Tigers fall short of state bid
FORT COLLINS -- The Holy Family boys basketball team’s stellar season came to a disappointing end last weekend at the Class 3A state boys basketball tournament, with the Tigers dropping both of their games.
The No. 3 seeded Tigers were first upset by No. 22 Eaton 66-37 in the Great 8 and then Holy Family was stunned in a heartbreaking 61-59 overtime loss to Colorado Academy in the consolation round.
That was not how it was suppose to end for the Tigers (20-6), who were one of the most impressive teams in the state going into the state tourney. They cruised by their opponents in the regional tournaments, and were facing Eaton Reds, who they defeated 53-47 earlier in the season.
But on March 14, it was the Reds that looked like a higher seed. They locked up Holy Family from the start Reds took control early with a 13-0 run to start the second quarter, during which the Tigers did not score for five minutes.
Sommers led the way for the Tigers with 12 points and sophomore Luke Golter scored eight.
Holy Family was out to prove its regular-season success wasn’t a fluke, but the Tigers couldn’t withstand a furious rally by Colorado Academy which overcame a six-point deficit in overtime to steal the win. Mustangs’ Justin Bassey scored a lay-up with 1.6 seconds left to steal the win from the Tigers.
Of Holy Family’s six losses this season, three were by five or fewer points -- including two losses to Kent Denver.
Junior Devlin Granberg had 17 points for Holy Family, including six consecutive points in overtime. Sommers added 11 and senior Chuck Hollwedel added six.
Despite the early exit, the Tigers will have a battle-tested squad back next year.
Hollwedel, Jarron Sprenger and Arek Atencio will all graduate for Holy Family, but Holy Family will return three of its top four leading scorers -- including Sommers, who averaged a team-high 12.8 points. Ryan Willis (9.2) and Granberg (8.7), both juniors, will also return.