The new season didn’t begin the way coach Peter Villecco and his team anticipated Dec. 5 in the D’Evelyn/Golden Preview Classic. Taking on D’Evelyn in the opening round, Holy Family could never …
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The new season didn’t begin the way coach Peter Villecco and his team anticipated Dec. 5 in the D’Evelyn/Golden Preview Classic. Taking on D’Evelyn in the opening round, Holy Family could never find a consistent offensive flow in the 60-39 defeat.
The frustrations began in the opening quarter for the road team. Tallying no points in the first seven minutes and 44 seconds of the affair, the streak was finally broken by senior Jacob Van Handel’s 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining. However, the defense of the Tigers kept them in the game by allowing just 11 points in the frame.
“We had a lot of first-game jitters with guys having their first varsity minutes, and it showed,” Villecco said postgame. “Scoring was tough from everywhere, just hard to score the ball tonight.”
In the second quarter, the Tigers cut the deficit to six after the opening possession jumper by senior Garrett Green — their closest margin the rest of the way. Ending the quarter on a 20-12 run, D’Evelyn found a lot of their scoring on the 3-ball, particularly by senior Camden Jahr, who had three in the frame and 11 points in the quarter.
The third quarter began a little like the first with the Jaguars jumping out with a 5-0 run — ending the third with a 48-25 lead.
As shots continued to falter for the group that averaged 58 points per game a season ago, the fourth, however, was their best play of the night. Outscoring the home team 14-12, freshman Myles Moskowitz and Green tallied six points apiece. Playing much more under control, HF looks to take the momentum from the final quarter into the rest of the season, as lessons will be learned.
“I thought we gave great effort. Defensively, we had some good possessions and we rebounded the ball fairly well. It puts a lot of pressure on your defense when you struggle to score like we did tonight. I think we were 13-of-59 from the field and it’s tough. Our margin of error is small, and we have to be better offensively,” Villecco said.
Green led the way with 12 of the team’s 39 points as senior Dominic Nellis, Van Handel and Moskowitz followed with six each.
To wrap up the tournament, the Tigers defeated Sierra and Steamboat Springs 43-33 and 52-45 respectively.
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