|Dragons extend win streak to five|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Despite a slow start in the Jan. 25 match-up against the Wiggins Tigers, the Dragons held on for their fifth straight win by a score of 64-51.
After falling behind 10-0 in the first four minutes of the game, Holyoke’s bench players provided the spark needed to make the comeback.
“The second five guys came in and they played unbelievable,” coach Scott Dille said. “I was real proud of how the bench guys game in and fought hard and got us back in the game. They had a lot of energy and just did a phenomenal job.”
By the end of the first quarter the Dragons were down 14-19.
HHS was more energized in the second quarter, gaining ground on the Tigers through their defensive play. Ball pressure and lock-down defense around the perimeter helped the Dragons force many turnovers.
Holyoke forced 28 turnovers by Wiggins while only giving up 10 turnovers of their own.
Ryan Parker’s dunk late in the second quarter gave the team the momentum they would need to put the visiting team away. The Dragons entered half up 30-26.
Logan Zeiler dribbles past the Wiggins defensive pressure
The Dragons outscored the Tigers 14-12 in the third quarter and continued to score in the fourth quarter.
Zach Roll scored seven points in the final period to lead Holyoke to a 20-point quarter for the 64-51 victory.
Logan Tharp had an impressive game, ending the night just one steal away from a triple-double. He finished the match with 18 points, 16 rebounds and nine steals.
Tito Fierro was a reliable offensive threat as he scored 14 points. Roll was close behind with 10 points.
After starting the season 0-3, the Dragons have bounced back to a 7-4 record thanks to the current five-game winning streak they are on.
“I think the kids are kind of understanding their role a little bit better,” Dille said. “The guys are finally starting to settle in.”
Holyoke will host Akron Friday, Feb. 1. The junior varsity game will be played at approximately 5 p.m. in the old gym with the varsity game tentatively slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. in the new gym.
The Dragons will return to their home court on Saturday as they will host the Caliche Buffaloes at 2 p.m.
Holyoke Enterprise January 31, 2013