Boys basketball: Longmont holds down Mead

Trojans hold Mavs to lowest scoring total in eight years

  • Longmont High School junior Keegan Patterson (3) goes for a dunk over Mead junior Elijah Knudsen (2) on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School senior Matthias Faas (4) reacts from the bench after a score against Mead High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Mead High School junior Elijah Knudsen (2) goes for a layup over Longmont High School defenders on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo.

  • Mead High School junior James Shiers (15) rebounds the ball in front of Longmont High School senior Eddie Kurjak (41) on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School junior Keegan Patterson (3) looks to pass while getting tripped up by Mead junior Nathan Hoffman (3) on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • The Mead High School boys basketball team huddles up before a game against Longmont High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • The Longmont High School boys basketball team huddles up before a game against Mead High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School senior Eddie Kurjak (41) and head coach Jeff Kloster embrace after a win over Mead on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Mead High School head coach Darin Reese talks to an official during a game against Longmont High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School senior Eddie Kurjak (41) and junior Brendan Barcewski (21) reacts after a win over Mead on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Mead High School junior Nathan Hoffman (3) pushes past Longmont High School junior Keegan Patterson (3) on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School senior Eddie Kurjak (41) dunks during a game against Mead on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Mead High School junior James Shiers (15) pushes past Longmont High School senior Eddie Kurjak (41) doing a game on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo.

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    Longmont High School junior Keegan Patterson (3) pushes past Mead junior Will Tenore (21) on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo.

  • The Mead High School boys basketball team look to the flag while players and parents sing The Star Spangles Banner before a game against Longmont High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Mead High School junior Elijah Knudsen (3) tosses a shot up past Longmont High School defenders on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Mead senior Jason Pelzel (10) looks up to the flag while players and parents sing The Star Spangles Banner before a game against Longmont High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Longmont, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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LONGMONT — The sight of Eddie Kurjak lifting up and crashing home a one-handed dunk Friday night was the kind of intensity Longmont knew it needed.

“It really propelled us with our energy and kept us going,” Trojans coach Jeff Kloster said.

Too much for Mead to hang with on this night.

Kurjak’s early steal-turned-jam highlighted his game-high 17 points and Longmont’s high-flying defense stifled the Mavs in a 47-32 victory in a matchup of the Nos. 1 and 3 Class 4A teams from the latest CHSAANow.com coaches poll.

Keegan Patterson added 11 points and Connor Taylor had eight as the Trojans held Mead to their season low in scoring.

James Shiers led the Mavs with nine points, while their scoring leader, Elijah Knudsen, tallied just eight. Mead had averaged 63.6 points per game this season coming in. The 32 points was its fewest in a game since March 1, 2013 when it scored 30 in a postseason loss to Thomas Jefferson.

“Knudsen is a hell of a player, (Nick) Basson, hell of a player,” said Kloster, who credited his son Cade with the defensive plan. “They’re all great players. They’re a great team and we knew we had to come out with energy. And I thought we played for 32 minutes with great purpose.”

The opening minutes set the tone. Matching the hype of a 1-vs.-3 game, Kurjak threw down the poster dunk off a steal and Knudsen swished a long-range shot with a defender draped over him.

Mead called a quick timeout after Kurjak’s flight as the Longmont bench mobbed its big man. The Colorado Mesa commit then scored another six as part of an 8-3 run to close the half. It finished with a catch, no-look, behind-the-back pass by Matthias Faas to Kurjak under the hoop that put the Trojans up 21-14.

Longmont allowed just seven points in the third and built its lead to 18 in the fourth.

“We wanted to come out swinging and bring energy,” Kurjak said. “When you can take a jump on that, it gives you an advantage. I think that showed tonight.”

This was just the latest go-around for the upset carousel in the 5A/4A NCAC.

Earlier this week, the Trojans were handed a rare home loss by Holy Family, which also beat No. 8 Erie. Erie handled No. 2 Windsor, while the Wizards went on to beat the top-ranked Mavs.

“It’s very crazy and really tough,” Kurjak said. “It’s the toughest league I’ve seen at Longmont.”

All of it leaves Longmont (8-1, 5-1) and Windsor (8-1, 5-1) atop the league standings. Mead (6-2, 4-2) is among the few teams just a game back.

Wednesday, Mead visits Centaurus and Longmont is home against Skyline.