BROOMFIELD — Behind one of the hottest starts of its season Monday night, Holy Family appeared ready to run away with its most recent win. Instead, the team ended up in a mad dash to preserve its victory.
With less than great play in the second half, the Tigers had to stage a late comeback to knock off Pinnacle 46-45. And while the third-ranked Class 3A team was more than happy to survive a late-season test, the victory drew mixed emotions.
The Tigers feel battle tested from their gritty close finishes, but with postseason on the horizon the players are looking for more convincing wins.
“It’s tough when you put yourself in that position game in and game out,” Holy Family forward Devlin Granberg said. “We need to have a couple crisp game before playoffs.”
Granberg gave Holy Family (15-2, 6-0) its final lead of the game with a baseline jumper. David Sommers built the Tigers margin seconds later coming up with a dunk. But the run hardly soothed the players’ nerves, given how The Pinnacle (10-7, 10-0) played in the second half.
The Timberwolves were very close to the upset, if it would not have been for a traveling call.
Chase Phillips got an in bounds pass right in the middle of the lane, but the whistle blew before The Pinnacle center had a chance to shoot.
“They had a good post touch, which was definitely not where we wanted the ball at that point in the game,” Granberg said.
Phillips was also the right player for the Timberwolves to look for on the last-ditch effort. The 6-foot-4 senior was part of The Pinnacle’s inside game that came alive in the second half. Phillips scored 8 of his 11 points in the second half and Danko Kreum hit 12 of his game-high 14 points in the final two periods.
The surge out of halftime was a near role reversal from how the game started. With 19 points in the opening period, Holy Family made the opening appear to be a prelude to a rout.
Even with his team’s high energy out of the gate, Pete Villecco knew he was going to have his hands full with a team that is undefeated in conference play.
“They’re on top of the Frontier League and we knew they would come in here and compete,” the Holy Family said. “We found a way to win.”
Even with the strong finishing effort, the coach was realistic about how his team fared in its final home game of the season.
“We told the guys we probably did not deserve to win that game,” Villecco said. “But we still found a way.”
Holy Family 46, The Pinnacle 45
At Holy Family HS
THE PINNACLE (10-7, 10-0)
Gonzales 1 3-4 6, Perches 2 0-0 5, Kreum 7 0-2 14, Ouk 2 0-0 5, Phillips 5 1-4 11, Sandoval 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 4-10 45.
HOLY FAMILY (15-2, 6-0)
Hollwedel 1 0-1 2, Sprenger 5 0-0 10, Sommers 3 0-1 8, Willis 3 0-0 7, Brown 4 0-0 8, Granberg 4 0-0 8. Totals 22 1-4 46.
Score by quarters:
The Pinnacle 12 6 13 14 — 45
Holy Family 19 9 8 10 — 46
3-point field goals — The Pinnacle (3): Gonzales, Perches, Ouk; Holy Family (1): Golter. Total fouls — The Pinnacle 9; Holy Family 12. Fouled out –None. Technical fouls — None.