|Dragons pick up 2 wins, prepare for districts|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Coach Scott Dille speaks with the team during a timeout towards the end of the Dragons’ game against
Holyoke boys’ basketball team captured two wins to end the regular season prior to entering district action.
The Dragons traveled to Akron Thursday, Feb. 17 beating the Rams 63-52. The next night, seniors were honored on their home court and beat Sedgwick County 55-51.
The two wins evened Holyoke’s season record at 9-9. Neither game counted for district seeding as the Dragons had already been awarded the No. 4 seed.
Holyoke 63, Akron 52
Holyoke jumped out to a commanding 32-11 halftime lead. Coach Scott Dille was very pleased with the effort from the team in the first half.
Momentum flip flopped during the second half as the Dragons gave up 41 points to the Rams but they did what they needed to do to hold on to capture the win.
Brian DeBoer led the team with 16 points. Others in double digits included Alex Quintana 13 and Reid Baumgartner 10.
The team finished 14-19 from the charity stripe with DeBoer going 5-6. Trevor Dalton and Julian Titze were each perfect going 2-2 and 1-1 respectively.
Holyoke 55, Sedgwick County 51
Dille wasn’t sure if the emotions of parents/senior night got to the team or if heads were a little too big as the Dragons faced Sedgwick County Friday, Feb. 18 at home.
“We didn’t play quite as sharp as we needed to, but we finished well,” Dille said of Holyoke’s 55-51 victory over the Cougars.
The Dragons held a slim 15-13 lead after the opening stanza and a 31-23 advantage at halftime.
Sedgwick County made things interesting in the third quarter pulling within one, 38-39. The Dragons kept battling, especially from the free throw line. Free throws played a key role lifting Holyoke to the win. They shot 12-18 from the line in the final quarter to fend off the Cougars.
Baumgartner led the team with 16 points followed by Titze 12 and DeBoer 11.
The Dragons were scheduled to host Wiggins Tuesday, Feb. 22 to kick off district play. The winner of that game moves on to play Thursday, Feb. 24 at NJC in Sterling. The Dragons and the Tigers split regular season games with each team winning a game.
Dille said he was pleased with the draw and said it couldn’t be a better match up. “It’ll be great playing at home,” he added. “If we just play basketball, we’ll be fine.”