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Holyoke breezes right by Merino and Wray PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 18:17

Holyoke boys’ basketball team added a nice pair of wins to their season after convincing victories over Merino and Wray this past weekend.

The Dragons pounded the Rams 82-36 Friday, Jan. 13 and beat the Eagles 67-53 Saturday, Jan. 14.

Coach Scott Dille said the team is really beginning to play together and move the ball on offense. Senior leadership is another aspect of the team the coach gave praise to after the wins.

Senior Reid Baumgartner continued his hot streak and lit the scoreboard up for 34 points against Merino and 25 against Wray. The coach said good ball movement, screens and communication have led to good looks not only for Baumgartner but the entire team.

The Dragons hold a 6-3 record and have some tough road games on the schedule. They traveled to Yuma Tuesday, Jan. 17 and are scheduled to travel to Wiggins Friday night. The Dragons will look for revenge as both the Indians and Tigers handed Holyoke home losses earlier this season.


Holyoke 82, Merino 36

Offensively, coach Dille felt the Dragons looked great Friday night. He said the boys really played well as a team.

Nine Dragons managed to land in the points column when all was said and done. The lopsided score gave the entire bench the chance to see playing time. Dille said even those coming off the bench looked great. He was proud with the intensity and focus everyone played with.

The team started off hot after winning the opening tip. Holyoke quickly pulled out in front and built up a 25-7 lead after the first quarter. Many of the points came off stolen balls which led into easy fast break points.

The dominating offense continued in the second quarter and the Dragons led 43-18 at the half.


Logan Tharp goes up for two against Merino Friday
night. The Dragons won 82-36.  —Enterprise photo

The third period could’ve gone better, according to the coach, as Holyoke was outscored 15-10 by the Rams. But he felt they rebounded nicely in the final quarter to secure the victory.

He was proud of the bench and how they entered the game to turn the fourth quarter around.

Baumgartner led all scorers with 34. Deyten Klein was the only other Dragon in double digits, however seven other Dragons managed to put points on the board.

 

Holyoke 67, Wray 53

Holyoke traveled south to Wray and chalked up another W with a 67-53 victory Saturday.

Dille noted it’s always tough to go into Wray and play. He said along with being a good team, Wray always has an attitude that they are going to win which intimidates their opponents.

The coach was proud of how the Dragons managed themselves to keep their composure. “They kept fighting the whole game,” he added. “Everybody just stepped in and did what they needed to do.”


Deyten Klein goes up strong in basketball action
Friday night.  —Enterprise photo

It was a tight game in the first half with the Dragons leading by one, 27-26, when the teams entered the locker rooms.

It was the third quarter where Holyoke opened things up a bit as they outscored the Eagles 25-16. They managed to keep Wray in check in the final period to hold onto the victory.

Baumgartner led scorers with 25. Jeremy Loutensock had 12 while Trevor Dalton finished with 10.

 

Upcoming action

After two impressive wins, the Dragons turned right around and traveled to Yuma Tuesday, Jan. 17. They are scheduled to travel to Wiggins Friday, Jan. 20. Games are set to begin at 4 p.m. Friday.


Holyoke Enterprise January 19, 2012