State basketball: Longmont pulls away from Sierra to reach 4A final

Longmont High School's David Speidel celebrates victory after defeating Sierra in a boys 4A state semifinal game against on Friday. Longmont won the game 43-36. For more photos of the game go to Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer March 13, 2015


Eighteen years is a long waiting period.

Longmont High School has waited 18 years for its boys basketball team to get another shot at its long-awaited third state title. At Coors Events Center on Friday night, Longmont defeated Sierra 43-36 in the 4A Final Four to advance to the state title game.

The Trojans will be seeking their first boys basketball state title since 1942.

As he has throughout Longmont's undefeated season, junior forward Justinian Jessup was the difference-maker when the stakes were the highest on Friday night.

Jessup led all scorers with 19 points, but most importantly was the cool-headed closer the Trojans needed to reach a championship game for the first time since it appeared in the Class 5A title game in 1997. Longmont (27-0) will face No. 2-seeded Air Academy (23-4), which defeated Lewis-Palmer 54-51 in Friday, in the 4A championship game on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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