Boys basketball: Nick Basson comes up big as Mead beats Silver Creek

Junior plays strong defense in win over Raptors

  • Mead High School gets ready to play Silver Creek High School before the start of the game on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Nathan Hoffman (No. 3) shoots a three pointer in the game against Silver Creek High School on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Silver Creek High School's Aidan Miller (No. 55) drives around Mead High School's Matt Murphy (No. 23) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Dominic McLawrence (No. 5) puts up a shot past Silver Creek High School's Tanner Call (No. 3) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's head coach Darin Reese talks to the team during a time out in the game against Silver Creek High School on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Elijah Knudsen (No. 2) puts in a lay up in the game against Silver Creek High School on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Will Tenore (No. 21) shoots in the game against Silver Creek High School on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's James Shiers (No. 15) looks to shoot over Silver Creek High School's Nick Falk (No. 20) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Silver Creek High School's Aidan Miller (No. 55) puts up a shot past Mead High School's Matt Murphy (No. 23) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Elijah Knudsen (No. 2) tries to put up a shot past Silver Creek High School's Tanner Call (No. 3) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's James Shiers (No. 15) looks to shoot past Silver Creek High School's Andrew Scott (No. 24) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Silver Creek High School's Tanner Call (No. 3) puts up a shot past Mead High School's Nick Basson (No. 1) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Corby Tecu (No. 33) tries to box out Silver Creek High School's Nick Falk (No. 20) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Dominic McLawrence (No. 5) looks to pass while covered by Silver Creek High School's Ryan Burns (No. 0) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's James Shiers (No. 15) tries to block a shot from Silver Creek High School's Tanner Call (No. 3) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Mead High School's Nathan Hoffman (No. 3) shoots a three pointer in the game against Silver Creek High School on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • The ball sits on the court during a time out in the Mead High School and Silver Creek High School game on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

  • Silver Creek High School's head coach Bob Banning talks to the team during a timeout in the game against Mead High School on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

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LONGMONT — With Silver Creek threatening to turn the game in the second half Wednesday, a hot-handed stretch from Mead junior Nick Basson kept his team’s lead intact.

Afterward, though, it was his start-to-end defense that left his teammates crowing.

“I’m not even going to look at his shooting right now, I’m going to preach his defense,” senior James Shiers said. “We put him on their No. 1 guy (Andrew Scott) and he did a hell of a job guarding him. Andrew hit some tough 3s, but we won that game because of Nick and his defense.”

Shiers scored 21, Basson 15, and the 4A No. 4 Mavericks beat the Raptors 62-45 to run their winning streak to five games.

The latest came in only Mead’s second home game of the season, a near month-long gap since the state champs’ banner unveil on Dec. 15 was spoiled in a loss to Horizon.

Following it, their winning ways have gone through a tournament in Las Vegas and continued at the start of the new year in Weld County before returning home.

“Honestly, we saw that people aren’t going to just lay over for us,” Basson said. “They are going to give us their best and we have to give them our best.”

Silver Creek (7-3, 0-2 5A/4A Northern League) had dwindled down a 17-point deficit to three twice in the third but couldn’t get any closer thanks to a quick spurt from Basson.

The junior guard scored seven straight for his team to push the lead to 48-42 going into the fourth. It grew from there as Elijah Knudsen, who finished with 12 points, turned a steal into a breakaway layup moments later.

The Mavs (8-3, 2-0) used a 14-0 run to pull away for good.

For the Raptors, it was a second straight loss to open league play. After their late rally fell short against Longmont Friday, another second-half run ended too soon.

Wednesday, they’d raced back from a 30-13 hole to get within 41-38 with 2:56 left in the third. Shortly after, though, they went scoreless for a span of 6:24. Tanner Call led the Raptors with 20, while Scott had eight.

“Both (Longmont and Mead) are good ball clubs, and if you have too much of a lull, it’s going to hurt you,” Silver Creek coach Bob Banning said. “I think it’s more about consistency and we’ll work on it. I think we show a lot of promise.”

Mead, fueled by its high-flying offense early on, hit nine in a row from the field to end the opening quarter.

Star guard Knudsen connected on his first four shots from the field, including two straight from deep in the final 1:33 of the first.

Shiers made his first three and brought the home base to its feet on a two-handed slam in the early seconds of each half.

The Mavs have now won four straight against the Raptors.

Mead is at Greeley West Saturday. Silver Creek is at Erie Friday.