BROOMFIELD — Devin Martinez was not about to let it happen again.
The Broomfield big man and his team were on the wrong side of things last year against Holy Family, and knew they were better than what they showed in that 60-52 loss.
On Saturday night, knowing that a “W” over a cross-town ranked foe would not only give the Eagles a huge boost of confidence, but would go a long way in defining what kind of team they hope to be in January and into March.
If Saturday’s showing was any indication, then buckle your seat belts Eagles fans, this could be entertaining. Broomfield took it to the Tigers in front of a packed house 72-45.
“Just to get a victory and win the right way was big for us,” Martinez said. “This group of guys played really well tonight.”
Basketball is a game of runs and momentum, and in a rivalry game the team that can seize it at the opportune time is the one that is going to have success.
The Eagles threatened to run away and hide early in the second quarter — jumping out to a 20-10 lead — only to have the Tigers make a run back at them.
But Broomfield closed out the first half on a 10-0 run, taking advantage of the Tigers mistakes on the offensive side, and went to the break up 32-18.
“We ended the second quarter with four straight turnovers and it’s tough when you’re not even getting shots off,” said Holy Family coach Pete Villecco, whose team will close out the December portion of their schedule in Pueblo against ranked foes Pueblo South and Pueblo West. “It’s the fixable things for us … it was just a little bit different level athlete than we had seen in the first few weeks.”
Broomfield poured it on in the third quarter, watching their lead balloon to 53-30 after 24 minutes.
“Last week we lost to a good Highlands Ranch team, and that was a good wake up call for us,” said Martinez, who finished with 13 points. “We got dialed in and got stuff done (this week) and came in fired up and it showed up on the court tonight.”
Eight different Broomfield players scored, led by Steven Croell’s 16 points, Martinez’s 13 and 6-foot-7 sophomore Ryan Collins’ 12 off the bench.
“They played fantastic. They were really good in transition and the play with great spacing,” Villecco said. “Their big guys are skilled and are a tough math-up for us.
“It was one of those things where they played really well and we got exposed on some things defensively.”
Broomfield will play in the Cherry Creek Holiday Classic starting on Thursday against Legend and then play two more games on Friday and Saturday before heading to break.
BROOMFIELD 72, HOLY FAMILY 45
HOLY FAMILY (4-2)
Dominic Nellis 0 0-0 0, Kyle Helbig 6 2-2 16, Zach Becker 0 1-2 1, Tanner Baird 2 1-2 5, Jonathan Pfenning 0 1-4 1, Wega Kinoti 3 1-2 8, Aaron Sanders 2 1-2 6, Adam Jolly 3 0-0 6, Dylan Hunter 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 7-14 45.
Justin Berry 3 0-2 8, Jacob Felknor 0 0-0 0, Ryan Collins 3 6-6 12, Grant Swenson 2 0-0 5, Steven Croell 6 3-3 16, Michael Georgiton 2 2-2 6, Kip Mielke 2 0-0 4, Christian Jaramillo 0 0-0 0, Tanner Garner 3 0-0 8, Devin Martinez 5 3-5 13, Mitchell Morales 0 0-0 0, Jack Stoecker 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 14-18 72.
Score by quarters:
3-point field goals — Holy Family (4): Helbig 2, Kinoti, Sanders; Broomfield (6): Berry 2, Garner 2, Swenson, Croell. Total fouls — Holy Family 15; Broomfield 13.