Boys basketball: Holy Family shuts down Roosevelt

Garrett Green’s game-high 20 points paces Tigers to bounce-back win

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    BROOMFIELD — Garrett Green steals a pass and turns it into instant offense in Holy Family's win over Roosevelt

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    BROOMFIELD — Connor Cooney goes up for a contested shot in Holy Family's win over Roosevelt

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    BROOMFIELD — Garrett Green drives the lane in Holy Family's win over Roosevelt

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    BROOMFIELD — Jackson Ward goes up for a contested shot in Holy Family's win over Roosevelt

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    BROOMFIELD — Dominic Nellis splits defenders in Holy Family's win over Roosevelt



BROOMFIELD — The Holy Family senior duo of Garrett Green and Dominic Nellis enjoyed the view from the end of the bench in the fourth quarter Thursday night, watching the reserves get minutes in a game well in hand.

“Those are the things we play for,” Nellis said. “We love the memories because, at one point, Garrett and I were there at the end of the bench cheering on the starters.”

Getting a little breather in a third game in three nights didn’t hurt, either.

Green scored 20, Nellis had six and another pile of nifty assists, and Holy Family clamped down defensively after a shaky opening quarter to beat Roosevelt 57-37.

It came a night after the Tigers allowed a season-high 71 points in a loss at Erie.

“We came into our huddle before the game and I said, ‘last night, it wasn’t us,’” Green said. “Defense is our first priority and last night wasn’t it. I think tonight we had to prove it and I think we did.”

The Tigers, after allowing 18 points in the first frame, held the Roughriders without a field goal for a span of 12 minutes, 31 seconds while building an insurmountable lead.

Shane Grimes’ lay-in with 1:11 remaining in the first put Roosevelt up 18-10, but that was it for a while. Its next field goal didn’t come until Devean Patrick’s hoop under the basket with 4:40 left in the third — pulling the Roughriders within 10 at 33-23.

Earlier, Blake Hammond, who finished with seven points, and Green, each had a quick four points as part of 14-2 run to end the half. Four different Tigers then had makes to open the third on a 9-1 run.

The team’s reserves emptied the bench with a few minutes gone in the fourth. Nine different players for Holy Family scored.

“We were a bundle of frustration in that first quarter and guys just settled down,” said Tigers coach Peter Villecco, whose team held an opponent under 40 points for a second time this season.

“A goal of ours tonight was to get back to our defensive identity. We have to guard people. That’s our only chance to play with the best teams in our league and we did that for three quarters in this one.”

Holy Family improved to 2-0 on its renovated gymnasium. Before the winter break, the Tigers beat 4A-ranked Centaurus 56-52 on a hardwood that had a few more snazzy touchups to be done.

They’ll now stay at home for their next two, hosting Evergreen Tuesday, then Berthoud Jan. 16.