|Holyoke boys outplay Bulldogs, Wildcats at home|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
With just a week left in the regular season, HHS boys’ basketball shows no sign of slowing down, picking up a pair of home wins last week over Haxtun Thursday, Feb. 13 and Fleming Saturday, Feb. 15.
Holyoke 61, Haxtun 40
Holyoke had to wait over two months to do so, but the Dragons were able to exact revenge on Haxtun Thursday night with a 61-40 victory at home.
When the two teams met in December for the first game of the season, Haxtun won by seven points on their home floor. Thursday’s win gives the Holyoke team a 4-3 league record for district seeding.
“I thought the kids were geared up for Haxtun, but may have come out a little uptight,” coach Scott Dille said. “We didn’t play our best, but we were still able to control the game.”
From early in the game, it looked like the two teams were destined for another down-to-the-wire type of match. In the first eight minutes, there were three lead changes. Holyoke kept the Bulldog defense guessing by attacking the basket and hitting jump shots when open and Haxtun used their height advantage to get looks at the hoop in the paint.
Ryan Krogmeier came off the bench to give Holyoke more of a presence in the lane against a Haxtun team that consistently attacks the basket from the post. Krogmeier was able to throw a wrench into Haxtun’s offensive production by constantly contesting shots and battling for rebounds with Haxtun’s big men.
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