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    Niwot High School's Max Towlen goes for a layup during a game against Holy Family on Tuesday in Broomfield. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Niwot High School's Thomas Bounds takes a shot over Wega Kinoti during a game against Holy Family on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Kyle Helbig goes for a layup over Cameron Carlson during a game against Niwot on Tuesday in Broomfield. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Holy Family High School head coach Pete Villecco during a game against Niwot on Tuesday in Broomfield.



BROOMFIELD — The winning culture of a program seems often to be dictated by the knowledge of its players that everyone will be playing impactful minutes.

That is Holy Family boys basketball in a nutshell, and on Tuesday night against Niwot the Tigers were able to put their valuable depth on display in a 65-28 non-league win at HFHS.

Even when the game was close, the Tigers weren’t just relegated to keeping their best players out on the court to try and extend a lead. Jonathan Pfenning, Wega Kinoti and Adam Jolly were all instrumental in a big second quarter surge that helped Holy Family (3-1) forge ahead of the Cougars (1-2).

Junior Tanner Baird saw it on the defensive side of things, too. The starting guard finished with a personal early season-most 20 points, but six Tigers players had at least six points in the win.

“We’ve seen coach (Pete Villecco) switch up our starting lineups a bit, and there’s seven guys right now who are getting quality minutes and a couple more others that are getting in for us,” Baird said after a night when he hit 8 of 13 attempts from the floor. “Definitely, guys know they’re going to get to play off the bench.

“Tonight, I thought we played really hard on the defensive end. Twenty-eight points allowed … that’s good defense. Pushing the break was also important for us.”

Was it another slow start for the Tigers? Perhaps, Baird added, as Niwot jumped out to a quick lead with a couple of steals and transition baskets. But the team was able to use some nice half-court possessions to gain a 13-6 lead after one quarter and then utilized a bit of everything to outpace NHS 17-6 in the second quarter.

Kinoti had five points in the frame, hitting a floater early and then nailing an open transition 3-pointer with 2:25 to go to make it 26-10. Adam Jolly also hit his first points early on in the second quarter on his way to eight total points.

Kyle Helbig scored in every quarter but the second on his way to 12 points — a sure sign the team was clicking on almost all cylinders during the game.

It was Holy Family’s third straight win after falling late to top-ranked Golden in the season opener. The stretch of success started with a fourth-quarter rally against D’Evelyn and the Tigers have reeled off two big wins since.

“The Golden game, that’s only going to make us better come February and March, and the D’Evelyn game we showed we could rally,” Baird said, his team looking ahead to hosting Sierra next Tuesday. “I think we’ve shown we can all come together and get that spark when we need it.”

After posting 60 points in its season opener against Frederick, Niwot has dropped two straight games averaging just 33 points in those affairs. On Tuesday night, the Cougars shot 33 percent (12-for-36) from the floor and were out-rebounded 31-19.

Max Towlen led NHS with eight points and Thomas Bounds added seven, and Niwot will look to get back on track on Friday against Greeley Central.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Holy Family 65, Niwot 28

At Holy Family HS

NIWOT (1-2)

Carlson 3 0-0 6, Crall 1 0-1 2, Zemenfes 0 0-0 0, Erickson 0 0-0 0, Bounds 3 0-0 7, Towlen 3 2-2 8, Nagula 2 0-0 5, Hyatt 0 0-0 0, Ostwald 0 0-0 0, Kucharksi 0 0-0 0, Shelson 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 2-3 28.


Nellis 0 0-0 0, Helbig 5 0-0 12, Becker 2 0-0 6, Baird 8 3-3 20, Pfenning 3 0-0 6, Kinoti 3 0-0 6, Sanders 2 0-0 4, Jolly 4 0-1 8, Fernandez 0 0-0 0, Hunter 1 0-2 2. Totals 28 3-6 65.

Score by quarters:


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3-point field goals — Niwot (2): Bounds, Nagula; Holy Family (6): Helbig 2, Becker 2, Baird, Kinoti.