|Boys crush Merino, fall to Wray|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Eleven Holyoke players found the bottom of the net Friday, Jan. 14 in Merino as the Dragons rolled over the Rams 75-36. The following night, Holyoke hosted Wray who handed the Dragons a 55-76 loss.
After the win and loss, Holyoke holds a 4-5 record.
The Dragons enter a home stretch in which four more games will be played on the home hardwood.
Reid Baumgartner passes the ball behind his back to
Holyoke 75, Merino 36
The Dragons managed to hold the Rams scoreless well into the second quarter of Friday’s match up.
“We played really well,” coach Scott Dille said. “The intensity we came out with was great.”
Holyoke used their full court press to disrupt anything Merino tried to do and built up a quick 25-0 lead during the first quarter.
The Dragons added 19 more in the second period while allowing 10 Merino points.
The starters were used just for a couple minutes in the second half allowing numerous others to get some good game experience.
Those coming off the bench in the second half kept up the intensity and played hard, according to Dille.
Holyoke scored 20 in the third and 11 in the final quarter to seal the 75-36 victory.
Four Dragons found success from outside the arc as Holyoke managed to sink eight from downtown.
Free throws have been good to the Dragons throughout the first half of the season but they didn’t need to rely on that aspect of the game against the Rams. The team went 3-4 with Julian Titze going 2-2 and Brian DeBoer 1-1.
Willie Greenman looks up court during Holyoke’s 55-76
Holyoke 55, Wray 76
Dille was pleased with the way the Dragons took the court against Wray but unfortunately, the Eagles managed to outman the Dragons underneath the basket and steal a win. “Wray is a good team,” the coach said. “They used their size well against us.”
The Dragons also ran into foul trouble with three of the starters fouling out by the time the final buzzer sounded.
Holyoke fell behind 11-16 after the opening quarter and 27-35 at the half.
The Eagles pulled away in the second half while holding the Dragons at bay.
Three Dragons finished perfect from the charity stripe with Reid Baumgartner, Jaydin Goldenstein and Austin Killin all going 2-2. DeBoer finished 7-9.
The Dragons will prepare for the heart of their schedule as they enter the second half of the season. Dille said the stretch of home games will be nice but that doesn’t make the opponents any easier. After the home loss to Wray, Yuma, Wiggins, Akron and Caliche will all travel to Holyoke to face the Dragons on their home floor.
“This is the toughest part of our season,” Dille said. “However, I feel we can compete with anyone. We showed that in the beginning of the Wray game.”
The Dragons were scheduled to host Yuma Tuesday, Jan. 18. The teams will host Wiggins Friday, Jan. 21 with games set to tip off at 4 p.m.