Boys basketball opens with 2nd-place in Highland tourney

    On a team with a large underclassman presence, Holyoke High School boys basketball players had a chance to see some good varsity experience in the Canine Classic tournament in Highland last weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
    Overall, the Dragons finished second. In the Friday game, they beat Liberty Common 70-42, which sent HHS to Saturday's championship game against Highland. Highland came out on top 73-43 for the tournament title.
    Regarding the tougher Highland game in particular, coach Marcus Kammer said it gave them a much-needed read on the things that Holyoke will need to improve on to be able to compete with top-five teams in Colorado 2A.
Holyoke 70, Liberty Common 42
    Early on in Friday's game against Liberty Common, HHS took the lead. By the end of the first quarter, Holyoke had a 10-point advantage. The Dragons continued to rack up points from all over the court in the second quarter, but Liberty Common's players made the most of every foul they managed to draw. Despite their best efforts from the line, the Eagles trailed 35-17 at the half.
    As the game went on and the Dragons continued their domination of the opponents, the Holyoke underclassmen saw some good playing time. Kammer was proud to see a team full of great players who clearly have a thirst to get even better, and as the season continues, he expects them to do just that.

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