Holyoke boys come from behind for a close 46-44 win over Akron

    “Akron is a good basketball team that has a lot of similarities to ours, so it is fun to play them,” coach Scott Dille said.
    Perhaps a bit too similar for some fans’ liking, as the high school boys basketball teams were fighting for the win through the final seconds of the Feb. 3 game. Ultimately though, the visiting Holyoke team narrowly won 46-44.
    The Dragons didn’t seem to have any trouble making shots from the field and posted 14 points in the first quarter. Akron, likewise, scored 15 with apparent ease. In the second quarter, HHS managed only 10 points. Akron doubled their score, shooting especially well from outside.
    Holyoke made some adjustments at that point, making it much harder for Akron to score in the latter half of the game. “These guys are so coachable and competitive,” Dille said with pride.
    Offensively, Tate Dille scored all of the nine Holyoke points in the third quarter. Akron’s whole team only managed six in the same time, and the Dragons began to close in on the Rams.
    In the last quarter of the game, most of Holyoke’s points came from foul shots. The players kept their cool, and every Dragon who stepped up to the free-throw line added points to the board. With just over a minute left in the game, Andy Dominguez tied the game at 44 with a pair of free throws.
    Dille went on to add one more field goal for the 46-44 win. He led his team in points, scoring 16 throughout the game, including two 3-pointers. He also led in rebounds (nine), steals (six) and blocks (four), a formidable showing by the Holyoke freshman.
    Blake Mosenteen boasted 11 points for HHS, and Dominguez scored 10. Anthony Beltran led in assists with five. As a team, Holyoke made 60 percent from the free-throw line, while Akron made 63 percent.
    “A come from behind tight ball game like that is huge for the growth of this team,” coach Dille said.

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