|Dragons drop two on the road|
|Written by Chris Lee|
After losing a close game on their home court a week earlier, Holyoke boys’ basketball team hit the road looking for a win last weekend.
They began a tough road trip by traveling to Burlington Friday, Feb. 4 and Wray Saturday, Feb. 5.
The Dragons ran into a tough Cougar team falling 54-72 and also lost to Wray 64-72.
The Dragons were without senior Preston King who suffered a knee injury against Caliche. Coach Scott Dille said the kids coming off the bench are learning to expand their roles on the court with some beginning to take the ball to the hoop and score.
The two losses kick off a tough road trip that has the Dragons playing four games within a week.
The Dragons hold a 6-9 season record.
Reid Baumgartner drives toward the basket during Holyoke’s 64-72
Holyoke 54, Burlington 72
Holyoke fell behind 10-16 after the first quarter in Burlington. Dille said it took the team the first half to figure out exactly how they wanted to play. The Dragons trailed 24-37 at the half.
With King and Willie Greenman both out, Holyoke looked to the bench to help fill some gaps. Dille said it was nice to see some of the guys who don’t normally find the bottom of the net score some points.
“The guys took a big step forward in the second half,” Dille said.
Burlington extended the lead 54-36 in the third quarter. The two teams played an even fourth quarter as each scored 18 to make the final 54-72.
Reid Baumgartner led scoring for the Dragons scoring 19. The junior shot 12 free throws making nine of them. Julian Titze was perfect from the charity stripe going 2-2.
Others in double digits were Alex Quintana with 11 and Brian DeBoer 10.
Holyoke 64, Wray 72
Dille was pleased with the effort and focus from the Dragons in their 64-72 loss to the Eagles.
After three quarters of play, the teams were knotted at 49 apiece. The Eagles attempted 17 free throws in the final quarter and managed to make 11 of them to pull away with the win.
Dille said the game was the closest to the most complete four quarters the team has put together all year. “There were a few little things throughout the game,” the coach said. “We need to make sure we are getting good shots.”
The contest was much closer than when the Eagles visited Holyoke and handed the Dragons a 76-55 loss in January.
Baumgartner led the team with 20 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. Titze added 13 for the Dragons.
Jeremy Loutensock finished 2-2 from the free throw line.
The Dragons were scheduled to travel across the state line to Dundy County, Neb. to face the Tigers Tuesday, Feb. 8 but games were canceled. They will travel to Haxtun Thursday, Feb. 10 for the second game of the Phillips County Shootout. Tip off is set for 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17 the team is scheduled to travel to Akron. Games are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.