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Boys basketball: Holy Family locks up spot in 3A state tourney

BROOMFIELD — It’s been five years since the Holy Family boys basketball team has finished with a winning record, and on Tuesday night the Tigers didn’t want to leave anything to chance regarding qualifying for the 3A state tournament.

With a state berth on the line, Holy Family used a fast-paced 27-point second quarter to defeat Peak to Peak 75-58 in the Metro League District Tournament. Now, no matter how the rest of the tourney plays out this week, the seventh-ranked Tigers are guaranteed to get one of the Metro’s five spots in the 32-team state 3A field.

Tournament pairings will be announced on Sunday, and the first round is set for March 2.

“This feels awesome,” second-year Holy Family coach Pete Villecco said. “Our goal all year has been to get into the field of 32, and in the Metro League that’s an accomplishment. Our league is by far the best 3A league in the state — not even close. So we feel pretty good.”

Sophomore David Sommers scored a career-high 23 points as the Tigers improved to 13-7.

“All the hard work is paying off for us,” said Sommers, who knocked down two 3-pointers in the pivotal second quarter on Tuesday. “Tonight, we were aggressive. We attacked the rim and tried to get to the foul line and put points on the board. And we put pressure on them with our defense.”

Like Holy Family, Peak to Peak is 13-7, but the Pumas will need to win two straight games in the district tournament’s consolation bracket to land the Metro’s final state berth, joining Tuesday’s four quarterfinal winners. After five losses in its last six games, Peak to Peak hosts Colorado Academy on Friday night.

“This league is stacked,” Pumas coach Tony Peters said. “There are probably eight good teams in our league that should have a shot at (state). We only get five spots, so we’ve got to play hard to get that extra one.”

Peak to Peak senior Eric Goedde, owner of the state’s top scoring average in Class 3A (25.0), returned to the Puma lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 8 with a wrist injury. He finished with a game-high 24 points, but 17 of those came in the second half after Holy Family had made its run.

“I know it’s still hurting him,” Peters said of the injury. “He’s telling me he’s not hurting in his wrist, but he struggled a little bit. Plus it’s his first game back. He’s only practiced two days, and when you take a week and a half off it’s kind of hard to get your rhythm back.”

Looking to avenge a six-point loss to Holy Family last month, the Pumas were up 21-17 early in the second quarter. But a torrid offensive stretch by the Tigers, combined with nine Peak to Peak turnovers in the second period, resulted in a 23-4 run by Holy Family. And the Pumas couldn’t get closer than 13 points after that.

“We started stringing together stops, then we ran,” Villecco said. “The emphasis all year has been looking to run and get easy baskets. We got that off of our defense tonight. We got a few steals, we ran the floor hard, got some easy baskets and that started to snowball.”

Holy Family, which hasn’t won or lost two in a row since mid-January, will play No. 2-ranked Faith Christian at Manual High School Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Family 75, Peak to Peak 58

At Holy Family HS

PEAK TO PEAK (13-7)

Griffith 3 0-0 8, Fangman 2 2-4 6, Clark 4 2-2 12, Cepulius 2 1-2 5, E. Goedde 10 2-2 24, B. Goedde 1 0-0 3, Otey 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-10 58.

HOLY FAMILY (13-7)

Middleton 2 0-0 5, Hollwedel 1 0-0 2, Stuhr 3 0-1 6, Sommers 7 6-8 23, Willis 5 3-4 13, Willis 1 4-5 6, Sprenger 2 0-0 4, Jarasius 2 0-0 4, Clay 2 6-6 12. Totals 25 19-24 75.

Score by quarters:

Peak to Peak 18 9 17 14 — 58

Holy Family 15 27 16 17 — 75

3-point field goals — Peak to Peak (7): Griffith 2, Clark 2, E. Goedde 2, B. Goedde; Holy Family (6): Sommers 3, Clay 2, Middleton. Total fouls — Peak to Peak 17, Holy Family 7. Fouled out — Otey. Technical fouls — none.

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