BROOMFIELD — In the month of December, Skyline's Brayden Blick had his way with opposing teams defenses.
The Falcons sharp-shooter averaged 27.5 points per game in the first six contests and on Wednesday night he was clearly the focus of Holy Family's attention.
Enter senior Aaron Sanders.
The Tigers guard was given the responsibility of tracking Blick all over the court and while the Falcons senior looked like he was going to go off again, scoring nine points in the opening five minutes, it would be all he would have.
Sanders frustrated Blick all night and didn't allow him many more clean looks in an impressive 66-37 Tri-Valley League opening win for the Tigers.
"We knew he loved to shoot it a lot and he's a good 3-point shooter," said Sanders, who didn't score a single point on the offensive end. "We knew we had to shut him down and after the first quarter it felt like he was getting a little frustrated, but I just stayed frozen on him and tried to not let him get the ball."
Said Skyline coach Tyler Cerveny, whose team drops to 4-3 overall: "They did a great job making things difficult for them."
Despite the lack of scoring from Blick, the Falcons stayed in the game into the third quarter and it was just a 29-23 game early in the third.
But a 16-2 Tigers run quickly turned a tight game into a lopsided affair. Kyle Helbig and Tanner Baird did most of the damage in the run for a Holy Family team that desperately need a win after three straight losses to close out the month of December.
"This meant a lot," Sanders said. "And it feels good to get a win."
Skyline had to find ways to supplement their offensive attack with Blick being held in check and they were able to turn to Austin Robison, who picked up the slack with 10 points.
"We just turned it over too much and they went on a run and I don't think the score was indicative of what the game was," Cerveny said. "But the last quarter and a half they just thoroughly out-played us."
Holy Family will travel to Frederick on Friday and Skyline will make the trek north to Berthoud.
HOLY FAMILY 66, SKYLINE 37
At Holy Family
SKYLINE (4-3, 0-1)
Smith 0 1-2 1, Lopez 2 0-0 5, Green 0 0-0 0, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Blick 3 0-2 9, Monticello 0 0-0 0, McGregor 0 0-0 0, Robertson 1 2-3 4, H. Robison 3 2-2 8, , A. Robison 5 0-0 10, Elwood 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 5-9 37.
HOLY FAMILY (5-4, 1-0)
Nellis 0 0-0 0, Helbig 6 0-0 13, Becker 0 0-0 0, Baird 7 5-7 19, Pfenning 2 5-7 9, Kinoti 2 1-2 6, Sanders 0 0-0 0, Jolly 6 1-3 13, Bartoletti 0 0-0 0, Fernandez 0 2-2 2, Hunter 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 14-21 66.
Score by quarters:Skyline147412—37
3-point field goals — Skyline (4): Blick 3, Lopez; Holy Family (2): Helbig, Kinoti. Total fouls — Skyline 17; Holy Family 10.