Boys basketball: Holy Family can’t find a way against Rangeview

FORT COLLINS — It’s all part of the process for Holy Family.

The Tigers venture into 4A and a much more difficult non-league schedule than in years past that is designed to make them better in the long run and they know that.

They also know that there are going to be bumps.

On Friday night in the semifinals of the Fort Collins/Poudre Tip-Off at Fort Collins High, coach Pete Villecco’s team had their chances against a very athletic 5A Rangeview squad — drawing to within five points early in the fourth quarter — but eventually falling to the Raiders 63-50.

“These games help us grow,” said Villecco, whose team dropped to 1-2 and will play the third-place game on Saturday at 3 p.m. against new Tri-Valley League foe Windsor. “Our kids competed and that is a little bit different speed for us, but I like the way we competed.”

Rangeview (3-1) snagged an early lead in the first quarter and never let go. Raiders 6-foot-4 senior guard Jalen Davis’ ability to get to the basket and create for his teammates was the key and an early 8-2 run had his team up 13-7 and the Tigers playing catch-up.

Holy Family had little runs throughout the game, including in the second quarter when they cut the lead to 19-17 on the shooting of both Luke and Joe Golter. But for every Tigers run, there was a Rangeview answer right back.

“They were a good team, but we fought and that is all that really matters,” said a nearly 100 percent Chris Helbig, who suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the Tigers’ football season. “I think we got better today.”

Rangeview’s length across the board gave Holy Family fits on the perimeter and with the Tigers trying to climb out of the hole, the Raiders didn’t make it easy for them to find it from beyond the arc.

“They have really good length and athleticism on the perimeter and that’s a good 5A program,” Villecco said. “It’s a good game for us.”

Helbig and senior Luke Golter were able to create off the dribble and combined for 32 — 16 points each — of the Tigers’ 50 points. Austin Brown finished with eight points.

The Raiders, who will get the host Fort Collins Lambkins in Saturday’s title game, were paced by Davis’ 17 points and both Tyrei Randall and Tarren Storey-Way chipped in with 10.

“A game like this really points out the fundamentals we need to work on,” Helbig said. “We’ll get back to that in practice and yeah, it helps seeing one of the most athletic teams around.”

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Rangeview 63, Holy Family 50

At Fort Collins H.S.

RANGEVIEW (3-1)

Tim Wyatt 1 3-4 6, Jalen Davis 7 2-2 17, Tyrei Randall 4 0-0 10, Jalen Guidry 0 0-0 0, Kris Hollins 2 1-1 5, Elijah Blake 2 2-2 7, Donyvan Jackson 0 0-0 0, Tarren Storey-Way 4 2-7 10, Elijah Reed 3 1-2 8, Richard King 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 11-18 63.

HOLY FAMILY (1-2)

Chris Helbig 6 3-4 16, Joe Golter 1 1-2 4, Alex Comeaux 1 1-2 3, Andy Nelson 0 0-0 0, Luke Golter 5 4-6 16, Collin Kuzik 0 0-0 0, Shelbee Wallace 0 0-0 0, Austin Brown 4 0-0 8, Matt Griggs 1 0-0 3, Nick Kruetzer 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-14 50.

Score by quarters:

Rangeview 16 10 20 17 — 63

Holy Family 9 12 18 11 — 50

3-point field goals — Rangeview (6): Randall 2, Wyatt, Davis, Blake, Reed; Holy Family (5): L. Golter 2, Helbig, J. Golter, Griggs. Total fouls — Rangeview 13; Holy Family 17.