Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
BROOMFIELD — Adam Jolly kicked things off nicely for Holy Family before foul trouble sent him to the bench.
Kyle Helbig made sure the Tigers finished in style.
Jolly was perfect in the first quarter and had 11 points, Helbig added 13 in the second half, and Holy Family beat Broomfield 40-34 on Saturday night.
The Tigers (5-1) took home the rivalry’s first Gryphon Trophy — something Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn came up with to spice up the rivalry. The Eagles, meanwhile, dropped to 1-5 on the season.
In a game that featured more defense than offense, Jolly scored all 10 of his team’s points in the opening quarter. To the chants of “You can’t stop him!” by his student section, the 6-foot-4 senior was strong in the paint and made an acrobatic layup in traffic on the back end of a fast-break to catapult his 5-for-5 shooting in the quarter. His only miss in the frame came on a potential 3-point play when he rattled out his free throw attempt.
With four fouls, though, Jolly sat on the bench in the third quarter and for the first two minutes of the fourth.
Helbig took over without him.
The four-year varsity player scored six in the third and seven more in the fourth as the Tigers held on for their third straight win.
“He came in and did a lot of scoring,” Jolly said succinctly.
Added Holy Family Peter Villecco: “I knew it was a matter of time before he elevated his game and it came at a really good time.”
Neither team led by more than three until a Dominic Nellis free throw made it 33-29 with 5:44 remaining. Broomfield climbed within 35-34 on Mark Georgiton’s bucket at 3:13 before a pair of Helbig free throws pushed the lead back to three.
Tanner Baird salted the game away with three free throws in the final 33 seconds.
So, the Gryphon Trophy — “half a big cat and half an eagle,” as Dunn described it — the first one goes to Holy Family and Villecco, a Broomfield grad.
“Any time we have a chance to compete with Broomfield and have a chance to win it’s special,” Villecco said.
Earlier, Nellis ran down a long pass at the baseline before swiveling a pass around his back to Baird, who made an easy layup to make it 18-15. Carson Briggs answered with a three to tie the game going into the break.
Briggs finished with nine to lead Broomfield, while Georgiton had eight. The Eagles and Tigers pounded and scrapped throughout the night, but Broomfield couldn’t muster enough offense in the final minutes.
From the stripe: Broomfield finished 5 of 14, while Holy Family went 7 of 11.
“Both teams are defensive-oriented teams that really value defense,” Dunn said. “Anytime we play (Holy Family), buckets are valuable. It was a hard-fought game, I can’t fault our effort. They hit shots and we didn’t.”
Broomfield leads the series 5-4 over the past nine years.
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Holy Family 40, Broomfield 34
At Holy Family HS
Vanderberg 0 0-0 0, Georgiton 3 0-0 8, Collins 3 1-2 7, Swenson 1 0-0 2, Croell 2 3-10 7, Briggs 3 0-0 9, Stoecker 0 0-0 0, Purdum 0 0-0 0, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Morales 0 1-2 1, Barday 0 0-0 0.
Holy Family (5-1)
Nellis 1 1-2 3, Helbig 5 2-2 13, Becker 0 0-0 0, Baird 2 3-4 7, Pfenning 0 0-0 0, Bartoletti 0 0-0 0, Fernandez 0 0-0 0, Green 2 0-0 6, Jolly 5 1-3 11, Hammond 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Snider 0 0-0 0, Pierret 0 0-0 0.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield (1-5)12688—34Holy Family (5-1)108814—40
3-point field goals — Broomfield (5): Briggs 3, Georgiton 2; Holy Family (3): Green 2, Helbig. Total fouls — Broomfield 16; Holy Family 19. Fouled out — No players fouled out. Technical fouls — There were no technical fouls.