Boys basketball: Holy Family defeats Centauri to earn 3A finals berth

BROOMFIELD — That big sigh of relief you heard on Saturday afternoon was from the little Catholic school on the hill.

Expectations have been high for the Tigers boys team all season, but nothing was given and they had to work for everything they earned.

On Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the Class 3A tournament against 15th-seeded Centauri, the Tigers took care of the Falcons 55-32 and will now have a chance to play at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena. Holy Family will open with No. 7 Brush — the Beetdiggers beat Aspen on their home court 60-43 — on Thursday at a time to be announced by CHSAA on Sunday.

“We knew Centauri was going to be a scrappy team and a team that competes,” said Tigers coach Pete Villecco, who is looking to guide his team to the school’s third boys title and first since 1998. “Our energy the last two games has been real good.”

The high-energy guy out of the gate for Holy Family (22-2) on Saturday was Devlin Granberg. The Creighton-bound baseball star played like he wasn’t ready to lace up the spikes just yet. He scored all 11 of his points in the first half and was pivotal on the boards.

“Coach always says, win the energy game and as a senior captain I take a lot of pride in trying to get our guys up,” Granberg said. “My legs were feeling good, even after yesterday, so I just told myself to attack the glass and do as much as I can.”

The rest of the team fed off that energy. The Tigers defense smothered the Falcons, limiting them to just 12 first-half points.

“We have a few teams in our league that get up in your face and play that aggressive,” said Centauri coach Brandon Sanchez, whose team finished second in the Intermountain League behind Alamosa. “You just don’t see that much length with that much aggression very often. They are so well balanced, and have good size that they are able to pressure with and that is just something we don’t see.”

Holy Family found its shooting touch in the second quarter and, in addition to Granberg’s presence down low, got big 3-pointers from Alex Comeaux, Luke Golter and Ryan Willis that stretched a 13-5 first quarter lead to a 31-12 lead at the half.

Golter lead all scorers with 12 points. After Granberg’s 11, David Sommers finished with seven points and both Chris Helbig and Willis had five.

“Your team really loosens up when you see the ball going through the basket,” Villecco said.

Junior Mitchell Wilson finished with 10 points for Centauri (15-7) and Jeremy Cornum chipped in with eight.

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Holy Family 55, Centauri 32

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Giovanni Ortega 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Cornum 2 3-4 8, Kurtis Shawcroft 0 1-2 1, Clay McCarroll 2 1-2 5, K.C. Jarvies 1 2-6 5, Davon Barrows 0 0-0 0, David Ruybal 0 1-2 1, Mitchell Wilson 3 4-5 10, Devon White 0 0-0 0, Kolton Rogers 1 0-0 2, Garrett Braiden 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 12-21 32.


Chris Helbig 2 1-2 5, Tim Kinoti 0 2-2 2, Alex Comeaux 2 0-0 5, Luke Golter 4 1-4 12, David Sommers 2 2-2 7, Ryan Willis 2 0-0 5, Brennon Lee 2 0-0 4, Joe Golter 0 0-1 0, Austin Brown 0 0-0 0, Matt Griggs 0 0-0 0, Devlin Granberg 5 1-1 11, Nick Kreutzer 2 0-3 4. Totals 21 7-15 55.

Score by quarters:

Centauri 5 7 13 7 — 32

Holy Family 13 18 15 9 — 55

3-point field goals — Centauri (2): Cornum, Jarvies; Holy Family (6): L. Golter 3, Comeaux, Sommers, Willis. Total fouls — Centauri 8; Holy Family 19.