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Boys basketball: Skyline cruises to win over Berthoud

Falcons girls fall into rut against Spartans

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Ashayla Powers takes a shot during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Aly McKrola takes a shot under a swarm of defenders during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Berthoud High School's Carly Fischer shoots a foul shot during a game against Skyline on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Charlee Neb dribbles past Ally Padilla during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Aly McKrola goes for a layup during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Berthoud High School's Anndee Davidson goes for a layup during a game against Skyline on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Molly Hennessy takes a shot over Emily Cavey during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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LONGMONT — Two days after the shot heard round town, Chris Roy’s buzzer-beating winner for Skyline on Tuesday played as a prelude to fellow-guard Adrian Compian’s sparkling start to Thursday.

Compian went 4-for-4 from deep in the opening quarter and tied his career-high with 18 points in a wire-to-wire 56-30 win over Berthoud.

Austin Robison added nine and Hayden Robison and Samuel Aboytes each had seven in the Falcons’ sixth straight victory. Gage Robertson had six.

“We’re a balanced group,” Skyline coach Tyler Cerveny said. “We like to share the ball. We don’t like to take bad shots. But more importantly, I think they guard collectively really well and they play for each other.”

Compian grabbed hold of the lead role in the latest win. His early 3-point attempts brushed the net with ease as his 14 points in the first dropped as effortlessly as they did quick. His fourth deep swish of the quarter pushed the advantage to 23-7 — a hole the Spartans never emerged from.

In fact, Berthoud did not score its 23rd point of the game until the final minute of the third. Eventually, Skyline starters were taken out for good with just under two minutes remaining, a 24-point lead in hand.

“Honestly, we can play with anybody when we play collectively,” Compian said. “It could be (Austin Robison or) Gage (Robertson) or me or Chris (Roy) stepping up one night, but when we’re all one team together, we’re almost unstoppable.”

Compian’s smooth highlights came 48 hours after Roy’s golden shot.

Stunning Holy Family Tuesday, which led 57-56 in the closing seconds of overtime, the senior guard beat the clock as his 3 from just inside midcourt banked in.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Hayden Robison takes a shot over Cooper Stratmeyer during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Austin Robison takes a shot over Cooper Hidalgo during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Berthoud High School's Brent Hoogland goes for a layup during a game against Skyline on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Adrian Compian drives to the hoop for a layup during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Berthoud High School's Jonah Doyle takes a shot during a game against Skyline on Friday in Longmont.

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    LONGMONT, CO - Skyline High School's Gage Robertson takes a shot over Brent Hoogland during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont.

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In a video posted to Twitter, Roy caught a long inbounds pass, took a few dribbles, stopped hard and let loose. His introduction in starting lineup prior to Thursday’s game received a loud ovation from his home fans.

“I don’t know, I just felt like a celebrity,” Roy said once word got around the school. More importantly, “I think it gives us a confidence boost.”

The Falcons (11-3, 6-2 5A/4A Tri-Valley League), after starting league play with two consecutive losses, are now just two games behind Mead for the league lead.

Next, they’re at Windsor Saturday night. The Wizards beat them 70-59 on Jan. 4.

“We know it’s a marathon,” Cerveny said. “We’re going to do what we do. We understand this thing is long. We have goals at the end of the year and we’re not going to let a couple setbacks hold us back from those goals.”

In the girls’ game, Berthoud, 4A’s No. 6 team in CHSAANow.com’s latest rankings, outscored Skyline 41-7 in the opening half en route to a 70-20 win.

Ashayla Powers, one of the premiere scorers in the classification (averaging 19.1 points per game), was held to a season-low seven points as the Falcons (4-10, 2-6) lost their fourth straight. Molly Hennessy had five.

The Spartans (14-1, 7-1) came in touting the third-highest scoring offense in the state, then proved why. A mix of an inside-out attack, the Spartans opened the game on a 14-0 run, followed it a short while later with a 24-2 spurt, and that was practically that.

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LONGMONT, CO – Skyline High School’s Charlee Neb dribbles past Ally Padilla during a game against Berthoud on Friday in Longmont. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

Emily Cavey finished with 18 points, Ally Padilla had 12 and Celsey Selland 10 for Berthoud. The 35-point mercy rule clock began at the start of the fourth with the advantage at 64-16.

Skyline will look for its first win since Jan. 14 when it hosts Windsor Saturday night. Its latest stretch came against the top three teams in the league — all of which are in the 4A top 10. That includes falling to No. 8 Erie and No. 5 Holy Family.

The Spartans, whose lone loss of the year came to the league-leading Tigers last week, are at Mead Saturday.

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