|HHS boys’ basketball comes up short in Haxtun|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
It is always a close battle when Holyoke and Haxtun boys’ basketball teams meet, and the opening game for the 2013-14 season was no different as Holyoke fell in the final minutes 56-63 Friday, Dec. 6.
Coach Scott Dille said the team looked fairly sharp for the first game of the season, and didn’t have many turnovers or errors that are typically associated with the first competition.
Tito Fierro glides past Haxtun’s Dalton Salyards for two points Friday night.
Holyoke 56, Haxtun 63
After Trevor Dalton connected from beyond the arc to fuel a 5-0 lead for the Dragons to start the game, the Bulldogs utilized a pair of 3-point plays on fouls in the paint to climb ahead. From the opening quarter, Haxtun looked to get the ball inside and use their height advantage to put points on the scoreboard.
At the conclusion of the first period, Holyoke trailed 13-15.
Haxtun took control in the second quarter, jumping out on a 9-2 run to increase their lead to 24-15. Although outsized, Holyoke did a good job of crashing the boards for offensive rebounds, but was unable to consistently convert the rebounds into second-chance points. On the defensive end of the court, the Dragons struggled to slow down the Haxtun big men, who accounted for 29 of the Bulldogs’ 63 points.
As Holyoke tried to limit the Bulldog points in the paint, Haxtun was able to connect on a number of jump shots.
After trading baskets to end the half, Holyoke found themselves down 23-31.
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