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Coming off the bench to play in the Feb. 7 Merino game, HHS sophomore Gage Sprague shows impressive hustle on defense. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Varsity boys basketball goes 1-1 last weekend

Dragon basketball fans were treated to a pair of varsity boys basketball games over the weekend. Both started off strong but then took a turn for Holyoke High School. In one case, the Dragons managed a comeback, but in the other, they came up short in the end.

On Feb. 8, Holyoke beat Wiggins 48-41 on the Tigers’ own court. On Feb. 7, though, the Dragons fell 56-40 to the Merino Rams in front of a home crowd.

The Saturday win, coach Marcus Kammer said, was good for team morale. Overall, he viewed it as a more complete game than some of the others they’ve played this season. The players put together four solid quarters without letting any one period get them into trouble, which has been a challenge in the past.

 

Holyoke 48, Wiggins 41

Saturday’s first quarter wasn’t particularly high-scoring for either Holyoke or Wiggins, but the Dragons had a three-point lead going into the second. Both teams stepped it up, more than tripling the scores by halftime.

Going into the third quarter down 27-22, the Tigers managed to pull ahead by two by the time the period ended. At this pivotal moment in the game, the Dragons dug in and outscored their opponent 12-3 in the fourth quarter for a 48-41 win.

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