|HHS boys fall to Yuma, hang on to beat Tigers|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Austin Killin wins the tip off against Wiggins Friday, Jan. 21.
Holyoke came away with one win and one loss last week but boys’ basketball coach Scott Dille was very pleased with both games.
The Dragons hosted undefeated Yuma Tuesday, Jan. 18 and came up short 40-52. Friday, Jan. 21, Holyoke beat Wiggins 61-54 to avenge a four-point loss earlier in the season.
The Dragons hold a 5-6 season record and 1-1 district record.
Holyoke 40, Yuma 52
Defense played a big key in keeping the Indians contained on the home court last Tuesday. “We really frustrated them,” Dille said.
The Dragons held a slim 8-6 lead heading into the second quarter which was also a low scoring period. The teams were tied at halftime 16-16.
“It was big for us,” Dille said. “The kids gained a lot of confidence.”
Both teams opened up a bit in the third quarter as Yuma pulled ahead 34-30. Holyoke hung close until they were forced to foul midway through the final quarter. Yuma went 7-11 from the charity stripe in the final period to seal the win.
Dille said he was proud with the effort from the Dragons. “The kids really believe they can play with anybody.”
Alex Quintana finished with 13 points while Brian DeBoer scored 12.
Holyoke finished perfect from the free throw line with Preston King going 4-4 and Austin Killin 2-2.
HHS junior Jeremy Loutensock puts up a layup midway through the
Holyoke 61, Wiggins 54
After losing by four points just a couple weeks earlier to Wiggins, the Dragons took the court Friday night in search of a victory over the Tigers.
Holyoke jumped ahead by four points after the first quarter but allowed the Tigers to claw back to a tie, 24-24, at halftime.
The third quarter proved to be the difference as the Dragons outscored Wiggins 19-9 to take a 10-point advantage into the last period.
Turnovers and missed free throws allowed Wiggins to climb back but fortunately, the Dragons held on for the 61-54 win.
Holyoke had only been to the charity strip twice throughout the first three quarters and went 3-4. Six Dragons shot free throws in the final period going 9-18.
Quintana finished 2-2 while King went 4-6. DeBoer led the team with 16 points.
Dille said the Dragons learned how to win. “That’s a tough lesson to learn,” he added.
The Dragons will prepare for Akron and Caliche who will both visit Holyoke this weekend. “Each team poses different challenges,” Dille said. He noted if the Dragons find themselves ahead towards the end of the game again, it will be important to control the game and not turn the ball over. Sinking free throws will also come into play.
The Dragons will stay in the home gym this weekend when they host Akron Friday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. and Caliche Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m.