|Dragons look sharp in last week of regular season|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Holyoke basketball boys closed out the regular season with back-to-back games that were decided in the final minutes, losing to Akron at home Thursday, Feb. 20 and taking down Sedgwick County on the road Friday, Feb. 21.
“In the last two games in particular, I think we were making plays good teams make and fighting super hard,” coach Scott Dille said of his team.
With the win over Sedgwick County, Holyoke secured a third seed in the district tournament. In the first round, Holyoke faced Merino Tuesday, Feb. 25. Results will be featured in the March 6 issue of The Enterprise.
Holyoke 65, Akron 68
The Dragons pushed the Lower Platte top-ranked Akron team to the brink Thursday, but the Rams held on in the final seconds to sink Holyoke’s upset bid, winning 68-65.
It was clear from the beginning neither team was going to run away with a dominating victory. In the first eight minutes of play, the two teams exchanged leads 11 times, with Akron claiming a 27-26 advantage. Tito Fierro had the hot hand for the Dragons in the opening quarter, scoring 12 points to lead the team.
After an offensively dominant first period, scoring slowed in the second quarter. Akron’s zone defense limited Holyoke to jump shots and tough shots in traffic close to the hoop. Akron outscored HHS 13-10 in the quarter to take a 40-36 lead into half.
Akron doubled Holyoke’s point production in the third quarter. With 90 seconds left in the period, Holyoke faced their biggest deficit of the game at 41-54.
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