball: Longmont’s fourth quarter surge downs Silver Creek

Eddie Kurjak had 17, including a monstrous dunk

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    LONGMONT, CO - Longmont High School's Dallas Dye takes a shot over Tanner Call during a game against Silver Creek on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Silver Creek High School's Cam Hassert goes for a shot over Keegan Patterson during a game against Longmont on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Silver Creek High School's Andrew Scott takes a shot during a game against Longmont on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Longmont High School's Keegan Patterson takes a shot during a game against Silver Creek on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Longmont High School's Devon Nowels goes for a layup during a game against Silver Creek on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Longmont High School's Ryan Schneider takes a shot during a game against Silver Creek on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Silver Creek High School's Tanner Call takes a shot over Ryan Schneider during a game against Longmont on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Longmont High School's Ryan Schneider drives to the hoop for a layup during a game against Silver Creek on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Longmont High School's Keegan Patterson sneaks a pass through the arms of Matt Koelfgen, left, and Andrew Scott during a game against Silver Creek on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Silver Creek High School's Zach Noesen goes for a layup over Clayton D'Epagnier during a game against Longmont on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Silver Creek High School's Andrew Scott takes a shot during a game against Longmont on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Silver Creek High School's Matt Koelfgen dribbles past Ryan Schneider during a game against Longmont on Friday in Longmont.

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LONGMONT — Longmont continued its dominance in league play Friday night. Eighteen straight points in the final quarter made sure of that.

Eddie Kurjak had 17 points, Devon Nowells 16, and the Trojans used the big fourth quarter run to beat Silver Creek 67-57 and extend their more than two-year undefeated run in league play.

“The kids just did a great job on both ends of the floor to take over the game (tonight),” Longmont coach Jeff Kloster said afterward.

Dallas Dye added his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Ryan Schneider had 15 points. The two seniors are the only returning varsity players from the Trojans’ 27-1 campaign from a year ago, and yet they’ve continued to thrive despite the roster turnover.

Friday’s win was the program’s 30th straight win in the 4A Northern League.

“I think we have a chip on our shoulder, like basketball comes through Longmont,” Kurjak said. “We got to keep that reputation going.”

Nowells’ 3 with 7:26 remaining snapped a 48-48 tie and kicked off an 18-0 run that spanned 4:09. Karson Hills’ free throw with 2:35 to go finally ended the drought for Silver Creek, which got a 21-point night from sophomore Andrew Scott, but had three players out with the flu including leading-scorer Andrew Duquette (17.5 ppg).

“We know that Longmont is well-coached and a premiere program in the area, and we were playing them on their home floor,” Raptors coach Bob Banning said. “I thought our kids played with a lot of courage and for the most part carried out the game plan really well.”

The discrepancy at the line didn’t help matters, either. Longmont (8-2, 2-0) hit 18 of its 31 free throws, while the Raptors (5-6, 1-1) were just 8-of-13.

“You just can’t get behind the foul count like that and expect to stay in a physical game,” Banning assessed.

The crosstown rivals traded leads in the opening half, punctuated by a one-handed slam against contact from Kurjak, who completed the 3-point play to send the game into the break tied at 31.

The Trojans had led by five after the first quarter but missed seven free throws in the half as Silver Creek took advantage. Cam Hassert’s hoop with 1:16 remaining in the half gave the Raptors a 31-27 lead.  But Longmont responded as Schneider went to the line and hit a free throw before Kurjak’s theatrical slam with 41 seconds to go.

In the third, the Raptors pushed their lead back to six on the strength of two 3s apiece from Scott and Zach Noesen. But Longmont came back with a 9-0 run to go up 48-45 heading into the fourth.

Longmont will host Niwot Tuesday, while Silver Creek is at home against Greeley Central.

The boys game followed the Trojans’ 48-32 win over the Raptors on the girls’ side.

Jordynn Lee led the way with a career-high 26 points for Longmont, which used a 17-6 third to win for the second time in three games. Sally Marshall and Emmelia Ashton each added eight.

Silver Creek lost its fifth straight. Marissa Bartels had a team-high 13 points.