LAFAYETTE — Chuck Hollwedel had every reason to fear that his senior season would not pan out the way he always dreamed.
The senior from the Holy Family boys basketball team, one of only two seniors on the Tigers’ roster, began the season on the sideline due to a broken collarbone. Friday’s key Metro League tilt at Peak to Peak was only the fifth appearance of the season for Hollwedel, and while the early-season wait undoubtedly was frustrating, it felt a little less painful late Friday night.
Hollwedel provided senior leadership at the most opportune moment, scoring five of the Tigers’ seven points in overtime to help lift fourth-ranked Holy Family to a 63-60 win at Peak to Peak.
Holy Family junior David Sommers hit six 3-pointers as the Tigers (10-2, 4-0) posted their fourth straight win to remain in a tie atop the conference standings with No. 1-ranked Kent Denver.
“One of the things we stressed at the beginning of the year was to know your role, and then dominate your role,” said Hollwedel, who scored seven of his eight points during the fourth quarter and overtime. “Good teams, the players know their role. On great teams, the players dominate their role. That’s what I’m trying to do. I know I’m not the leading scorer, but I know my role to play defense, make plays, and help contribute to wins. That’s what I try to do. I stepped up when my number was called.”
Sommers took advantage of Peak to Peak’s zone defense to bury 6 of 8 3-point attempts, including three in quick succession late in the first half that gave Holy Family a 29-28 lead at the break.
Sommers’ final 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 53-52 lead with about 5 minutes remaining, and a late two-point lead for Holy Family was erased when Peak to Peak’s Max Clark hit a short jumper with 42.8 seconds remaining, tying the game 56-56. Holy Family had one last possession but, after winding the clock down, the Tigers were unable to launch a potential game-winning shot.
Hollwedel staked the Tigers to a three-point lead in the extra session on a driving layup followed by a free throw. Clark sandwiched four free throws around another pair of free throws from Hollwedel, leaving the Pumas with a three-point deficit in the waning moments.
Peak to Peak was able to get a good look at the buzzer, but a 3-point attempt from Brian Goedde that could have forced a second overtime caromed off the front of the rim.
“When you face a zone, you have to make shots,” said Sommers, who led all scorers with 22 points. “I came up with some big shots, but we’re not satisfied with this. We missed a lot of layups in regulation that could have separated us. We just tried to play that next play. Whoever plays the next play was going to come out of this with the win, and that’s what we did.”
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Holy Family 63, Peak to Peak 60
At Peak to Peak
HOLY FAMILY (10-2, 4-0)
Hollwedel 2 4-6 8, Sprenger 4 1-3 9, Sommers 8 0-0 22, Willis 2 2-4 7, Granberg 3 4-7 10, Comeaux 0 1-2 1, Atencio 0 0-0 0, Brown 2 2-2 6. Totals 21 14-24 63.
PEAK TO PEAK (9-4, 1-2)
Goedde 2 0-0 4, Otey 8 2-2 20, Braswell 3 0-0 6, Clark 4 6-6 14, Fangman 7 0-0 16, Griffith 0 0-0 0, Powers 0 0-0 0, Howard 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-8 60.
Score by quarters:
Holy Family 12 17 20 7 7 — 63
Peak to Peak 22 6 19 9 4 — 60
3-point goals — Holy Family (7): Sommers 6, Willis; Peak to Peak (4): Otey 2, Fangman 2. Total fouls — Holy Family 13, Peak to Peak 16.