Longmont 63, Steamboat Springs 39
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (15-9)
Nelson 3 4-6 11, J. Anderson 2 0-0 6, Landusky 0 0-2 0, Spady 1 1-2 3, Wood 4 3-4 13, Trousil 2 0-0 4, Davis 1 0-0 2.
Martien 2 0-0 6, Kloster 4 9-10 18, M. Donaldson 3 3-4 9, Chopp 1 1-2 3, Edwards 2 0-0 4, S. Donaldson 6 2-4 15, McIntire 1 2-4 4, Tranxinger 1 2-2 4. Totals 20 29-26 63.
Steamboat Springs: 3-3-14-19 — 39
Longmont: 11-18-13-21 — 63
3-point goals — Steamboat 5 (Wood, J. Anderson 2, Nelson), Longmont 4 (Martien 2, Kloster, S. Donaldson). Rebounds — Steamboat 18 (Nelson 6), Longmont 28 (S. Donaldson 4, McIntire 4). Total fouls — Steamboat 15, Longmont 16. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.
Longmont The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball was easily defeated by Longmont High School, 63-39, on Friday.
The Trojans shrugged off any pressure that comes with being a top seed by using a smothering defense, holding the Sailors to six first-half points. Longmont then cruised to a 63-39 win against Steamboat, advancing to the Sweet 16.
“I thought our defensive intensity really dictated the entire first half,” Trojans coach Jeff Kloster said.
The eighth-seeded Sailors (15-9) tied the game at 3-3 with a 3-pointer in the first minute. They didn’t score from the floor again until midway through the third quarter, and they were 4-for-10 from the foul line during that stretch.
“We just played Trojans defense: get after it and not let them score,” Longmont senior Matt Martien said. “We know our defense will translate into offense. We just let it dictate the rest of the game for us.”
Longmont (22-2) forced a dozen turnovers in the first half and blocked five shots.
“We stress that we want to be the best defensive team in the entire state,” Kloster said. “When the kids have that mindset, we’re pretty tough. That’s going to be the agenda for the rest of the season.”
With a 23-point lead at halftime, Kloster said, his team went into a defensive lull in the second half. But the outcome never was in question, as Steamboat never got within 20 points.
Longmont’s Cade Kloster led all scorers with 18 points, and Syd Donaldson chipped in 15.
Charles Wood, playing on a bum ankle, led the Sailors with 13 points. Randall Nelson added 11 points and six rebounds.
Because of a first-round bye, this was the Trojans’ first game action since capturing the Northern Conference tournament crown with a win against Sterling, also a No. 1 seed in 4A. Martien said the team hasn’t felt any pressure of being a top seed but that it was nice to get on the court again.
“It’s just a matter of getting out those first-game jitters,” he said. “We know the state playoffs are here and there’s going to be tension, and we’re going to see if we can make a run here.”
Tonight, Longmont hosts a Montrose squad that knocked off No. 4 Prairie View in the early game Friday at Longmont High School. The fifth-seeded Indians are 18-7 this season after playing in the 4A/5A Southwestern Conference.
The Trojans got a good look at their next opponent Friday night.
“Montrose is scary,” Kloster said. “They’ve got some size, and they’ve got length on them. Their athleticism is very good.
“We have to box out and do things fundamentally correct. Hopefully, we’ll be ready.”