BROOMFIELD --While exploding on offense in the second period, Holy Family regained what it has been hunting for in the season -- consistency.
The Class 3A's fourth-ranked team's 22-point quarter earned the team a 64-53 win over Denver School of Science and Technology. And in the process of taming one of the state's most explosive teams, the Tigers tied their longest win streak of the season at five.
Despite the notch Holy Family put into its belt Monday night, few of its players found much to celebrate after the game. As Jarron Sprenger pointed out, the victory got the team moving in the right direction. But up and down play throughout the game proved the Tigers still need work.
"It wasn't our best win," said Sprenger, who finished with 10 points and six blocks. "We definitely need to come back to practice tomorrow ready to work."
What raised most of the Holy Family's (11-2, 4-0) concerns were sullying an otherwise strong defensive showing with weak play in the opening and closing quarters. The Tigers napping on defense in the first and fourth were opportunities DSST (7-5, 4-1) was more than ready to exploit.
Even down one of its top players -- center Davies Carter, who was out with an injured knee -- the Knights still executed a potent run game. The team extended its first period lead up to eight points at times. And in the fourth, chipped Holy Family's double digit lead down to seven points twice.
Dwight Pullen was DSST's main mover, with the forward finishing the night with a 22-point, 14-rebound double-double.
"They're a nice team, even without one of their players and are on top of their league," Holy Family coach Pete Villecco said. "But we're not happy with our effort tonight."
The nits the coach had to pick were both execution and effort based.
"We weren't accountable tonight, our defensive rebounding, our defensive transition and our toughness," he said. "We are definitely not where we want to be."
Perhaps one of the more frustrating aspects Villecco had to deal with was his team demonstrated it can be a force to be reckoned with when it hits on all cylinders. The team was at a different level both offensive and defensive in the second period.
The Tigers forced four turnovers in the quarter, scoring off two of them. Held the 3A second-highest scoring team to eight points. And also shot 60-percent from the floor, turning back-to-back buckets by Devlin Granberg into an 18-to-0 run
"We decided to come out with some energy in the second period," Granberg said. "They came out swinging in the first period. We just had to absorb that blow."
The wing agreed with his coach's take that the Tigers are still a work in progress. But he also believes his team is picking up useful lessons for the fast-approaching postseason.
"We're just getting into new situations and learning from them," Granberg said. "We have a long way to go, we all know that. We just want to be playing our best ball in February.
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Holy Family 64, DSST 53
At Holy Family HS
DSST (7-5, 4-1)
Black 2 3-4 9, Cox 1 0-0 2, Neal 5 4-7 14, Davis 3 0-0 6, Pullen 10 2-2 22. Totals 21 9-13 53.
HOLY FAMILY (11-2, 4-0)
Hollwedel 2 2-2 6, Comeaux 1 0-2 2, Sprenger 5 0-0 10, Sommers 7 1-2 16, Willis 3 2-2 8, Atencio 1 1-2 3, Brown 5 1-1 11, Granberg 4 0-0 8, kreutzer 0 0-2 0. Totals 31 10-17 64.
Score by quarters:
DSST 19 8 8 18 -- 53
Holy Family 15 22 10 17 -- 64
3-point field goals -- DSST (2): Black 2; Holy Family (2): Sommers. Total fouls -- DSST 19, 15. Fouled out -- Cox. Technical fouls -- none.