BROOMFIELD — “You can always throw out the records when these teams get together,” Holy Family coach Pete Villecco said.
The rivalry that has blossomed between Holy Family and Broomfield over the years has been fun to watch, and while the balance of power has shifted toward the Tigers (Broomfield leads the series 3-2) it doesn’t make it any less entertaining — especially from the stands.
“Not to be harsh, but they kind of look down on us as the little 3A school and they have been pushing us a round for a few years,” junior guard Chris Helbig said. “I was nice to get back at them.”
The Tigers made it two straight over their cross-town foes, jumping out to a 12-0 lead and them clamping down on defense for a 47-34 win over the Eagles.
Holy Family (12-2) went to work early establishing their home court. Helbig, who was just 6 for 17 from the field, drew much of the attention of the Broomfield defenders, and rightfully so.
That left openings for others to score and on a night when the ball wasn’t necessarily dropping for anyone (14 of 40 from the field, including 0 for 13 from 3-point range), it was Austin Brown who scored all six of his points in the first quarter run.
“We took it on the chin the first five minutes and I was proud of my kids of how they got up and reacted and started to fight back,” said Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn, whose team dropped to 3-11 this season. “At halftime they were talking about taking one step at a time and we did that for a while, we just didn’t do it enough.”
Broomfield cut the lead to single digits at several points in the second half, including 27-19 early in the third, but was unable to string any other big runs together against a suffocating Tigers defense.
“We’ve just got to find a way to play together the whole game as a team and not worry about what the other team is doing,” said Broomfield junior Kyle Rynearson, who finished with a team-high nine points. “It’s about the game, not the opponent.”
As expected, the game got a little bit chippy in the fourth quarter and after an intentional foul was called on Broomfield’s Logan McCormick during a Luke Golter breakaway chance. McCormick was also assessed a technical foul, as was Holy Family’s Alex Comeaux for coming to the rescue of his teammate.
“We hang our hat on defense and rebounding and our kids were amped for this, there was a lot of spirit and a fun game in the community,” said Villecco, who was on Dunn’s staff before coming to Holy Family. “We just wanted to make it hard for them to score. (Broomfield) is way better than their record and they have played a lot of good teams close.”
Helbig was the only player in double figures, and he got help from Comeaux (eight points) and Luke Golter (nine).
“Forty-seven points should be enough to win with our defense,” Helbig said. “We didn’t shoot great and we knew we needed to buckle down on defense and we did a good job with that.”
Holy Family will get back to Tri-Valley League play on Tuesday night against Windsor. Broomfield will try to stop a three-game skid on the same night at Fairview.
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Holy Family 47, Broomfield 34
At Holy Family HS
Breyton Briggs 0 0-0 0, Sam Foster 0 0-0 0, Logan McCormick 1 2-2 4, Kyle Rynearson 2 5-7 9, Jack Burgesser 2 0-0 6, Nate Lehnerz 2 0-0 4, Noah Dohm 0 4-4 4, Sean Duffy 0 1-2 1, Payton Holloway 1 2-6 4, Chad Croell 0 0-0 0, Colt Burgesser 1 0-0 2, Ryan Mazzola 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 14-21 34.
HOLY FAMILY (12-2)
Chris Helbig 6 7-8 19, Joe Golter 1 3-4 5, Alex Comeaux 2 4-4 8, Andy Nelson 0 0-0 0, Luke Golter 2 5-6 9, Zach Horning 0 0-0 0, Tanner Price 0 0-0 0, Collin Kuzik 0 0-0 0, Shelbee Wallace 0 0-0 0, Austin Brown 3 0-0 6, Matt Griggs 0 0-0 0, Nick Kreutzer 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 19-22 47.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 5 9 8 12 — 34
Holy Family 17 8 7 15 — 47
3-point field goals — Broomfield (2): J. Burgesser; Holy Family (0): None. Total fouls — Broomfield 18; Holy Family 18. Fouled out — Lehnerz; J. Golter. Technical fouls — McCormick, Comeaux.