Boys basketball: Mead's D leads way in win over Longmont

Jan. 5—LONGMONT — Mead's offense wasn't great Friday night. At least by its standards.

Coach Darin Reese credited Longmont's defense. A near three-week break from game action probably didn't help either team's cause, either.

The Mavericks got 13 points from breakout star Matthew Angelo in their return from the holidays, and used a stifling defensive performance in the second half to beat the Trojans 45-33.

"I feel like everyone would like scoring 80 more," Angelo said with a laugh. "It's just more fun that way. But with games like this, it just depends on the flow of the game, how it starts and ends. Our defense against Longmont in the second half got much better."

In that second half, the Mavericks (7-2, 1-0 6A/5A/4A NCAC) allowed only three field goals to Longmont (7-3, 0-1). They held the Trojans scoreless over a span of 5 minutes and 50 seconds, pushing their lead to 36-24 midway through the fourth quarter, all but sealing its fourth straight win over Longmont.

The Trojans didn't make their third bucket after the break until Dominic Lombrano's 3 with 2:44 remaining.

"Only scoring three buckets in the second half, it's going to be tough winning ball games," said Longmont coach Jeff Kloster, whose team was again without starters Cole Corner and Joey Foot. Neither is expected back soon, he added. "Bottom line is we have to continue to trust the process. We believe in our boys and we're going to continue to get better."

Angelo scored seven straight to start the fourth, giving Mead the first double-digit lead of the game.

The junior was a nice contributor for the Mavericks last season as they reached the quarterfinals. This winter, he is leading the 5A No. 8 team in scoring (15.4 PPG).

"He's put a ton of work in, is dynamic with the basketball and plays both ends of the floor," Reese said. "He and Dom McLawrence, especially on the offensive end, are who we're going to rely on. And we have other guys who are going to make plays, too."

Averey Baucom added nine points for the Mavs, while McLawrence and Lukas Glasgow each had eight.

Lombrano led the Trojans with 13, followed by Suge Valles with eight and Levi Scheck six. Cole Gaddis, who has been playing since the start of the winter season despite suffering a laceration to his kidney during football in late October, had three.

Neither team shot the ball well on this night. From anywhere. Longmont was 3 of 11 from the free throw line in the first half and finished 11 for 20. Mead was 9 of 14 from the line but finished with less than 50 points for just the second time this year.

"We definitely experience some struggles on the offensive side of the ball," Gaddis said. "Our coaches preach long possessions and taking your time and finding layups. Sometimes we get out of those sorts of rhythms on our own. That's probably the biggest adjustment we need to make."

Longmont is at Windsor Wednesday. The Wizards knocked the Trojans out of the quarterfinals a year ago. Mead is home against Greeley West.