FORT COLLINS — After falling short of a return to the 3A Final Four, the Holy Family boys basketball team had an opportunity to play its way back into the consolation final.
After four ties and eight lead changes against Colorado Academy in the consolation semifinals, the Tigers had a six-point lead with 1:30 left in overtime. But despite their hot start to the extra frame, the Tigers couldn’t hold on and their season ended at Moby Arena in Fort Collins with a 51-49 overtime loss.
“We got a lot of easy baskets,” junior guard Devlin Granberg said of the overtime period. “Those guys are athletic in the paint but they must have missed me on a couple rolls and stuff. I thought we were rolling there but we threw the ball away a couple times trying to get the last shot. We turned the ball over with 20 seconds left and then with 11 seconds left.”
Granberg, who led the Tigers (20-6) with 17 points, scored six straight points off three assists from junior guard David Sommers to open the overtime period. The Mustangs (18-8) came back to tie the game with 39.1 seconds remaining.
The Tigers were inbounding at midcourt with the game tied 49-49 and 11.7 seconds left on the clock. Head coach Pete Villecco said they drew up a play coming out of a time out to get the ball to Sommers, set a ball screen and let him work.
But as Sommers dribbled into position, the Mustangs unexpectedly trapped him from behind at midcourt. Sommers lost the ball and Mustangs freshman Justin Bassey took the ball down the floor for a layup to give them the a two-point lead with 1.6 seconds left.
The Tigers tried a full-court baseball pass but time ran out before they could get off a shot at the receiving end.
The No. 22-seeded Eaton Reds upset the No. 3-seeded Tigers 66-37 in the Great Eight on Thursday night. After the game, Villecco said that if the Tigers did not learn from Thursday’s loss and improve just 12 hours later against the Mustangs, then it truly would have been a failure. He felt that they did.
“I think we learned from it as far as the working part,” Villecco said. “Last night we got outworked. This morning, to come back 12 hours later, our kids showed a lot of character.”
The Tigers trailed 20-18 at halftime, made just six of their 15 free-throw attempts and turned the ball over four times in overtime. They also were missing junior Ryan Willis, who tore his ACL in February, and senior forward Jarron Sprenger, who sprained his ankle Thursday night against Eaton.
The Tigers made it to the Final Four in 2012 and the Great Eight this season. They learned some tough lessons this week but senior point guard Chuck Hollwedel said the Tigers should be excited for the team they’re returning next season.
“We wanted a state title and unfortunately it didn’t work out but I wouldn’t trade this season for anything,” Hollwedel said. “This team laid down a good foundation for what’s to come. We had a good, young team this year and they’re gonna come out swinging next year and get it done where we couldn’t.”
The Tigers will graduate Hollwedel, Sprenger and Arek Atencio.
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Colorado Academy 51, Holy Family 49
At Moby Arena in Fort Collins
HOLY FAMILY (20-6)
Helbig 1 1-2 4, Hollwedel 3 1-2 6, Comeaux 2 1-2 3, Kinoti 2 0-0 2, Sommers 5 0-3 11, Atencio 0 0-0 0, Golter 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 2-2 4, Granberg 8 1-3 17, Kreutzer 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 6-15 49.
COLORADO ACADEMY (18-8)
Bortz 0 0-0 0, Wiseman 0 0-0 0, Buckmelter 7 1-2 18, Kuelling 2 0-0 5, Sachar 0 0-0 0, Hyatt 4 1-2 11, Parker 0 1-2 1, Griswold 1 0-0 2, Bassey 3 2-2 8, Rivera 2 0-1 4, Pratt 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 5-9 51.
Score by quarters:
Holy Family 7 11 10 15 6 — 49
Colorado Academy 12 8 11 12 8 — 51
3-point field goals — Holy Family (3): Helbig, Hollwedel, Sommers; Colorado Academy (6): Buckmelter 3, Hyatt 2, Kuelling. Total fouls — Holy Family 17, Colorado Academy 15. Fouled out — Golter. Technical fouls — None.