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Boys basketball: Scoring drought costs Holy Family boys in top-10 game

ARVADA — Holy Family boys basketball’s defense Friday night was brilliant. The seventh-ranked Tigers’ offense, that’s a completely different story.

Holy Family fell 48-32 to second-ranked Faith Christian when early in the second half the Tigers’ offense flamed out and never sparked back to life. It was a rough way for the team to go down, given how it had played up to the point the players’ shots stopped falling.

Just before Holy Family’s offense went cold midway through the third, the team had taken the lead four separate times in the period.

“The third is typically our quarter, but our shots pretty much stopped dropping,” Tigers forward Kyle Willis said. “That’s all you could really blame it on, we couldn’t make shots.”

Holy Family’s scoring drought lasted a spell. The Tigers (11-6, 5-3 Metro League) scored only five points on Faith Christian (15-2, 6-1) in the final 12 minutes of play. Willis and Ryan Willis each drove the lane for layups in the fourth and Jarron Sprenger hit a free throw in the period. But that was it for the Tigers’ finding the hoop.

The shaky offense was a combination of factors, one of the most prevalent being Faith Christian’s defense.

“They’re a strong defensive club,” Holy Family coach Pete Villecco said. “Our margin of error against them is small … we didn’t make our shots and a lot of that was due to them.”

The Eagles locking down late was one half of the equation to Holy Family’s stumble. The other was the Tigers forced some shots when they got behind. Right after Faith Christian’s Austin Long hit a 3 at 4:03 in the third to give his team its final lead, Holy Family’s offense was never the same.

“We were taking quick shots and settling for shots,” said Willis, who finished with a team-high 10 points. “We weren’t getting quality looks.”

Holy Family’s defense had Faith Christian reeling until late in the game and it was visible in the Eagles’ play. The four-time defending 3A champions had a difficult time handling the ball, turning it over nine times over the course of the game.

Even with the less-than-pristine passing, the Eagles’ top players rose to the occasion. Nathan Rindels and Derek McCartney each finished with 14 points, providing Faith with a potent inside-out attack.

Rindels came on late, with the guard hitting a pair of 3s after half to score 12 points in the final two periods. McCartney — grandson of former University of Colorado coach Bill McCartney and part of the Buffs’ present football recruiting class — was his team’s early threat.

The 6-foot-4 senior collected eight of his points in the opening half, many times catching the Tigers defense completely off guard with back-door layups.

“McCartney is a great athlete,” Willis said. “He’s good at what he does, powering the ball to the hoop.”

 

Faith Christian 48, Holy Family 32

At Faith Christian HS

HOLY FAMILY (11-6, 5-3)

Hollwedel 1 0-2 2, Stuhr 1 0-0 2, Sommers 1 0-0 2, R. Willis 1 0-1 2, Sprrenger 0 1-2 1, Jarasius 1 0-0 2, Clay 3 2-5 9, Grandberg 1 0-0 2, K. Willis 5 0-1 10. Total 14 3-11 48.

FAITH CHRISTIAN (15-2, 6-1)

Rindels 4 4-6 14, Cambier 0 2-2 2, Finnefrock 2 3-4 8, Albright 1 0-0 2, 1 0-0 2, Buchman 0 3-4 3, Miller 1 0-1 3, McCartney 7 0-4 14. Totals 16 12-21 32.

Score by quarters:

Holy Family 6 13 8 5 — 32

Faith Christian 10 10 13 15 — 48

 

3-point field goal — Holy Family (1): Clay; Faith Christian (4): Rindels, Finnfrock, Miller. Total fouls — Holy Family 18; Faith Christian 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

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